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Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian actor Omar Sharif Following the long Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday (July 22, '15), below is a brief career recap of Egyptian film star Omar Sharif, who died on July 10 and whose credits include the David Lean-directed classics Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. A future post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa Like Jacques Sernas', the death of Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the […]


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Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara



Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people […]


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Best British Movies of All Time?



Peter O'Toole Movies: Best Actor Oscar Record of Sorts

Peter O'Toole movies and Best Actor Oscar nominations (image: young Peter O'Toole in the early '60s) (See previous post: “Peter O'Toole 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor: Eight-Time Oscar Nominee Dead at 81.”) At the 2003 Academy Awards ceremony, Meryl Streep handed Peter O'Toole an Honorary Oscar. That remained O'Toole's sole Academy Award “victory.” In fact, with eight Best Actor Oscar nominations to his credit, Peter O'Toole held – or rather, holds – the Oscar's record for the most nods in any of the acting categories without a single (competitive) win. He was shortlisted for the following films: 'Lawrence of Arabia' “I can't imagine anyone whom I'm less like than T.E. Lawrence,” Peter O'Toole himself admitted, but his characterization in David Lean's Lawrence […]


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Peter O'Toole Movies: Best Actor Oscar Record of Sorts



Peter O'Toole Dies: 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor & Eight-Time Oscar Nominee

Peter O'Toole: 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor, eight-time Oscar nominee dead at 81 (image: Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia') Stage, film, and television actor Peter O'Toole, an eight-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee best remembered for his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at a London hospital following “a long illness.” Peter O'Toole was 81. The Irish-born O'Toole (on August 2, 1932, in Connemara, County Galway) began his film career with three supporting roles in 1960 releases: Robert Stevenson's Disney version of Kidnapped; John Guillermin's The Day They Robbed the Bank of England; and Nicholas Ray's The Savage Innocents, starring Anthony Quinn as […]


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Peter O'Toole Dies: 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor & Eight-Time Oscar Nominee





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