ABDEL-RAHMAN SHARKAWI, 67, a leading Egyptian journalist, political activist and writer whose plays, poems and novels on political and heroic themes are required reading in Egyptian universities, died in Cairo Nov. 10 after a heart attack.

Mr. Sharkawi achieved fame with his first book, "The Land," which explored peasant sufferings under feudalism. He was a member of Egypt's National Assembly and its Supreme Press Council, and he wrote for the semiofficial newspaper al-Ahram. He was chairman of the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization in 1985 and secretary general of the Supreme Arts Council in 1977 and he also was a past board chairman of the weekly political review Rose al-Youssef.

MIKHAIL I. TSAREV, 83, a leading actor who was director of Moscow's Maly Theater for the past 37 years, has died, according to Tass, official Soviet news agency in an obituary signed by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Tass did not say when or where the death occurred or give its cause.

Tass said Mr. Tsarev had headed the All-Russian Theatrical Society and had been president of the Soviet National Center of the International Theater Institute. He was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1947 and the Order of Lenin in 1963.

WILLIAM N. PAXTON JR., 72, who in 1972 became the first black chairman of Richmond's Democratic Committee, a body on which he served since 1963, died Nov. 7 in Richmond. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Paxton had been a member of the Virginia Crime Commission since 1964 and he was doorkeeper of the state Senate from 1979 to 1986. He was a retired executive of the Virginia Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co., where he worked for more than 30 years.

CHARLES HOLLAND, 77, a black American tenor who sang with jazz bands on NBC radio in the 1930s and later spent 20 years as a classical singer in Europe before performing here again in the late 1960s, died Nov. 7 at his home in Amsterdam. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Holland left this country in 1949 after deciding that American opera discriminated against black men. He triumphed in Europe, singing memorable roles with the Paris Opera and at the Pera-Comique. He also sang "Otello" in London.

ALLAN CHARLES BERNSTEIN, 76, the inventor of the office intercom system that was adapted as the "squawk box" on World War II naval vessels, died Nov. 8 in Tamarac, Fla., after a heart attack.

In 1936, he cofounded Executone Inc., a Jericho, N.Y.-based electronics firm set up to market the intercom and the patient-nurse call system. During World War II, his intercom was modified and dubbed the "squawk box" for use in warships and submarines.