By nicolas genin from Paris, France (66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Actor Omar Sharif at the Festival du Cinéma de Venise. Photo by nicolas genin from Paris, France (66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Actor Omar Sharif, who won acclaim in such films as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Sharif, 83, was resting at his home in Egypt, said his London-based agent Steve Kenis, the Los Angeles Times reported. News of the illness was first reported by Sharif’s son, Tarek El-Sharif, in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Saturday.

The Egyptian-born Sharif began acting in the 1950s and rose to international fame with his first English-speaking role starring opposite Peter O’Toole in 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia.” In 1965, he played the title role in “Doctor Zhivago” and in 1968 starred in “Funny Girl” opposite Barbra Streisand. He has also starred in a number of French-speaking films.

—City News Service

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