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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