Sharif, Omar Jr.

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Sharif, Omar Jr. Gender: M
Omar Joseph El Sharif Jr.
born on 28 November 1983 at 02:09 (= 02:09 AM )
Place Montréal, Quebec (CAN), 45n31, 73w34
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 05°28' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 16°36 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 07°47'

Omar Jr. Sharif (presenting "Coming Out in the Middle of a Revolution," 2018 Oslo Freedom Forum at Taiwan)
photo: CY, Meng, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Egyptian-Canadian actor, model and gay activist who currently lives in the United States. He is said to be "the first public personality to ever come out as openly gay in the Arab World." His announcement led to widespread criticism and threats of violence.

His paternal grandparents were Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama, both Egyptian screen actors; his maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Sharif is the son of an Egyptian mother, Karima Hassan "Pasha" Nashaat of Zamalek Cairo and a Muslim father, Tarek.

During his childhood, Sharif was shuttled back and forth between Montreal, Paris and Cairo. He has a B.A. from Queen's University, a Master’s in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a degree in Performing Arts from The Lee Strasberg Institute.

Sharif acted in the 2000 Egyptian miniseries Wagh el qamar, the 2005-2006 French-language Canadian series Virginie, the 2008 Egyptian film Hassan wa Morcus and the 2016 Irish film The Secret Scripture.

As a model he was "the face of Coca-Cola for the Arabic world" and appeared in a major Calvin Klein print campaign in Egypt.

He was a presenter at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in 2011, during which he performed a memorable comedic sketch with 94-year-old actor Kirk Douglas.

From 2013 to 2015, he was the National Spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). In an August 2015 interview, Sharif said that his recently deceased grandfather, Omar Sharif, had been aware of his homosexuality and had never had a problem with it. He also said he hoped to change Egyptian attitudes toward gay people. "I'm a son, I'm a brother, I’m a coworker, I'm a friend," he said. "I'm not a fact, or a figure, or a statistic. I'm not a moral or an ethical debate."

Sharif gave a speech at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum discussing his coming out story during Arab Spring and admitting to suicidal thoughts.

As of 2012 he was living in Cairo, however shortly thereafter, uneasy about the "new Egypt," he left the country. He now resides in Los Angeles, California.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Sharif, Omar (born 10 April 1932). Notes: Grandkin


  • Death of Significant person 10 July 2015 (His grandfather, Omar Sharif)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes time of birth from news report, "Omar Sharif's a Grandfather," The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), Wed 30 Nov 1983, page C1: "Sharif became a grandfather late in the wee hours of Sunday morning -- 2:09 a.m. to be exact -- when his first grandson was born at St. Mary's Hospital." The date of that Sunday was 27 Nov, however this appears to be a mistake because his birth notice in the same newspaper on 3 Dec 1983 (page G6) gives his birth date as 28 Nov.


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Body : Race (Middle Eastern)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MA)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Gay rights)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (First gay Arab celebrity)