Half Jewish, Gay and Descendant of an Egyptian Legend: Omar Sharif Jr. Tells All in New Memoir

The grandson of the movie star has steered clear of Egypt for a decade, but in his new memoir – and a Haaretz interview – the 37-year-old actor tells how even his classmates in Canada gave him grief over his sexual orientation

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Omar Sharif Jr. He left a life of grandiose parties.
Omar Sharif Jr. during a visit to Doha, Qatar, in 2019. He left a life of grandiose parties.
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In March 2012, as the mass protests of the Arab Spring were violently put down by the regime in Cairo, Omar Sharif Jr. published an open letter to the Egyptian people. His goal: Harness the power of Pride in the fight for freedom.

“Last January, I left Egypt with a heavy heart,” Sharif wrote from his new home, Los Angeles. “I traveled to America, leaving behind my family, friends, and compatriots who were in the midst of embarking on a heroic journey toward self-determination,” wrote the grandson of the legendary star of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”

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