‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s, agent confirms

Egyptian actor, 83, is also known for his roles in 'Doctor Zhivago' and 'Funny Girl'

Legendary actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s disease.

The Egyptian actor, 83, is best known for his roles in 1962’s David Lean epic Lawrence Of Arabia, for which he won two Golden Globe awards and received an Oscar nomination, and 1965’s Doctor Zhivago, also directed by Lean, for which he won another Golden Globe award. He also starred opposite Barbra Streisand in 1968’s Funny Girl and its 1975 sequel Funny Lady.

After his son, Tarek Sharif, revealed that his father has Alzheimer’s disease in an interview with a Spanish newspaper, the actor’s agent Steve Kenis confirmed the diagnosis to the Associated Press. The agent gave no other details about the actor’s health. It had been rumoured in recent years that Sharif had been suffering from memory loss and dementia but this is the first time a diagnosis has been confirmed.

Sharif has worked prolifically since the 1960s and more recently he won a Best Actor César Award – the French equivalent of an Oscar – for his role in the 2003 film Monsieur Ibrahim Et Les Fleurs Du Coran. He also appeared in the 2007 US TV mini-series The Ten Commandments and the 2008 Canadian mini-series The Last Templar. His most recent screen appearance came in the 2013 French-Moroccan drama film Rock The Casbah.