More than a hundred movies and 60-year career. Some roles have earned awards, Golden Globe, Cesar, Golden Lion … But some stuck to skin all his life. Such as Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia .
Lawrence of Arabia
This is his first Hollywood movie, in 1962. And the film that marked the beginning of his international career. The casting is prestigious: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn run under the direction of David Lean ( The Bridge on the River Kwai ).
The film as the unforgettable music of Maurice Jarre received awards at the Oscars. Omar Sharif was appointed him for the Oscar for supporting actor. On the set, he became good friends with Peter O’Toole, who gave him advice on acting.
Three years later, Omar Sharif found David Lean. It plays the primary role of this great historical epic about the Russian revolution in 1917, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak. Again, the music of Maurice Jarre plays a full role in the film. Omar Sharif shared the bill with Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin and again Alec Guinness. “It was a big gap for me to spend an Arab role to a role of Russian poet,” he said in an interview on TCM .
Based on a true story, the suicide of Archduke Rudolph of Austria, son of Franz Joseph and Empress Sissi with his mistress Mary Vetsera, this film of Terence Young was released in 1968.
Catherine Deneuve plays in this version (there was previously another Mayerling in 1936, with Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux) the beautiful young Baroness Mary Vetsera, and Omar Sharif Archduke. James Mason and Ava Gardner are also showing.
After an Arab prince and a Russian poet, Omar Sharif in 1965 embodies the proud Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan, directed by Henry Levin . The cast of that other great historical fresco, Eli Wallach (big ugly at Sergio Leone), James Mason ( by Northwest ) in the role of a Chinese ambassador (!) , Telly Savalas ( Kojak ) and … Françoise Dorléac.
Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran
In 2003, Omar Sharif plays the character shot of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s novel in the film François Dupeyron Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran . The story of a friendship between Jewish boy and an Arab grocer. This role earned him a César in 2003.