Remembering Omar Sharif

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The obituaries for Omar Sharif have understandably focused on his performances in Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. Over his long career, Sharif may not have done quite enough films, whether notable or not, to stand as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, but very few actors other than the great ones have given two iconic performances such as his portrayals of Sharif Ali and Yuri Zhivago–never mind two such performances within such a relatively short time span so early in their careers.

Although I am aware that the film failed to live up to expectations, I have personally enjoyed Behold a Pale Horse, and I have found Sharif’s performance as the Spanish priest, Father Francisco, to be especially compelling. In 1964, the same year in which Behold a Pale Horse was released, Sharif was part of the large “all-star” cast for the triptych film,

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