Omar Sharif would have turned 86 on April 10 this year. To celebrate his birthday, Google honoured his legacy by creating a Google Doodle of the actor on their homepage across 86 countries. Arguably, Sharif is one of the most, if not the most, successful export from the Arab world to the international stage.
Sharif rose to fame as an actor in Egypt through a series of successful films but it wasn’t until 1962 in his role as Sharif Ali in David Lean’s historical epic Lawrence of Arabia that propelled him to international fame.
The world fell in love with Shairf not only for his talents on the screen but also for his looks and charisma beyond the screen. From love affairs that caused international incidents, banned films, escapades with friends and bizarre talents here are eight facts you never knew of Omar Sharif.