Omar Sharif 1969

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Egyptian actor Omar Sharif looks a bit annoyed on a poster in Bravo in December 1969.

Sharif was born in 1932 to a Lebanese-Syrian Christian family as Maechel Chalhoub, but took on the name by which we knew him when he converted to Islam in 1953. His conversion was not a matter of faith but of expedience (Sharif was well-known for being able to hold his drink) to marry the Egyptian filmstar Faten Hamama — a marriage that helped him become a star himself. The marriage broke apart in the late 1960s and they were divorced in 1974. Hamama died in January 2015, half a year before Sharif. Bith were 83 when they died.