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Omar Sharif dead: Celebrities react

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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.

“Omar was my first leading man in the movies,” Streisand wrote, in a statement. “He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people’s eyes, the idea of casting him in Funny Girl was considered controversial. Yet somehow, under the direction of William Wyler, the romantic chemistry between Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice transcended stereotypes and prejudice. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar, and I’m profoundly sad to hear of his passing.”

Read on for tributes from director Roland Emmerich, Antonio Banderas, Josh Gad, and others.


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