Stars you may not know passed away

Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif is probably most famous for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, but while those roles kicked off his career in the U.S., they certainly weren’t the end of it. The Egyptian actor was a powerhouse in cinema for over 60 years, up to his most recent role in 2013’s Rock the Casbah (not to be confused with Bill Murray’s Rock the Kasbah). Younger fans might recognize him from The 13th Warrior, which also starred Antonio Banderas, or the Viggo Mortenson film Hidalgo.

In early 2015, Omar Sharif was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He had a heart attack later that same year and died on July 10, 2015, in Cairo, Egypt. Sadly, his mental health had deteriorated rapidly in those few short months. According to his son, the 83-year-old could remember the broad strokes of his life — he knew he was an actor — but he couldn’t recall when some of his films had been made.