Agent: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Omar Sharif has Alzheimer’s

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Omar Sharif attends the Lawrence Of Arabia Restoration Screening as part of the 56th London BFI Film Festival at BFI Southbank on October 20, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary “Lawrence of Arabia” actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old or his care.

His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on May 23.

The Egyptian-born Sharif rose to international stardom with his role in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia”— Sharif’s first English-language film. He earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s iconic film opposite Peter O’Toole.

Sharif followed the breakthrough performance with the title role in Lean’s “Doctor Zhivago,” co-starring Julie Christie.

He then played Fanny Brice’s husband, Nicky Arnstein, in “Funny Girl” alongside Barbra Streisand.

His last completed feature film credits were in 2013.

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