Omar Sharif, of "Lawrence of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago," dies

Omar Sharif with Peter O'Toole at premier of restored version of "Lawrence of Arabia" in New York February 1989. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor who soared to international stardom in two David Lean epics, "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," has died. He was 83.

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Sharif's longtime agent, Steve Kenis, told The Associated Press that Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. Sharif had been suffering from Alzheimers.

"Lawrence of Arabia" earned Sharif a supporting-actor Oscar nomination and international stardom.

Sharif also appeared in the films "Funny Girl," ''Che!" and "The Pink Panther Strikes Again."
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