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Omar Sharif, whose surname means “noble” in Arabic, was born on 10 April 1932, as Michel Demitri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt to a Melkite Greek Catholic family of Syrian-Lebanese descent. His father, Joseph Chalhoub, was a wealthy merchant of exotic woods who, in the early 20th century, settled in Egypt, where Omar was born and raised. His mother was a noted society hostess with Egypt’s King Farouk a regular visitor, before he was deposed in 1952.
In his youth, Sharif studied at Victoria College, Alexandria where he showed a talent for languages; he graduated from the Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics. He then worked for a while in his father’s precious wood business before studying acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1955, Sharif converted to Islam in order to marry Egyptian actress Faten Hamama.

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