A list of names of those killed and injured were released Monday:
- Leilah Hernandez, 15, of Odessa
- Joe Griffith, 40, of Odessa
- Mary Granados, 29, of Odessa
- Edwin Peregrino, 25, of Odessa
- Rodolfo Julio Arco, 57, of Odessa
- Kameron Karltness Brown, 30, of Brownwood
- Raul Garcia, 35, El Paso
- Quadri Fatai, 41, of Houston
- Nathan Hernandez, 18, of Odessa
- Marc Gonzalez, 38, of Odessa
- Zachary Owens, an officer at Midland Police Department
- Timmoth Beard, 55, of San Antonio
- James Santana, an officer at Odessa Police Department
- Glenda Dempsy, 62, of Odessa
- Marco Corral, 62, of San Diego, CA.
- Coy Edge, 53, of Odessa
- Joseph Glide, 60, of Odessa
- Anderson Davis, 17-months-old, of Odessa
- Daniel Munoz, 28, of Yuma, AZ.
- Robert Cavasoz, 38, of Alice, TX.
- Maria Boado, 27, of Hialeah, FL.
- Efe Obayagbona, 45, of Rockport, TX.
- Chuck Pryor, a trooper at the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Timmothy, Hardaway, 54, of Brownwood
- Jesus Alvirez, 21, of Gardendale
- Lilia Diaz, 46, of Odessa
- Krystal Lee, 36, of Odessa
- Larry Shores, 34, of Odessa
- Juvenile male, 9, of Odessa
Born into Hollywood royalty, Peter carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies. He earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing “Easy Rider,” but lost out to William Goldman’s script for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
Nearly three decades later, Fonda snagged a Best Actor nomination for his work in 1997’s “Ulee’s Gold.” He lost out to contemporary Jack Nicholson’s turn in “As Good As It Gets,” but did snag a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Movie for his work in the 1999 Showtime original “The Passion of Ayn Rand.”
ABC News has reported Epstein’s cellmate was removed before his death, that the cameras monitoring him weren’t working, the guards watching him had been overworked and Epstein might not have been on suicide watch despite attempting suicide weeks earlier.
“Put all of this together and you’ve got some real questions to be asked here,” Wecht said.
And as for charges that Wecht is putting a conspiracy out there, he says to look at the facts.
Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93.
His wife, Emily Corbató, said the cause was complications of diabetes. At his death he was a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Corbató, who spent his entire career at M.I.T., oversaw a project in the early 1960s called the Compatible Time-Sharing System, or C.T.S.S., which allowed multiple users in different locations to access a single computer simultaneously through telephone lines.
At the time, computing was done in large batches, and users typically had to wait until the next day to get the results of a computation.
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The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room.
“Describe my father?” Ross Perot Jr., his only son and CEO of the Perot Group, asked rhetorically in an interview. “Obviously a great family man, wonderful father. But at the end of the day, he was a wonderful humanitarian.
“Every day he came to work trying to figure out how he could help somebody.”
DETROIT (AP) — Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, has died in Bel Air, California. He was 94.
Two former Chrysler executives who worked with him, Bud Liebler, the company’s former spokesman, and Bob Lutz, formerly its head of product development, said they were told of the death Tuesday by a close associate of Iacocca’s family.
Cooper eulogized his mother on CNN on Monday morning, saying that when she found out she was ill, she told him, “It’s like that old song: Show me the way to get out of this world because that’s where everything is.”
Tim Conway, who made generations of Americans laugh on TV shows such as “McHale’s Navy” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” died Tuesday morning, his publicist said.
He was 85.
Conway won multiple Emmy Awards, most recently in 2008 for his role as a guest star on the comedy show “30 Rock” in which he played Bucky Bright, an old, long-forgotten television star.
The actor’s big break in Hollywood came on “McHale’s Navy,” when Conway was cast to play Ensign Charles Parker. He was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy in 1963.
Rachel Held Evans, an influential progressive Christian writer and speaker who cheerfully challenged American evangelical culture, died on Saturday at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Evans, 37, entered the hospital in mid-April with the flu, and then had a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, as she wrote on Twitter several weeks ago. According to her husband, Dan Evans, she then developed sustained seizures. Doctors put her in a medically induced coma, but some seizures returned when her medical team attempted to wean her from the medications that were maintaining her coma. Her condition worsened on Thursday morning, and her medical team discovered severe swelling of her brain. She died early on Saturday morning.
