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Omar Sharif net worth:
$2 Million

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Birth date: April 10, 1932
Birth place: Alexandria, Egypt
Death date: July 10, 2015 (age 83)
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Actor, Screenwriter
Nationality:Egypt
Spouse:Faten Hamama (m. 1955–1974)
Children:Tarek Sharif

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Michel Demitri Chalhoub was born on 10 April 1932, in Alexandria, Egypt, into a family of Syrian-Lebanese descet, and as Omar Sharif was known as a film actor, particularly famous for his roles in  ‘Lawrence of Arabia'(1962) and ‘Doctor Zhivago'(1965). Sadly, Omar Sharif passed away following a heart attack on 10 July 2015, having suffered with Alzheimer’s disease for a short period.

So just how rich was Omar Sharif? Sources estimate that Omar’s net worth was around $2 million, accumulated during his lengthy career in the movie industry, but by his own admission largely squandered through his gambling habit.

Omar Sharif Net Worth $2 Million

Omar was educated at Victoria College, and although good at, and interested in languages – he was to become proficient in French, Italian, Spanish and Greek as well as Arabic and English – he subsequently graduated from Cairo University with a degree in physics and mathematics. Although working in his father’s business in precious woods, Omar also studied at RADA in London, but then began his acting career in Egypt in 1954, swiftly becoming a star with roles in “Sleepless”, “Lady of the Palace” and “River of Love’, adapted from Anna Karenina. These roles were instrumental in starting to build Omar’s net worth. About this time, Michel Chalhoub adopted the pseudonym of Omar Sharif,  meaning ‘the noble man’ in Arabic

In 1962, Omar Sharif was selected by director David Lean for the authentic role of Sharif Ali in the film “Lawrence of Arabia”, a popular account of an English hero of World War One. Omar’s performance earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor, and winning him two Golden Globe Awards, as well as promoting him to fame around the world, and adding considerably to his net worth.

Omar Sharif was quickly cast quite deliberately in a variety of roles in several other notable films, including “The Yellow Rolls Royce”, “Genghis Khan”, “The Night of the Generals”, and as Che Guevara in “Che!” Then David Lean again cast him, as the star in “Doctor Zhivago”, which received 10 nominations for Oscars, and which won Omar another Golden Globe. He then played opposite Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl”, controversial in his home country as Streisand was a known supporter of Israel. This didn’t prevent him also starring in the sequel “Funny Lady” in 1975, but meantime he also starred in “Mackenna’s Gold”, “Juggernaut” and “The Tamarind Seed” with such stars as Gregory Peck, Richard Harris and Julie Andrews. All these projects contributed significantly to Omar’s net worth.

During the following years, Omar’s roles became fewer, and certainly less interesting to audiences. However, the occasional starring role still arose, such as in the French film “Monsieur Ibrahim”, which brought Omar Sharif a Cesar Award for Best Actor. More recent appearances were in “Heritage”, and finally in “Rock the Casbah”. Overall, Omar appeared in more than 70 films on the big screen, and 15 on TV.

Aside from acting, Omar Sharif had almost another complete life. He was a world class bridge player, and was a columnist on the subject for the Chicago Tribune. He wrote or co-authored several books on the subject, and contributed to several video games and MS-DOS publications. However, he was also an inveterate gambler, which cost him considerable sums of money, hence his relatively modest net worth at the time of his death. In later life he described himself self-deprecatingly as ‘a useless person who plays cards’, but his easy charm and good humour never faltered.

In his rather less than private personal life, Omar Sharif was married only once, to Egyptian actress Faten Hamama from 1954-74, although they separated years earlier; they had one son. He was reputed to have had several relationships, most notably with Barbra Streisand in the late 60s, but publicly he was always careful to protect his partners from media coverage.

