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Omar Sharif suffering from Alzheimer's disease, agent confirms

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif at the 66th edition

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 10, 2009. Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent confirmed on Monday, May 25, 2015. Credit: AP / Joel Ryan

Omar Sharif, who earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia" and starred in 1965's "Doctor Zhivago," is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that the 83-year-old actor's agent had confirmed a report that first appeared Saturday in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

According to a translation by the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Sharif's son, Tarek El-Sharif, said, "When someone seems him in the street and approaches him, he often thinks it's someone he used to know whose name and face he's forgotten when most of the time it's just a fan. He still knows he's a famous actor. The loss of memory affects above all specific things, details like when he was in a specific place or who he acted with in a specific film."

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