Omar Sharif

Birth Name: Michel Dimitri Chalhoub

Date of Birth: 10 April, 1932

Place of Birth: Alexandria, Egypt

Date of Death: 10 July, 2015

Place of Death: Cairo, Egypt

Ethnicity: Egyptian

Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor.

He was the son of Claire (Saada) and Joseph Chalhoub. He had a son with his former wife, actress and producer Faten Hamama.

He was born to a Melkite Catholic family, and converted to Islam in 1955, when he married Faten.

Omar’s maternal grandmother was named Abla Abdallah.

Omar has often been described as having been of Lebanese and/or Syrian descent, with some reports suggesting that his parents were from the city of Zahlé. However, in a 2009 appearance on Nile Cinema, an Egyptian television program, Omar stated that this was not the case, and that his parents and grandparents were all Egyptian. He stated the same in a 2010 interview.

Source: Genealogy of Omar Sharif (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

1st Photo by Denis Makarenko/Bigstock.com

Omar Sharif 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)
Creative Commons License 2nd photo credit: nicogenin

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10 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    @bablah

    what’s your opinion about Omar Sharif’s background?

  2. lelo4 says:

    His real name screams Lebanese.

  3. andrew says:

    you definitely should change his ethnicity. That “iloveqatar.net” looks to me like a biased site. A “Christian Lebanese” would be more accurate, considering that he was raised as a Melkite Greek Catholic.

  4. Capricious says:

    He definitely has Levant ancestry.

    Full blood Egyptians look like a fairer skinned Obama.

  5. andrew says:

    he is Lebanese

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