15. Omar Sharif

OMAR SHARIF is a famous Hollywood actor from Egypt. He starred in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two Golden Globe Awards.

Now to the less known feats of this mega star!

Sharif once ranked among the world’s best known contract bridge players forming the “Omar Sharif Bridge Circus” in 1967 which toured the world, competing against many powerhouse teams.

With Charles Goren, Sharif co-wrote a newspaper bridge column for several years for the Chicago tribune, but has mostly turned over the writing of the column to Tannah Hirsch, whose name appears on the byline with Sharif to this day.

He is also both author and co-author of several books on bridge and has licensed his name to a bridge computer game. Omar Sharif Bridge is still sold in Windows and “mobile platform” versions

For a number of years his partner at international tournaments was Egyptian Contract Bridge Superstar Maged Elewa.

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