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 had a controversial affair with actress Barbra Streisand, which almost cost him his Egyptian citizenship. He was married to Faten Hamama from 1954 to 1974. He had one son.
He played Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia with Alec Guinness.