Although Omar Sharif was at the height of his acting fame some years before his death, he remained popular with audiences around the world from his long-lasting aforementioned starring roles which brought him world-wide attention. No doubt replays of these films will continue to be viewed for many years to come.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Burglars 1971 Abel Zacharia
The Horsemen 1971 Uraz
The Last Valley 1971 Vogel
Trois hommes sur un cheval 1969 Un turfiste (uncredited)
Che! 1969 Che Guevara
The Appointment 1969 Federico Fendi
Mackenna's Gold 1969 John Colorado
Mayerling 1968 Archduke Rudolf
Funny Girl 1968 Nick Arnstein
C'era una volta 1967 Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
The Night of the Generals 1967 Major Grau
The Poppy Is Also a Flower 1966 Dr. Rad
El mamalik 1965
Doctor Zhivago 1965 Yuri
Marco the Magnificent 1965 Sheik Alla Hou, 'The Desert Wind'
Genghis Khan 1965 Genghis Khan Temujin-Genghis Khan
The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1964 Davich
Behold a Pale Horse 1964 Francisco
The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964 Sohamus
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Sherif Ali
Fi baitina rajul 1961 Ibrahim
Hubbi el wahid 1961
Nahr el hub 1961 Khalid
Ishayat hub 1961 Hussien
Bidaya wa nihaya 1961
Gharam el assiad 1961
Lawet el hub 1960
Nahna el talamiza 1960 Adel
Fadiha fil Zamalek 1959 Ahmed
Maweed maa maghoul 1959 Magdi
Min ajal emraa 1959 Shokri
Sayedat el kasr 1959 Adel
Seraa fil Nil 1959 Muhassab
Ghaltet habibi 1958 Salah
Shatie el asrar 1958 Mamdoh
Goha 1958 Goha (as Omar Cherif)
Ard el salam 1957 Ahmed
La anam 1957 Aziz
Siraa Fil-Mina 1956 Ragab
The Lebanese Mission 1956 Mokrir (as Omar Cherif)
Ayyamine el helwa 1955 Ahmed
Siraa Fil-Wadi 1954 Ahmed
Shaytan al-Sahra 1954
1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham 2015 Short Grandfather
Rock the Casbah 2013 Moulay Hassan Ben Amor
Un château en Italie 2013 Omar Sharif
J'ai oublié de te dire 2009 Jaume
Al Mosafer 2009
The Last Templar 2009 TV Mini-Series Konstantine
Hassan wa Morcus 2008 Hassan / Morcus
10,000 BC 2008 Narrator (voice)
Hanan Wa Haneen 2007 TV Mini-Series Raouf
One Night with the King 2006 Prince Memucan
Kronprinz Rudolf 2006 TV Movie Hans Canon
The Ten Commandments 2006 TV Mini-Series Jethro
Fire at My Heart 2006 Principe Nicola
San Pietro 2005 TV Movie San Pietro
The Search for Eternal Egypt 2005 TV Movie Narrator
Hidalgo 2004 Sheikh Riyadh
Petits mythes urbains 2003-2004 TV Series Le chauffeur de taxi
Monsieur Ibrahim 2003 Monsieur Ibrahim Deneji
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel 2001 TV Movie The King
The Parole Officer 2001 Victor
Censor 2001
Going Public 2000 Video
The 13th Warrior 1999 Melchisidek
Mysteries of Egypt 1998 Documentary Grandfather
Heaven Before I Die 1997 Khalil Gibran
Ça-Va? 1996 Short
Catherine the Great 1996 TV Movie Razumovsky
Gulliver's Travels 1996 TV Mini-Series The Sorcerer
Lie Down with Lions 1994 TV Movie Safar Khan
Dehk, we leab we gad we hob 1993
Mother 1993 TV Mini-Series Hagop
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris 1992 TV Movie Marquis Hippolite
Tengoku no Taizai 1992 Tsai Mang Hua
Beyond Justice 1992 Emir Beni-Zair
Mother 1992 Hagop
Memories of Midnight 1991 TV Movie Constantin Demiris
Mother 1991 Hagop
Al-moaten Masry 1991
Il principe del deserto 1991 TV Mini-Series Emir Beni-Zair
The Rainbow Thief 1990 Dima
Viaggio d'amore 1990 Rico
Mountains of the Moon 1990 Arab chief in Cairo (uncredited)
Le roi de Patagonie 1990 TV Mini-Series Le Consul d'Aninot
Quattro piccole donne 1989 TV Series
The Puppeteer 1989 Mohamed Gad El Kareem
Keys to Freedom 1988 Jonathan
Les pyramides bleues 1988 Alex
Les possédés 1988 Stepan
Grand Larceny 1987 Rashid Saud
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna 1986 TV Movie Czar Nicholas II
The Mind of David Berglas 1986 TV Series
Harem 1986 TV Movie Sultan Hassan
Peter the Great 1986 TV Mini-Series Prince Feodor Romodanovsky
Edge of the Wind 1985 TV Movie McCorquodale
Vicious Circle 1985 TV Movie Garcin
Top Secret! 1984 Agent Cedric
The Far Pavilions 1984 TV Mini-Series Koda Dad
Ayoub 1983
La Martingale 1983 TV Movie Alex Joski
Inchon 1981 Indian Brigadier (uncredited)
Green Ice 1981 Meno Argenti
Pleasure Palace 1980 TV Movie Louie Lefevre
Oh Heavenly Dog 1980 Bart
The Baltimore Bullet 1980 The Deacon
S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert 1980 Baron Cesare Magnasco
Bloodline 1979 Ivo Palazzi
Ashanti 1979 Prince Hassan
The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976 Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)
Crime and Passion 1976 Andre Ferren
Funny Lady 1975 Nicky Arnstein Nick Arnstein
Juggernaut 1974 Captain Alex Brunel
The Tamarind Seed 1974 Feodor Sverdlov
L'île mystérieuse 1973 TV Mini-Series Le capitaine Nemo
The Mysterious Island 1973 Captain Nemo
Le droit d'aimer 1972 Pierre

