Actor Omar Sharif, best known by Armenians for his roles in French film about Armenians “Mayrig” has died aged 83 in Cairo. Watch the full movie in Armenian.
Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia.
He won a further Golden Globe three years later for Doctor Zhivago.
Earlier this year, his agent confirmed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
His agent Steve Kenis said: “He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo.”
Mayrig (Mother) is a 1991 semi-autobiographical film written and directed by French-Armenian filmmaker Henri Verneuil.
The film’s principal cast includes Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif. It is about the struggles of an Armenian family that emigrates to France from Turkey after the Armenian genocide of 1915.
Following the film’s success, Verneuil edited the movie into a television series. He followed that up with 588 rue paradis, a sequel to the original movie.