Star Wars Fans around the world are mourning the death of actor Peter Mayhem, who played Han Solo’s sidekick Chewbacca in the iconic films.
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The star quarterback on a New Jersey high school football team died after suffering an injury on the field.
Evan Murray, 17, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, played for Warren Hills Regional High School. During a game Friday night at home against Summit he was hit by an opposing player late in the second quarter, the Daily News reported.
He was taken from the field after a Summit interception and subsequent return, Tapinto.netreported Saturday. He was carted off the field in an ambulance, the website said.
The player felt “woozy” after the play but tried reassuring his teammates he would be fine as he was lifted on a gurney and rushed to the hospital, the News reported, citing witnesses.
“He tried giving a thumbs-up to the rest of the team, and all of us cheered,” Kailtin Bell, 16, a Warren Hills junior varsity cheerleader, told the paper.
“Our coach was telling us he was going to be all right,” she said through tears. “We didn’t expect anything would happen.”
At the end of the game, teammates emerged from the locker room and said Murray may have suffered a heart attack, Bell told the News.
Summit won the game 14-12, according to reports.
Warren Hills junior Taylor Coughlin, 16, told LehighValleyLive.com Murray walked off the field after the hit which occurred behind the line of scrimmage.
She said that right around halftime, he fell to the ground on the sideline, hushing the stunned crowd.
“He was laying on the ground and everyone was looking at him,” she told the paper. “He did get back up. He stood up with help and sat on a gurney.”
Coughlin told the website Murray was a member of the National Honor Society. “He was an amazing student and an amazing athlete,” she said. “He stood out in his athletics, his academics—everything.”
Warren Hills coach Larry Dubiel said officials were still trying to determine what happened.
“We lost a fine kid,” he told lehighvalleylive.
A statement from interim Superintendent Gary Bowen on Saturday called the school community “deeply saddened.”
“Last night we experienced a tragedy in the loss of student athlete Evan Murray following an injury during the Summit-Warren Hills football game,” Bowen said. “Our school district, with the cooperation of many, is providing grief and crisis counseling beginning immediately today, Saturday, for as long as the need exists.”
Coaches, students and community members gathered at the school’s football field on Saturday for a memorial.
Bowen declined to take questions from reporters, saying a cause of death has not yet been determined. Authorities said an autopsy was planned for Saturday afternoon.
Members of the school community said they were shocked by Murray’s death.
“I can’t comprehend what happened,” said one parent.
Murray was a three-sport athlete at Warren Hills. He also played basketball and baseball. He had been the Blue Streaks starting quarterback since his sophomore year.
“Man. Myth. Legend. I hope one day I can be half the man Evan Murray was and will forever be,” a friend Sevian Frangipane wrote on Twitter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
An 88-year-old woman has died after being hit by a car while leaving a local bingo game Wednesday night in Greensburg.
Police said that Helen Waugaman was struck after leaving the bingo at a fire hall on East Pittsburgh Street and was flown to Forbes Hospital, where she died at about 4 a.m. Thursday.
Witnesses and the driver who hit Waugaman told police that the woman apparently walked into the street and in front of the car.
The driver stopped at the scene and will not be charged, according to police.
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Baseball lost a legend early Tuesday morning as Hall of Fame Yankees catcher Yogi Berra died at the age of 90. He passed away 69 years to the day after his major league debut on Sept. 22, 1946, when he hit a home run in his second career plate appearance in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Athletics.
World Series excellence
Berra, who played his entire 19-season career with the Yankees, holds multiple World Series records, including most games played (75), most at-bats (259) and most hits (71). Elias Sports Bureau research shows he’s the only player in major league history to win 10 World Series titles, and he caught the only perfect game in postseason history, which was thrown by Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series.
The postseason accomplishments don’t stop there for Berra. He hit the first pinch-hit home run in World Series history, in 1947 off the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, and he’s the only player to hit two home runs in a winner-take-all World Series game (1956 Game 7 against the Dodgers).
One of the best catchers ever
Berra’s playing career with the Yankees included three MVP awards, tied for the most by a catcher in major league history. He is one of three Yankees players with three MVP awards, along with fellow Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.
He made 18 All-Star Game appearances, which is more than any other catcher in history and second-most by a Yankees player behind Mantle’s 20.
Berra hit 358 home runs in his career, fourth most by a player whose primary position was catcher, and advanced metrics paint Berra in a positive light, too. His 56.1 wins above replacement are tied with Mike Piazza for fifth most by a catcher in major league history.
