23rd May 2024

Omar Sharif – actor and prolific bridge player


The globally acclaimed actor Omar Sharif, who acted in films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Mackenna’s Gold (1969), was quite a prolific bridge player. Omar Sharif was attracted to the card game of bridge when he was 21 years old. In 1964, he was the captain of the United Arab Republic team at the World Bridge Olympiad. With an aim to promote bridge, he formed the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus in 1968, which extensively toured America and Canada. He quit bridge in 2000.


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