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Omar Sharif

Top Secret! director David Zucker pays tribute to Omar Sharif: 'We were trying not to crack up too loudly'

The late Omar Sharif will be remembered by many people as a straight, dramatic actor thanks to his roles in such classic films as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. But to fans of cult comedies, and in particular the work of writer-directors David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams, Sharif may be most famous for playing Agent Cedric in 1984’s spy spoof Top Secret!, the trio’s follow-up to their smash-hit, Airplane!.

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Omar Sharif tributes pour in from Barbra Streisand, Antonio Banderas, and more

Hollywood is paying tribute to acting legend Omar Sharif, following news of the Lawrence of Arabia star’s death on Friday.

Sharif, who also starred in Doctor Zhivago and alongside Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, died of a heart attack in a hospital in Cairo, his agent confirmed to EW. The Oscar nominee was 83. Earlier this year, it was revealed Sharif had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Omar Sharif, star of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, dies at 83

Oscar-nominated actor Omar Sharif, who appeared in such films as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died at the age of 83.

Sharif suffered a heart attack Friday afternoon in a hospital in Cairo, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to EW. Earlier this year, it was revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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