He did not strike out often, recording 414 strikeouts over the course of his career and never more than 38 in one season. He had five seasons in which his home run total was higher than his strikeout total.
Berra the manager
After his playing career, Berra became a manager for the Yankees in 1964, leading them to a 99-63 record and a World Series appearance. Berra went on to manage the New York Mets, leading them to a World Series appearance in 1973, making him the only manager to lead both the Yankees and Mets to a World Series appearance.
Hall of Fame connections
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Berra played with seven Hall of Famers: DiMaggio, Mantle, Whitey Ford, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto, Enos Slaughter and Warren Spahn.
He managed five Hall of Famers (not including Mantle and Ford): Rickey Henderson, Willie Mays, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver and Dave Winfield.
Jack Larson, best know for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 87.
Larson played George Reeves’ (Clark Kent/Superman) wide-eyed coworker at The Daily Planet — a role he tried, in vain, to escape throughout his career — on “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s.
Larson appeared on “Superman” for six seasons, beginning in 1951. The series came to a close following Reeves’ sudden death in 1959.
Larson was also a playwright; his works include 1966’s “The Candied House,” based on “Hansel and Gretel”; “Cherry, Larry, Sandy, Doris, Jean, Paul,” a comedy about being gay; 1968’s “Chuck”; and 1998’s “The Astronaut’s Tale.” Larson wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s “Lord Byron.”
He produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime partner, James Bridges, who he met on the set of Ethel Barrymore’s final film, “Johnny Trouble,” in 1957. Larson produced “The Baby Maker” (1970), “Mike’s Murder” (1984) and “Perfect” (1985), among Bridges’ other movies, through their production company.
Larson also appeared in the 1991 series “Superboy” as “Old Jimmy Olsen” (an older version of Justin Whalin’s character), in an episode of ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” in 2006.
- Jackie Collins, 77, kept her cancer diagnosis almost entirely to herself
- Gave an emotional interview five days ago saying she had no regrets
- Collins said she had lived life like Frank Sinatra, and ‘done it my way’
- Tearfully added that she would ‘always be there’ for her three daughters
Jackie Collins has died aged 77 after a long battle with breast cancer.
The English novelist was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago but kept her illness almost entirely to herself.
A spokesman for her family told People magazine: ‘It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today
‘She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades.
‘She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.’
The best-selling author, who is the sister of actress Joan Collins, 82, had spoken to her three daughters Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46, about her illness.
She gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets.
Collins said she had lived life like Frank Sinatra, and ‘done it my way’.
In the interview with People, she said: ‘Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did.
‘I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. I’ve written five books since the diagnosis, I’ve lived my life, I’ve traveled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it.’
During the emotional interview, Collins – who also has a brother and six grandchildren – said that her family had always been her greatest love.
‘I love being with my family,’ she said. ‘I love sitting out by the pool and watching my [grandkids] play.’
She fought back tears as she added that she wanted her daughters to know that she would ‘always be there’ for them.
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The best-selling author (left), who is the sister of actress Joan Collins (right), was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago
During the emotional interview, Collins (pictured) – who also has a brother and six grandchildren – said that her family had always been her greatest love
Collins (right) gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets
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A special needs student died Friday afternoon in Whittier, Cal. after he was left behind on a hot school bus.
According to the Whittier Daily News, the 19-year-old student was found in a state of “full arrest” on the bus at around 4:30 p.m. local time. That was more than 30 minutes after the bus finished making its rounds and had been parked in the Whittier Union High School bus depot.
“The bus company, Pupil Transportation (Cooperative), driver received a call from dispatch that a student was missing,” said Whittier police officer Brad White, according to the Daily News. “He (returned) to his bus and that’s where he found this young man unresponsive.”
The Pupil Transportation Cooperative is contracted to provide busing services for the Whittier school district and others in southeast Los Angels County.
A U.S. soldier who went missing on Friday from a parachute jump over Washington state has died, police said.
The paratrooper, who was with Special Forces from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, went missing after he jumped out of a plane during a training exercise around noon local time on Friday. Dozens of local police officers and search and rescue teams covered a multi-mile radius throughout the day to find out where the soldier might have landed. Officials have not yet identified the soldier.
He was found by early Saturday morning, but did not survive, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) confirmed.
The U.S. Army and MCSO are investigating the incident as a “tragic training accident.” There has been no indication of what might have gone wrong with the paratrooper.
