Originally named Mohammed Umer and known to millions of his fans as Umer Sharif, this comedic genius was born on April 19, 1955 in Karachi, Pakistan. Being an outstanding stand-up performer, stage artist, television actor, film star, playwright, producer and director simultaneously, Umer Sharif has proven to the world that when it comes to pure talent, nobody can beat him.
Starting off his career as a 14 year old stage artist in the year 1969, Umer's talent soon came to be recognized as he gained popularity among his stage audiences. During the eighties, he was a part of the cast of 'Fifty Fifty', although that was not his real claim to fame.
In 1985, he produced the breakthrough stage play 'Bakra Qiston Pe', which not only garnered immense popularity in Pakistan but also went on to be a huge hit internationally and made Umer Sharif a household name. After the success of 'Bakra Qiston Pe', he introduced the concept of video tape recording of the stage plays and made it possible for the audiences at home to enjoy his stage plays with equal delight.
'Bakra Qiston Pe' went on to be such a great hit that Umer had to create a number of sequels for the play. Another one of his plays, 'Buddha Ghar Pe Hai', made Umer Sharif the uncrowned king of stage comedy.
With numerous film offers waiting for him, Umer chose to become a film producer and actor at the same time, producing hilarious movies such as 'Mr. Charlie', 'Mr. 420' and 'Miss Fitna'. Alongside, he also made a name on television becoming a host of many shows like 'Hip Hip Hurray', 'Pardah Na Uthao' and 'Sharif vs. Sharif. At present, one of his shows called 'The Sharif Show' is being aired from Geo Television.
Along with his showbiz career, Umer is also invited to conduct many events. In 2008, he was invited to be a guest judge on the show 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge', where aspiring comedians openly accepted him as their guru.