1962 • 227 Minutes
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif
Screenplay: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson
Producer: Sam Spiegel
Cinematography: F.A. Young
Sharif was initially cast for a smaller role, but when casting delays for the Sherif Ali role became a problem, Sharif was promoted to the larger and more significant role. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won the Golden Globe for his performance in the epic film about the life of TE Lawrence.
1965 • 200 Minutes
Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger
Screenplay: Robert Bolt Based on Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Producer: Carlo Ponti
Cinematography: Freddie Young, Nicolas Roeg
Sharif went from supporting actor to leading man for Lean's next major Hollywood epic. Adapting Boris Pasternak's famous novel, Sharif plays the title role of a married Russian physician who falls in love with another woman while during the first World War and the October revolution. Considered one of the greatest cinematic love stories, due in no small part to the handsome Sharif and his beautiful costar Julie Christie.
1968 • 155 Minutes
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford
Screenplay: Isobel Lennart Based on Funny Girl 1964 musical by Isobel Lennart, Jule Styne, Bob Merrill
Producer: Ray Stark
Cinematography: Harry Stradling, Sr.
Sharif played opposite Barbara Streisand in the smash box office hit of the smash Broadway hit in Funny Girl. Sharif was cast shortly before the Six Day War between Egypt and Israel. When Egyptian newspapers printed publicity photos of Sharif and Streisand in romantic scenes from the film, the Egyptian government actually threatened to revoke his citizenship. To quiet down the controversy the studio executives considered recasting the role, but Streisand and director William Wyler threatened to quit if they did. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed.
Other Notable Films:
THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964)
THE NIGHT OF THE GENERALS (1967)
FUNNY LADY (1975)
TOP SECRET! (1984)
THE 13th WARRIOR (1999)
THE PAROLE OFFICER (2001)
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (2003)
10,000 BC (2008)