Last week in Montana, a soldier with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command was injured after his parachute failed to deploy during a training exercise.
Jesse Carter Lay, the philanthropist and grandson of potato chip king Herman Lay, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 44.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office was called to the residence at about 2:10 p.m. local time, officials say. Lay was pronounced dead at his home and the cause of death is pending further investigation.
Lay, who went by Carter, died a natural death, officials told the Associated Press.
Lay was a supporter of both music education and schools, according to the AP.
He founded the Carter Lay Charitable Fund, which among other efforts partnered with RYOT for a video series called DO GOOD MOB, about improving local communities.
Lay has two children, according to TMZ.
It appears that Lay’s final Tweet was a quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
FILE – In this May 24, 1966 file photo, actor Dean Jones, poses for a photo while on set for the Warner Bros. film, “Any Wednesday,” in New York. Jones, has died of Parkinson’s Disease at age 84. He passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles, publicist Richard Hoffman announced on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)
LOS ANGELES – Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney’s favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as “That Darn Cat!” and “The Love Bug,” has died of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.
He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones’ publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday.
Jones’ long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show “Ensign O’Toole,” noting it had “some good closing sequences.” Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.
Jones puzzled over Disney’s remark until it occurred to him that “Ensign O’Toole” preceded Disney’s own Sunday night show on NBC, and he realized Disney probably only watched each episode’s ending.
Two years later, Jones heard from Disney again, calling this time to offer him a role in “That Darn Cat!” opposite ingénue Hayley Mills. His FBI agent Zeke Kelso follows a crime-solving cat that leads him to a pair of bank robbers.
Released in 1965, it would the first of 10 Disney films Jones would make, most of them in the supernatural vein.
“I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “We’re always looking for social significance but maybe people just like to be entertained.”
“The Love Bug” (1969) was the most successful of the genre, with Jones playing a struggling race-driver who acquires a Volkswagen that wins races for him. The Bug, named Herbie, has hidden human traits, and when it feels unappreciated it disappears. Jones must rescue Herbie from the hands of his nefarious rival and issue the car an apology before it wins the big race for him.
After “The Love Bug,” Jones returned to the stage, winning the lead role of Robert in “Company,” Stephen Sondheim’s now-classic musical about marital angst, Manhattan-style. He withdrew from the 1970 production after a short time, citing family problems, but he is heard on the Grammy-winning Broadway cast album.
He had actually started his career as a singer before going on to appear in a string of mostly forgettable films throughout the 1950s. A notable exception was 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock,” one of Elvis Presley’s best-remembered vehicles, in which Jones had a small role as a disc jockey.
In 1960, Jones made his Broadway debut with Jane Fonda in “There Was a Little Girl,” playing Fonda’s boyfriend in a short-lived drama about the rape of a young woman.
He had better luck on Broadway later in 1960, when he appeared in the hit comedy “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” Sparring with Gig Young, who played a comically wolfish character, Jones had “the right blend of sturdiness and lightness,” The New York Times wrote.
He returned to Hollywood to make the film version of “Under the Yum Yum Tree” and to star in television’s “Ensign O’Toole” from 1962 to 1964. He also reteamed with Fonda for the film version of a racy stage comedy, “Any Wednesday.”
It was in Disney’s gentle family comedies, however, that Jones truly hit his stride. Walt Disney himself died in 1966, but the studio and its style of film lived on.
In “Monkeys, Go Home,” Jones tried to teach four monkeys to pick grapes at a French vineyard he inherited. In “Million Dollar Duck,” he was a scientist with a duck that began laying golden eggs after being doused with radiation.
He returned to the Disney studio in 1977 for one more film, “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.”
Twenty years later, he had smaller parts in the remake of “That Darn Cat” and the TV version of “The Love Bug.”
He worked regularly into his 70s, appearing often on TV and in films. His later credits included “St. John in Exile,” ”Beethoven” and “Other People’s Money.”
In 1969, he was host of a TV variety show, “What’s It All About, World?” But he said delivering jokes, stand-up comedy style, was not really his forte. “My bag is acting or getting into an amusing situation and then sharing my amusement,” he told the Times. “I can sense a situation or a character much better than I can sense a line.”
Dean Carroll Jones left his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, at 15, supporting himself by picking cotton and cutting timber until he landed a job as a singer in a New Orleans nightclub. When the club closed, he returned to Decatur to finish high school.