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Hawk Down 2001 performer: "Ul Iyo Dirkeed", "Dhibic Roob" / writer: "Ul Iyo Dirkeed", "Dhibic Roob"
Numéro 1 1981 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Funny Girl 1968 performer: "You Are Woman, I Am Man", "Sadie, Sadie" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Road to Las Vegas 2009
Petits mythes urbains 2003 TV Series writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La tutfi el shams 1962 co-producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics 2009 TV Movie documentary special thanks
True Originals 2002 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Omar Sharif's Tribute 2015 Documentary short
Stardust Hollywood - Sternenstaub und Götterwelten 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
A la recherche des Mangeurs de Morts 2011 Video documentary Himself
Imagine 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Chasing Mummies 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Cinémas 2010 TV Series Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2010 TV Series Himself
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Días de cine 2009 TV Series Himself
La traversée du désir 2009 Documentary Himself
Séries express 2009 TV Series Himself
Il était une fois... 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Fred Zinnemann - Der Mann, der 'High Noon' machte 2007 TV Movie Himself
Bandes originales: Maurice Jarre 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Romantic Movies 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Sfuoco su di me 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Tavis Smiley 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
La méthode Cauet 2005 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Legenden 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Double je 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Ombre et lumière 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Comme au cinéma 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
On ne peut pas plaire 2004 TV Series Himself
La nuit des Césars 1980-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tout le monde en parle 2003 TV Series Himself
Vivement dimanche 2003 TV Series Himself - Main Guest
Vivement dimanche prochain 2003 TV Series Himself - Main Guest
75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History 2003 TV Special documentary Himself - Interviewee
Building the Great Pyramid 2002 TV Movie documentary Nakht (voice)
The 100 Greatest Films 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' 2000 Video documentary Himself
Legends 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Lebanon... Imprisoned Splendour 1996 Documentary Himself
Umm Kulthum 1996 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Especial humor: Vaya... y vuelta 1996 TV Movie Himself
Lights, Camera, Action! A Century of the Cinema: A Star Is Born 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
'Doctor Zhivago': The Making of a Russian Epic 1995 TV Special documentary Himself - Host / Narrator
Aquí no hay quien duerma 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
¿Qué apostamos? 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Vaya nochecita 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bridge Deluxe with Omar Sharif 1993 Video Game documentary Himself
Clive James' Postcard from... 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Encantada de la vida 1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Querida Concha 1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Parabéns 1992 TV Series Himself / Guest (as Omar Shariff)
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: Alejandro Jodorowsky 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean 1990 TV Special Himself
This Is Your Life 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mysteries of the Pyramids 1988 Video documentary Himself - Host
Gran premio internazionale della TV 1988 TV Series Himself
Le divan 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1988 TV Series Himself - Guest
Land der Berge 1987 TV Series documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance from Sweden 1986 TV Movie Himself
C'est encore mieux l'après-midi 1986 TV Series Himself
Hour Magazine 1986 TV Series Himself
Aspel & Company 1986 TV Series Himself - Guest
The South Bank Show 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
Champs-Elysées 1984 TV Series Himself
Mardi cinéma 1984 TV Series documentary Himself
Numéro 1 1978-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Stars 1980 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965-1980 TV Series Himself - Guest
Benji at Work 1980 TV Short documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1979 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Actor
Over Easy 1978 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
Donahue 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mysteries of the Great Pyramid 1977 TV Movie Himself - Host
Saturday Night at the Mill 1977 TV Series Himself
The Stanley Siegel Show 1975 TV Series Himself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1974 TV Series documentary Himself
Glen Campbell: The Campbells Are Coming 1974 TV Special Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
Show Petula Clark 1971 TV Movie Himself
Gala de l'union 1971 TV Series Himself
Samedi soir 1971 TV Series Himself
The Festival Game 1970 Documentary
Della 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
Girl Talk 1969 TV Series Himself
Die Drehscheibe 1969 TV Series Himself
Vienna: The Years Remembered 1968 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Sophia: A Self-Portrait 1968 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself - Guest
This Is Streisand 1968 Documentary short Himself / Nicky Arnstein
The 39th Annual Academy Awards 1967 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Cinema 1967 TV Series documentary Himself
Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean 1966 Short documentary Himself
Moscow in Madrid 1965 Documentary short Himself
Pasternak 1965 Documentary short Himself
I've Got a Secret 1965 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Guest
Cinépanorama 1963 TV Series documentary Himself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Winner: Most Promising Newcomer - Male and Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series Himself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Días de cine 2015 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Universum 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Sherif Ali
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary Yuri
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Prince Feodor Romodanovsky
Geraldine en España 2006 TV Movie Dr. Yuri Zhivago
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Dr. Yuri Zhivago
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Sherif Ali (in 'Lawrence of Arabia')
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' 2003 Video documentary Himself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Sohamus, 'The Fall of the Roman Empire' (uncredited)
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
Northern Exposure 1991 TV Series Yuri
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
Funny Girl to Funny Lady 1975 TV Special documentary Nick Arnstein
Lionpower from MGM 1967 Short uncredited
The Car That Became a Star 1965 Documentary short Davich

