So Long, Fred

This is a week for repeats here on FiftyFourAndAHalf.com.  Sorry.

But when I learned a little while ago that actor Omar Sharif died of a heart attack today, well, I thought I’d re-run this story, which isn’t mine, and which I love.

It’s a story that was told to me by Omar Sharif.  Sadly, it was in an interview on TV that I saw many years ago, and not in person.

“I was sitting there on the set of Lawrence,” said Omar of his first meeting with co-star and newbie actor, Peter O’Toole.  And this tall blond man I’d never seen before walked up to me and introduced himself.”

“‘I’m Peter, Peter O’Toole,’ he told me.

“I’m Omar Sharif,” I responded reaching out to shake his hand.

And then Peter responded, with an impish, Irish grin on his face:

“‘Nobody is named ‘Omar.’  I shall call you ‘Fred.'”

And with a toss of his head and a resounding laugh, Fred Sharif concluded:  “and he did!”

You’re going to call me WHAT??? Photo Credit, Irish Times

As the daughter, granddaughter and sister of Freds, I love this story.

RIP, Fred.  I hope you are off riding camels again with Peter.

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38 responses to “So Long, Fred

  1. Loved Omar/Fred in Dr. Zhivago. My favorite role of his. As for Peter O’Toole? Loved him as King Henry in “Lion in Winter” with Katharine Hepburn. A must for any movie buff.

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  2. Oh wow! The passing of Omar Sharif somehow slipped under my radar until I just read your blog. That’s a major bummer! Great story though! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. What a nice thought – both of them riding camels at a heavenly oasis.

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  4. Thank you so much for these words. It is always touching when somebody can go out with a smile left behind. Your story made me smile while being sad, thank you.

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  5. I’ve missed you. Thanks for weighing in. More on that another time.

    I do love your Fred story, although I have to tell you, with my memory, for a moment there, I mistook Fred for Duncan, and my heart clenched up a bit. I read “Goodbye Fred” and thought “Goodbye Duncan”, but thankfully, my eyes eventually caught up to my brain, or the other way around, and then I got to just sit back and enjoy what your shared.

    I can’t imagine a better story to share with the Fred’s in your life. Almost makes me wish I was related to someone named Fred. Well, we’re ALL probably related to someone named Fred, but you know what I meant.

    In a minute it’s going to not be Sunday anymore, so I just wanted to throw a wave in your direction. And I’m really hoping I get time to come back and explore some more. I haven’t been reading anything fun at all lately. One thing about being busy, it sure does leave less room for fun. I don’t know about you, but even though I still have a dog in my life, somehow or another, I still manage to forget that this is also supposed to be fun.

    Thanks for sharing a fun little story about a talented and loved guy. We all miss your Uncle Fred. No, really, we do. 🙂

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    • Duncan is just fine. A scamp, but fine! I did a slide show of him a couple of posts back. Handsome devil.

      I hope you get back to having some more fun, too. And with me!

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  6. I wasn’t as fond of Fred of Arabia, as I was of Dr. Zhivago. But Hollywood has certainly lost a legend.

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  7. Interesting story and I loved reading the comments.

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  8. *cries* We lost another one…

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  9. I’m sure Peter and ‘Fred’ are upturning trains and raiding wells in the dessert… tremendous chemistry they had in that movie.

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    • Tremendous chemistry is right! They were wonderful, close friends all their lives.

      I read in the obit that they did a couple of other movies together, most notably The Night of the Generals,which sounds like it might be quite good. I’d never heard of it.

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  10. Actually, Omar Sharif wasn’t named “Omar”. His real name was Michel Demitri Chalhoub, according to Wikipedia.

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  11. Dana

    Is it true that Omar Sharif didn’t like it when you rocked the Casbah?

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  12. Well now I will never get the image of them riding winged angel camels out of my head…

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  13. Tee hee! one of my fave stories.

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  14. Paul

    I can empathize with Omar. ha! Some years ago, I joined a small dispatch office (three dispatchers an accountant and a VP). We were the long haul arm of a very large regional trucking company (5,000 employees) so we directed about 100 trucks scattered across North America. I was an addition and the original two were Peter and Paul. We spoke with drivers and customers and arranged times, equipment , loading, unloading, pricing, etc. It very very soon became obvious that having two Pauls in a three person office when all the business was done on the phone, was NOT going to work, Since I was the last one hired, they voted and decided I would have to change my name. they did kindly allow me to chose any name I wanted and since I rather fancied Phil, I became Phil for three years. Ha! There are still people out there who only know me as Phil. You would be surprised how easy it is to just change your name one day.

    Fred and I could commiserate. 😀

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  15. Great tale to spread today, Elyse. Thank you! RIP, Fred.

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