After studying voice at Asbury University in Kentucky, he spent four years in the Navy. Soon after his release, he was signed by MGM, and it appeared for a time that he was being groomed as a possible successor to James Dean.
Jones married Mae Entwisle, a onetime Miss San Diego, in 1954, and the couple had two daughters, Carol and Deanna. He and his second wife, Lory, had a son, Michael.
Over the course of his career, he’d appear in 46 films and five Broadway shows. In 1995, Jones was honored by his longtime employers with a spot in the Disney Legends Hall of Fame.
Besides Lory, his wife of 42 years, and his children, Jones is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died on Sunday after sustaining irreversible brain damage in January.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Georgia said Brown, 22, had no previously unknown medical conditions that would have contributed to her death.
It also said it has issued subpoenas to help gather documentary information on her death, and would conduct additional tests that are expected to take several weeks.
Brown, the only child of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died at an Atlanta-area hospice where her family had placed her a month ago after giving up hope she would recover. She died six months after an unexplained incident that left her unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home.
“Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time,” Bobby Brown, in his first comments on his daughter’s death, said in a statement issued by his lawyer.
“My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable. We thank everyone for the prayers for Krissy and our family as we mourn my baby girl,” he added.
The Medical Examiner’s office had said earlier that efforts to determine what happened to Brown in January would be “challenging” given the time gap between the bathtub incident and her death. She was found face down in the bathtub by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and a friend on Jan. 31.
A $10 million civil lawsuit filed last month by the court-appointed conservator for Brown accused Gordon of causing her “life-threatening injuries” and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma.
No one has been criminally charged in the case, which has been referred to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for further review.
Brown’s death came three years after her Grammy-winning mother, who had battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48.
Entertainment news website Entertainment Tonight, citing an unnamed family source, reported on Monday that a funeral for Brown was expected in Atlanta this week. It said her body would then be taken to New Jersey to be buried alongside her mother in Westfield. Representatives of the family have released no details on funeral arrangements.
(The story has been refiled to fix spelling in headline, Bobbi instead of Bobby and add statement from father Bobby Brown in paragraphs five and six)
|A 46-year-old Unity Township man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening, according to investigators.Bruce A. Maglicco Jr., who was wearing a helmet, was traveling south on Marguerite Road in Unity just before 8:30 p.m. when the motorcycle briefly left the road and slid, according to state police and the Westmoreland County coroner’s office.The 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle came to rest on top of Maglicco in the center of the road, according to a news release from the coroner.A passerby, who is a nurse, stopped and attempted to resuscitate the man, said police and fire Chief Scott Graham. The crash occurred between Coke Oven Hill and Bernie Stone roads, Graham said.The man was transported to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital where he was pronounced dead, investigators said. Maglicco’s cause of death was a result of multiple blunt force injuries, the coroner ruled.An autopsy will not be performed. Toxicology results will take several weeks to complete.Shirley Funeral Home in North Huntingdon Township is handling arrangements.
(CNN)Omar Sharif, the dashing actor whose career included star turns in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” died Friday. He was 83.
The Egyptian-born actor suffered a heart attack this afternoon in Cairo, according to his agent, Steve Kenis. Egyptian state media report that Sharif had been in the hospital for a month.
Antonio Banderas, who starred with Sharif in 1999’s “The 13th Warrior,” expressed his sorrow on Twitter.
“My great friend Omar Sharif has passed away. I will always miss him. He was one of the best,” Banderas posted.
In his prime, Sharif — with his dark eyes, debonair demeanor and exotic accent — was considered one of the most handsome men on the planet, his looks getting as much attention as his acting ability.
“When he walked on the ‘Zhivago’ set in Spain, I took one look and said, ‘I can’t act with that man. He’s too gorgeous!’ ” one of his “Zhivago” co-stars, Geraldine Chaplin, told The New York Times in 1965.
In the ’90s, he had both a perfume and a brand of cigarettes named after him.
But he could also be a formidable actor, earning an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in “Lawrence of Arabia” and winning Golden Globes for it and “Zhivago.”
Sharif was already an established star in the Middle East when he was cast in the role as Sherif Ali Ibn El Karish in director David Lean’s epic 1962 production of “Arabia.” The film, which was also the movie debut of Peter O’Toole, won seven Oscars, including best picture, and is still considered one of the greatest of all time.
It made Sharif a worldwide name, about which he had mixed feelings, he said in 1995.
