Omar Sharif Dead: Hollywood Mourns 'Doctor Zhivago,' 'Lawrence of Arabia' Star

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"I grew up on 'Lawrence' and 'Zhivago,'" said Josh Gad. "A legacy with not one, but multiple timeless classics."

Beloved actor Omar Sharif died Friday morning, and the news broke hearts all over Hollywood.

The Egyptian matinee idol, who enthralled audiences around the world with his performances in the sweeping David Lean epics Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia and was also known for playing the smooth gambler/con man Nicky Arnstein opposite Barbra Streisand in the Funny Girl films, died of a "heart attack in his hotel room," his longtime agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

It was reported that Sharif had been battling Alzheimer’s. He was 83.

"Blessed that I was able to work with such a legend," wrote Roland Emmerich, who collaborated with Sharif on the 2008 film 10,000 BC.

Like much of Hollywood, Josh Gad noted his lifelong admiration: "I grew up on Lawrence and Zhivago. A legacy with not one but multiple timeless classics."

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