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Actor's Mission Award Art Film Festival
2004 César César Awards, France Best Actor (Meilleur acteur) Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Dubai International Film Festival
2003 Capri Legend Award Capri, Hollywood
2003 Career Golden Lion Venice Film Festival
2003 Audience Award Venice Film Festival Best Actor Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)
1969 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actor - International C'era una volta (1967)
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Drama Doctor Zhivago (1965)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Male Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)
2004 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Supporting Performance Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top New Male Personality 4th place.

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Dramatic Performance, Male Doctor Zhivago (1965)

TitleSalary
Mayerling (1968) $400,000
Funny Girl (1968) £8,000
Doctor Zhivago (1965) £8,000
Genghis Khan (1965) $25,000
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) £8,000

#Fact
1 Was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012.
2 When Omar Sharif signed on with Sam Spiegel to do "Lawrence," it was a seven picture deal at $15,000 per film, which the producer convinced him was the standard rate at the time. The others were "Doctor Zhivago," "Behold a Pale Horse," "Night of the Generals," "Genghis Khan, " "McKenna's Gold," and "Funny Girl.".
3 Born the same day as Delphine Seyrig.
4 Was close friends with Peter O'Toole, who nicknamed him Freddy on the set of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), because 'no one could possibly be called Omar Sharif'.
5 He was a good friend to the French singer Dalida.
6 He said in an interview to the Egyptian Television that his former wife Faten Hamama is his only true love.
7 His parents and sister used to live in Spain.
8 He was a student at Victoria College School in Egypt.
9 He said that he spent most of his time between 1960-1990 away of Egypt living in hotels to film movies in America and Europe.
10 He performed some shows in the British theaters.
11 He was a close friend of Egyptian actors Ahmed Ramzy and Fouad El-Mohandes and famous director Youssef Chahine.
12 He wanted to study in the Royal Academy of Arts but, before he was supposed to travel to London, a producer saw him and offered him the leading role in his first acting role Siraa Fil-Wadi (1954).
13 He said in an Egyptian interview in the early 1990s that he expected that his grandson Omar Sharif Jr. would become a great actor.
14 Receives one-month suspended prison sentence for striking a police officer in a suburban-Paris casino in July 2003. Is also fined $1,700 and ordered to pay the officer $340 in damages. (He had insulted and then head-butted the Pontoise policeman, who tried to intervene in an argument between the actor and a roulette croupier.) [August 2003]
15 Named to star in a musical bio pic on Rudolph Valentino that director Mike Frankovich was preparing.
16 Grandfather of Omar Sharif Jr..
17 Sharif's autobiography 'L'Etenel Masculin"was published in France in 1976 and in America the following year as "The Eternal Male.".
18 As of 2009, he is only one of six performers who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Drama without being nominated for an Oscar for that same role (his for Doctor Zhivago (1965)). The others are Spencer Tracy in The Actress (1953), Anthony Franciosa in Career (1959), Shirley MacLaine in Madame Sousatzka (1988), Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008).
19 Writes a weekly syndicated column on Bridge.
20 Ordered by a US court in Beverly Hills, California to take an anger management course for punching a parking attendant who refused to accept his European currency on 11 June 2005. Sharif was not present for the hearing. (13 February 2007).
21 Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1990.
22 Underwent triple bypass surgery in 1992, and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994. Until his bypass, Sharif smoked 100 cigarettes a day; after the operation he quit easily.
23 Also fluent in Italian (ex. appearance in main RAI show ''Domenica In'' 10/23/2005)
24 He is both author and co-author of several books on Bridge and has licensed his name to a Bridge computer game.
25 5 August 2003 - Received a one-month suspended sentence and a $1700 fine for head-butting a police officer in a French casino in July.
26 Of Lebanese/Syrian descent, but lived in Egypt all his life
27 Fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish, Greek and French.
28 Father of Tarek Sharif.
29 World-class Bridge player, he has been known to anticipate or postpone shootings in order to be able to attend major bridge events.

