Iconic actor Omar Sharif has sadly been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The 83-year-old star's son, Tarek El-Sharif, 58, first revealed the news during an interview on Saturday, May 23. "It's difficult to determine what stage it's at," he said. "It's obvious he'll never improve and it will get worse."
Omar's ex-wife, the late Faten Hamama, with their son, Tarek, in 1961. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Omar, an Egyptian actor, is known for his starring roles in movies Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Funny Girl. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in 1962's Lawrence of Arabia and has won three Golden Globe awards for his work in film.
"He still knows he's a famous actor. The loss of memory affects above all specific things, details like when he was in a specific place or who he acted with in a specific film," El-Sharif said of his father's current condition.
Omar as Dr. Yuri Zhivago in 1965's Doctor Zhivago. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"He remembers, for example, Doctor Zhivago but he's forgotten when it was filmed. He can talk about the film but he forgets its name or he calls it something else instead like Lawrence of Arabia," the actor's son told Spain's El Mundo newspaper.