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Omar (OH-mahr)

I. Omar Hashim Epps (born 23 July 1973) is an American actor and musician. Belongs to a rap group called Wolfpak that he formed with his brother in 1991. Began writing screenplays at age ten. Attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York, NY. Welcomed his first child with fiance Keisha Spivey in July 2004, a daughter named K'mari Mae.

Epps was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Personal quotes

"I'm going to be the first black President of the United States. If Reagan can do it, I know I can." Newsday, 1999

II. Omar Sharif (born April 10, 1932), also known as Omar El-Sharif, is an Egyptian-born actor (of Syrian origins) who has starred in several Hollywood films. He graduated from Cairo's Victoria College with a math and physics major. At first he worked with his father in the lumber business. In 1953 he started his acting career. He married the Egyptian star Faten Hamama, which rocketed his popularity in the Arab World. The marriage ended in 1974.

His first English language film was Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. He also played Dr. Zhivago in the movie by the same name.


Sharif is also one of the world's best known contract bridge players. He writes a syndicated newspaper bridge column, and there is even a bridge computer game and tutorial that carries his name. Sharif is also a regular in casinos in France, where he once assaulted a casino employee after losing thousands of dollars on a single roulette bet.

III. Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 - April 8, 1981) was one of the main US Army field commanders in North Africa and Europe during the World War II.

Early life and career

Bradley was born to a poor family near Clark, Missouri, the son of a schoolteacher. He was educated at local schools and intended to enter the University of Missouri. Instead, he was advised to try for West Point. He placed first in his district exams for a place and entered the academy in 1911. He graduated from West Point in 1915 as part of a class that contained many future generals, which military historians have called, "The class the stars fell upon."

World War II

Bradley did not receive a frontline command until early 1943 after Operation Torch. He had been given VIII Corps but instead was sent to North Africa to serve under Dwight D. Eisenhower. He became head of II Corps in April and directed them in the final battles of April and May. He then led his corps onto Sicily in July. In the approach to Normandy Bradley was chosen to command the substantial 1st Army Group. During Operation Overlord he commanded three corps directed at the areas codenamed Utah and Omaha. Later in July he planned Operation Cobra which was the beginning of the breakout from the Normandy beachhead. By August, Bradley's command, the renamed 12th Army Group, had swollen to over 900,000 men.


As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bradley strongly rebuked General Douglas MacArthur, the commander of the U.N. forces in Korea, for his desire to expand the Korean War into China. Soon after Truman relieved MacArthur of command in April 1951, Bradley said in Congressional testimony, "Red China is not the powerful nation seeking to dominate the world. Frankly, in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this strategy would involve us in the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.

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