“I don’t know if I wouldn’t have been a happier person if I had never even made ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ or become internationally famous,” he said. “I was in Egypt. I had a home. I had a wife. I had a kid. I might have had more. It might have been good. But then again, it might have been terrible, I don’t know.”
In ‘the Hollywood of the Middle East’
Sharif was born Michael Demitri Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, on April 10, 1932. He grew up in Cairo, the son of a lumber merchant.
He wanted to be an actor from a young age and performed in theatrical productions as a teenager. In his early 20s, he was cast in an Egyptian film opposite actress Faten Hamama. The 1954 film, whose Arabic title translates to “Struggle in the Valley,” made him a star; the next year, Hamama became his wife. The two were married until 1974.
In a 2007 interview with CNN, he remembered a thriving industry.
“When I started in the Egyptian film industry, we used to produce about 120 films a year,” he recalled. “All the Arab(ic)-speaking films came from Egypt. We were the Hollywood of the Middle East.”
In the early ’60s, Lean cast him in “Lawrence.” Originally, Sharif had a different role, but when Lean was unable to get his other choices — including Horst Buchholz and Alain Delon — Sharif won the part of Sherif Ali. His slow-building entrance, from a far-off dot in the desert distance in Lean’s widescreen masterpiece, is one of the most arresting in cinema.
Lean could be difficult, Sharif said, but the pair got along fine.
“He hated actors, but he loved me. I don’t know why, because I didn’t know myself what I was going to do, and the first shot I had to make, I spent the whole night to practice it for the next day — my first shot in the film. And he knew about this, and he loved me for it,” he told NPR in 2012.
Lean cast Sharif again in his next epic, 1965’s “Doctor Zhivago.” This time he had the lead, as an altruistic Russian physician who romances a wife (Chaplin) and a lover (Julie Christie) before and after the Russian Revolution.
“Sharif, largely through expressions of indignation, compassion and tenderness, makes the character very believable,” wrote Variety’s A.D. Murphy.
The film was an even bigger hit than “Arabia,” making more than $100 million at the box office — at a time when that was an almost unbelievable sum — and finishing second to “The Sound of Music” for the year. Though nominated for 10 Academy Awards, it was also an also-ran to “Music” for best picture.
Moving to bridge
However, Sharif, now one of the biggest stars in the world, had just one more notable hit: 1968’s “Funny Girl,” opposite Barbra Streisand. The film brought him some woe; his films were banned in Egypt because of his onscreen relationship with Streisand, a Jewish woman.
As the ’60s turned into the ’70s, he had started growing indifferent to acting. Though there were some good turns — 1974’s “The Tamarind Seed” and 1975’s “Funny Lady” both did respectably — others were outright bombs.
One film, 1969’s “Che!” in which he played Che Guevara, was named as one of the “50 Worst Films of All Time” in a 1977 book. He also appeared in 1980’s “Oh Heavenly Dog” and 1981’s “Inchon.”
“Only bad films since 1972, (197)3. I’m thinking of really bad,” he told the UK’s Guardian. “To learn bad dialogue is so difficult and so boring, and to work with a stupid director who tells you to do the wrong thing, et cetera, it’s just unbearable.”
He admitted that, by then, he was putting more interest into his other passion: the card game bridge, at which he was an expert player. He wrote a regular column, wrote books and hosted a computer video about the game.
“I refused in my life many films because they happened at the same time as an important tournament,” he told the Guardian. Not that he was always happy with that choice, calling it “stupid.”
He still popped up in occasional productions. He was in the parody “Top Secret!” created by the “Airplane!” team and appeared as the Sorcerer in a production of “Gulliver’s Travels.”
He won a Cesar — the French Oscar — for 2003’s “Monsieur Ibrahim,” a French film about a Muslim who becomes friends with a young Jew.
“I thought it was the right moment to make it, to make a little statement about loving each other and being able to live with each other,” he told the Guardian.
His life wasn’t the romantic lark his image suggested. He acknowledged some issues with gambling — the Guardian noted that he lost £200,000 in one 2003 experience that concluded with Sharif head-butting a police officer — and told Guernica magazine in 1996 that he lived a “sedate” life.
“I don’t go out a lot,” he said. “I’ve always done it. I’ve never had a riotous-living sort of life.”
Romantic? That’s what he aspired to, he said.
“It’s a beautiful word,” he said. “I like it. I think probably I’m sentimental, which is not a beautiful word, but I want to graduate to being romantic.”
Sharif is survived by a son, Tarek, and two grandchildren. He acknowledged a second son out of wedlock in various interviews.