Star of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. His other films included 1968's Funny Girl, and the 1957 film, The Lebanese Mission.
He graduated from Victoria College, where he was classmates with literary theorist Edward Said. He later attended and graduated from Cairo University with a degree in physics.
His role in Lawrence of Arabia earned him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 1962.
He played Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia with Alec Guinness.