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Omar Sharif, who made one of the greatest entrances in Hollywood history, has made his exit in his native Egypt at the age of 83.
He was an established star in Egyptian cinema when David Lean cast him in the 1962 epic Lawrence Of Arabia. His performance made him an international star.
Cinema audiences watched entranced as he was first seen in the distance as a speck in the sweltering desert, before emerging as a black-clad figure on a camel who challenged the film's hero, played by Peter O'Toole.
The actor, who starred in hit films including Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His agent, Steve Kenis, said: "He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo."
Sharif famously starred opposite Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay in Doctor Zhivago.
He played the title character in the romantic epic set in revolutionary Russia.
His appearance in Funny Girl opposite Barbra Streisand, who is Jewish, was condemned in the Middle East but is now regarded as one of his finest roles. Sharif famously had an affair with Streisand.
Sharif married actress Faten Hamama and they had a son, Tarek El-Sharif, born 1957 in Egypt, who appeared in Doctor Zhivago as Yuri at the age of eight.
In addition to his son, he had two grandsons - one of which, Omar Sharif, Jr. born in 1983 (pictured) is also an actor.
Sharif was blessed with dashing good looks and took on many debonair leading roles. Here he romances Catherine Deneuve's character in Mayerling.
He played Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, and Catherine Deneuve was 17-year-old Maria Vetsera in their roles as star-crossed lovers.
In The Yellow Rolls Royce he starred alongside Anthony Asquith and Ingrid Bergman.
He got up close and personal in Genghis Khan of 1964.
Here is the spectacular palace scene, from the same film, which was shot in Berlin, with James Mason as Kam Ling and Omar Sharif as the legendary Ghengis Khan.
He continued to be something of a ladies' man. Here he's pictured cosying up to a date at the premiere of The Ladykillers, part of the Cannes Film Festival of 2004.
Sharif starred alongside Anthony Quayle, Mel Ferrrer, James Mason, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, Sophia Loren, Christopher Plummer, Omar Sharif and John Ireland in The Fall of the Roman Empire of 1964.
Here he seen in character as Prince F. Romodanovsky, advisor to Peter in the mini series Peter The Great of 1985.
Sharif took on the role of Che Guevara in the controversial movie Che, about the life and violent times of the Cuban revolutionary.
A more recent role saw him star opposite Viggo Mortensen in Hidalgo in 2003.
He went on to star in dozens of films but his career never quite lived up to its early promise and his later fame rested on his ability with a pack of cards - he was a regular in casinos and was one of the world's best bridge players.