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John Gielgud (1904–2000)


Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other contemporaries of the National Theatre at the "Old ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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 2000 Catastrophe (Short)
The Protagonist
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Cockburn
 1998 Quest for Camelot
Merlin (voice, as Sir John Gielgud)
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series)
King Constant
- Part 3 (1998) ... King Constant
- Part 2 (1998) ... King Constant
- Part 1 (1998) ... King Constant
 1997 David (TV Movie)
God (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Hamlet
Priam
 1996 DragonHeart
King Arthur (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Movie)
Professor of Sunlight (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1996 Shine
Cecil Parkes
 1995 Haunted
Doctor Doyle
 1995 First Knight
Oswald
 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini-Series)
Pierre Robillard
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Pierre Robillard
 1994 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series)
Percival Pyke Period
- Hand in Glove (1994) ... Percival Pyke Period
 1994 Under the Hammer (TV Series)
Hugo Lunt
- The Fatal Attribution (1994) ... Hugo Lunt
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Lord Wakering
- The Lost Colony (1993) ... Lord Wakering
 1993 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Lord Hinksey
- Twilight of the Gods (1993) ... Lord Hinksey
 1992 Swan Song (Short)
Svetlovidov
 1992 Shining Through
Sunflower
 1991 A TV Dante (TV Mini-Series)
Virgil
- Canto 14 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 13 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 12 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 11 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 10 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
 1991 The Strauss Dynasty (TV Mini-Series)
Drechsler
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Drechsler
 1988-1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Aaron Jastrow
- Part 11 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 10 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 9 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 8 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 7 (1988) ... Aaron Jastrow
 1989 Getting It Right
Sir Gordon Munday
 1988 A Man for All Seasons (TV Movie)
Cardinal Wolsey (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1987 Barbablù, Barbablù
Barbablù
 1986-1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Eddie / Jasper Swift
- Quartermaine's Terms (1987) ... Eddie
- Time After Time (1986) ... Jasper Swift
 1986 The Whistle Blower
Sir Adrian Chapple
 1985 Plenty
Sir Leonard Darwin
 1985 Romance on the Orient Express (TV Movie)
Theodore Woodward
 1985 The Shooting Party
Cornelius Cardew
 1984 Frankenstein (TV Movie)
DeLacey
 1984 Camille (TV Movie)
Duke de Charles
 1984 Scandalous
Uncle Willie
 1983 The Scarlet and the Black (TV Movie)
Pope Pius XII (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1983 Invitation to the Wedding
Reverend Clyde Ormiston
 1982/I A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1982 Marco Polo (TV Mini-Series)
Doge of Venice
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Doge of Venice
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Albert Speer Sr.
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Charmolue
 1981 Arthur
Hobson
 1981 Lion of the Desert
Sharif El Gariani
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Master of Trinity (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1981 Sphinx
Abdu-Hamdi (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1980 The Formula
Dr. Abraham Esau, Director Reich Energy
 1980 Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (TV Movie)
Reverend Jones
 1980 The Conductor
John Lasocki
 1979-1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Cyril Boggis / Jelks
- Parson's Pleasure (1980) ... Cyril Boggis
- Neck (1979) ... Jelks
 1979 The Human Factor
Brigadier Tomlinson
 1979 Caligula
Nerva
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Gillenormand
 1978 Richard II (TV Movie)
John of Gaunt
 1978 Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie)
Chorus
 1978 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Spooner
 1977 Joseph Andrews
The Doctor
 1976 Aces High
Headmaster
 1976 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Mr. Ferraro
- Special Duties (1975) ... Mr. Ferraro
 1975 Galileo
The Old Cardinal
 1974 11 Harrowhouse
Meecham
 1974 Gold
Farrell
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Clinton-Meek
- Part One & Two (1974) ... Clinton-Meek
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Chief Constable
 1973 Menace (TV Series)
Frederick William Densham
- Deliver Us from Evil (1973) ... Frederick William Densham
 1972 Probe (TV Movie)
Harold L. Streeter (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1972 Eagle in a Cage
Lord Sissal
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
Harry
- Home (1972) ... Harry (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1971 Hassan (TV Movie)
Haroun al Raschid
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
The Ghost
- Hamlet (1970) ... The Ghost
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Writer
- Conversation at Night (1969) ... The Writer
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Count Leopold Von Berchtold
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Elder Pope (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1968 Assignment to Kill
Curt Valayan
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Harry
- Home (1968) ... Harry
 1968 Sebastian
Head of Intelligence
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Mock Turtle (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Gabriel Quantara
- The Mayfly and the Frog (1966) ... Gabriel Quantara
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Rich Man
- The Love Song of Barney Kempinski (1966) ... Rich Man
 1964/I Hamlet
Ghost (voice)
 1964 Becket
King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France
 1959-1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Count / Julian Anson
- The Rehearsal (1963) ... The Count
- A Day by the Sea (1959) ... Julian Anson
 1962 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Gaev
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Foster - Fogg's Ex-Valet (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1955 Richard III
George, Duke of Clarence
 1941 An Airman's Letter to His Mother (Short)
Narrator
 1937 Full Fathom Five (Short) (voice)
 1932 Insult
Henri Dubois
 1929 The Clue of the New Pin
Rex Trasmere
 1924 Who Is the Man?
Daniel
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Other Works:

He acted and directed William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," at the New Theatre in London, England with Frank Vosper, Laura Cowie, Jessica Tandy, George Devine, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle, Alec Guinness (played Osric), William Devlin, Glen Byam Shaw, George Howe, Sam Beazley, Geoffrey Toone, and Frith Banbury in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Print Biographies | 16 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir John Gielgud

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Peggy Ashcroft] I'm absolutely devoted to her. People can't behave badly when she's around. She has such integrity. See more »

Trivia:

Knighted in 1953 and appointed a Companion of Honour in 1977. See more »

Trademark:

His prominent hooked nose, which gave him a distinctive profile See more »

Nickname:

Johnny G.

Star Sign:

Aries

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