I was on the train on the way home from work, listening for the first time in ages to Algerian-French singer Rachid Taha on my MP3 player (yes, I still have one). I discovered him when I heard a song of his in a Simon Baker movie called “Something New” (lovely little film about a black woman falling in love with a white guy). Still love that song:
Anyway, I digress… I was in a bit of a Middle-Eastern mood, listening to this exact song, and right into that mood came the news that Omar Sharif (he was Egyptian) has died! http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-33483877
I remember loving him as Dr. Zhivago and in Lawrence of Arabia and in Funny Girl and Funny Lady! There was something about his eyes and the melancholy in his face that always struck me:
He was a bit of a bad boy and a gambler and I may or may not have once imagined him teaching me to play poker… In any case, I haven’t thought of him or heard of him in years, other than not too long ago a news item saying that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. And today I read he has passed away and I find that that makes me a little sad… I may just have to go watch a few of his old movies now…
Rest in peace, Omar Sharif!