Omar Sharif’s first introduction to American audiences was as Sherif Ali in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia. The iconic performance opposite Peter O’Toole earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The character would also brand him as the outsider, the foreign stranger, the other. While this lead to career heights such as the title role in 1965’s Doctor Zhivago, it also limited Sharif. Although well-received by Hollywood and celebrated by fans, Sharif never replicated the stardom achieved in his home nation of Egypt. In addition to acting, Sharif became known for being one of the world’s greatest contract bridge players.