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Funny Girl (1968)
 Who was considered for Funny Girl?

Sean Connery
Connery was offered the leading man role while filming "You Only Live Twice."
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

Robert Culp
The handsome and dashing "I Spy" and "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" star was widely reported in the press to have signed a deal to play Nick Arnstein.
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

Vince Edwards
Newspaper reports of the day mentioned the "Ben Casey" star as a possibility for the role of Nick Arnstein.
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

David Janssen
The popular star of TV's "The Fugitive" was reported in newspapers as being Barbra Streisand's personal choice to play Nick Arnstein.
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

Sidney Lumet
The director left the project over differences with producer Ray Stark and star Barbra Streisand.
Actor who got the part: William Wyler

Shirley MacLaine
MacLaine was the studio's top choice to play legendary comedienne and Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice.
Actor who got the part: Barbra Streisand

Frank Sinatra
Although seriously considered for the role of gambler, crook, and ladies' man Nicky Arnstein, the gifted, demanding Sinatra was vetoed by star Barbra Streisand who respected his talent but did not like him personally.
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

Sam Wanamaker
The fine actor was screen-tested for the role of Nick Arnstein.
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif



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