#Quote
1 [in his 1977 autobiography] I might as well say it; the United States disconcerted me. Especially its women... And, yet, they weren't at fault. I found America disconcerting because it was unlike any country. It represented a world in which I was out beyond my depth. I learned to think and to live in a certain way among people who had much in common... And then all of a sudden, I'd been transported into a world in which everything was foreign: its emotions, sympathy, weaknesses, ideals, vices, envies, malice. America had its own values... I watched its way of being, its way of living, and I failed to understand. The self-confidence, superiority, and independence of the women... These women are different from the ones I'd known... In my country women are dependent. They blush. And I like that; I'm used to that... Curiously enough, American women don't blush. Was I to blame? I was a Europeanized Middle Eastern man. It was asking a lot to make me an Americanized Middle Eastern man as well. Asking too much perhaps.
2 I lived very humbly, in fear, I accepted the films they wanted me to do and even films I didn't want to do and I didn't like because I was afraid of saying no.
3 Since 1966 I have never lived with a woman, I have only lived in hotels and eaten in restaurants. Mine was a very happy life, I am not complaining,
4 I had a couple of adventures with women, but not the great love. I had a great love once with my wife (Faten Hamama) that has to be said.
5 When I made Doctor Zhivago they sold me to MGM for $15,000. I made the film for $15,000. My American lawyer said 'I can sue them', and I said no, leave it, I don't want them to think of me as someone who only wants money.
6 [on being the "only Arab" working in Hollywood] I had to be very careful. For example, Columbia Pictures signed a five-year contract with me when I had made Lawrence of Arabia but they didn't pay me anything.
7 Every moment is like that for me now and that is how it should be. To live well at my age you always have to think about concentrating your attention on the moment that is now and the moment you are living because you don't know how much longer you may live.
8 When one sees what happens in the world between the religions, the different religions - killing each other and murdering each other, it's disgusting and as far as I am concerned it's ridiculous. So I thought I might be useful, I believe in God and I believe in religion, but believe religions should belong to you. The extraordinary thing is that the Jews believe that only the Jews can go to paradise, the Christians believe that only a Christian can go to paradise and the Muslims believe that only the Muslims can go to paradise. Now why should God, in His great justice, make somebody born that cannot go to paradise - it is absurd. Please forgive me I don't mean to say it's absurd, people made it absurd.
9 [final sentence in his autobiography] Actually, I want today to be like yesterday... Is that asking too much?
10 I was a lonely man living out of suitcases in hotels and when you arrive in a new place and you don't know anyone, the only place where you can go if you're a well known person to have dinner alone is a casino. You go to the casino, have dinner by yourself, no one criticizes you and then you play a little bit to give yourself some emotion to fight the boredom of being by yourself, get some excitement. That's all.
11 I stopped making movies because for the last twenty five years I've been making a lot of rubbish because I was in debt all the time. You know I used to gamble quite a bit and then I was always broke. I was always one film behind my debts and so at some point you know I had to work all the time to support my family and myself and all my expensive tastes and then I decided that it became ridiculous at some point. It got to the stage where my own grandchildren use to make fun of my films, which is very serious. They used to say, the previous one was terrible grandfather but this one is even worse so I decided it was time to stop and keep some dignity, especially vis a vis my grandchildren and so I decided to wait for something decent to come - something that I'd like, that I would feel enthusiastic about.
12 I said to [George W. Bush], even before he entered Iraq: "Forget about all that. We, the Arabs . . . are not like regular countries. You will drown there". He didn't believe me.
13 I lived in America for a long time. Only ten per cent of all Americans have a passport. In other words, ninety per cent never left America. They don't know anything. The typical Middle Eastern man is far more intelligent.
14 [interview with Diane Saenger, 2006] I've stopped [playing bridge] altogether. I decided I didn't want to be a slave to any passion any more except for my work. I had too many passions: bridge, horses, gambling. I want to live a different kind of life, be with my family more because I didn't give them enough time.
15 [on Peter O'Toole] The very prototype of the ham.
16 Aggressive feminists scare me.
17 It made me the hero of the whole of France. To head-butt a cop is the dream of every Frenchman.
18 I'd rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie.
19 I definitely want to do more theatre now. Or, two weeks in a film for a remarkable amount of money.


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