Omar Sharif Dead At 83: Stars React, Mourn Legendary Actor With Twitter Tributes
Legendary actor Omar Sharif died in a hospital at the age of 83 from a heart attack on Friday in Cairo, Egypt, and stars are taking to Twitter with reactions to the sad news. The news was confirmed by Sharif’s agent, and comes after recent reports that said Sharif was battling Alzheimer’s. Sharif was best known for his roles in films such Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Funny Girl, Che!, and The Pink Panthere Strikes Again.
Sharif earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia, and went on to win a Golden Globe in 1963 for his performance in the film. Lawrence of Arabia helped propel Sharif’s career, and he went on to star in a number of other classic movies. He won another Golden Globe in 1966 for Doctor Zhivago. Sharif’s last role was in 2013 as Moulay Hassan in Rock the Casbah.
Shortly after news broke of Sharif’s death, his The 13th Warrior co-star Antonio Banderas, tweeted, “My great friend Omar Sharif has passed away. I will always miss him. He was one of the best. D.E.P.” Rosie O’Donnell posted, “Nicky Arnstein – Nicky Armstein – what a beautiful beautiful name …#ThankYou #OmarSharif,” referring to his Funny Girl role. Actor Matthew Modine wrote, “Thank you #OmarSharif – thank you for your intelligence, elegance & style. you made an indelible mark on cinema #RIP.” And Wendell Pierce mourned, “Elegance & Grace. Omar Sharif was a brilliant artist. He transported me to distant worlds in his films. A true Movie Star! Rest in Peace.”
Josh Gad tweeted that he was “sad” to hear the news, adding, “ I grew up on Lawrence and Zhivago. A legacy with not one but multiple timeless classics.” Roland Emmerich, posted, “Very saddened by the passing of Omar Sharif. Blessed that I was able to work with such a legend. Love to the family.” Rose McGowan said she wanted Sharif to “say hi to my friend” Peter O’Toole, who died in December 2013. She added, “Thank you for bestowing your gifts on us. #omarsharif #legend.” And Larry King tweeted, “I knew Omar Sharif very well & adored him. A dashing, bright, honest, classy, wonderful guy and a great bridge player! I miss you, Omar.”
Alec Baldwin retweeted, “Rest in peace the great Omar Sharif,” while Debra Messing posted, “RIP OMAR SHARIF growing up Funny Girl was my fav movie and I identified with BS and fell in love with this gorgeous exotic man. #1stlove.” Sharif’s Funny Girl co-star Barbara Streisand released a statement about the actor’s death, saying, “Omar was my first leading man in the movies. He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people’s eyes, the idea of casting him in Funny Girl was considered controversial” She added, “Yet somehow, under the direction of William Wyler, the romantic chemistry between Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice transcended stereotypes and prejudice. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar, and I’m profoundly sad to hear of his passing.”
Gossip Cop will update as the tributes continue to pour in.