Sharif Latest Victim Of Global Epidemic
Legendary actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed. He said that the 83-year-old actor was resting at his home in Egypt. No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old actor or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis just a few days earlier.
“It’s difficult to determine what stage it’s at. It’s obvious he’ll never improve and it will get worse. He still knows he’s a famous actor. The loss of memory affects above all specific things, details like when he was in a specific place or who he acted with in a specific film,” Tarek El-Sharif told El Mundo.
“He remembers, for example, that it was Doctor Zhivago but he’s forgotten when it was filmed. He can talk about the film but he forgets its name or he calls it something else instead like Lawrence of Arabia.”
Sharif began his career in the 1950s. His role in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 earned him two Golden Globe awards and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also played the lead role in Doctor Zhivago in 1965, which earned him another Golden Globe. He also starred in Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand in 1968.