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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 15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Gandhi
Gandhi Lord Irwin
(1982)
The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man Carr Gomm
(1980)
Elizabeth
Elizabeth The Pope
(1998)
Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire Master of Trinity
(1981)

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 1998 Elizabeth
The Pope
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Cockburn
 1998 The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot
Merlin (voice, as Sir John Gielgud)
 1996 Hamlet
Priam
 1996 DragonHeart
King Arthur (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Shine
Cecil Parkes
 1995 Haunted
Doctor Doyle
 1995 First Knight
Oswald
 1992 Shining Through
Sunflower
 1989 Getting It Right
Sir Gordon Munday
 1987 Barbablù, Barbablù
Barbablù
 1986 The Whistle Blower
Sir Adrian Chapple
 1985 Plenty
Sir Leonard Darwin
 1985 The Shooting Party
Cornelius Cardew
 1984 Scandalous
Uncle Willie
 1983 Invitation to the Wedding
Reverend Clyde Ormiston
 1981 Arthur
Hobson
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Master of Trinity (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1981 Sphinx
Abdu-Hamdi (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1980 Lion of the Desert
Sharif El Gariani
 1980 The Formula
Dr. Abraham Esau, Director Reich Energy
 1980 The Conductor
John Lasocki
 1979 The Human Factor
Brigadier Tomlinson
 1979 Caligula
Nerva
 1977 Joseph Andrews
The Doctor
 1976 Aces High
Headmaster
 1975 Galileo
The Old Cardinal
 1974 Gold
Farrell
 1974 11 Harrowhouse
Meecham
 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 Sebastian
Head of Intelligence
 1964/I Hamlet
Ghost (voice)
 1964 Becket
King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Foster - Fogg's Ex-Valet (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1955 Richard III
George, Duke of Clarence
 1936 Secret Agent
Richard Ashenden / Brodie
 1932 Insult
Henri Dubois
 1929 The Clue of the New Pin
Rex Trasmere
 1924 Who Is the Man?
Daniel
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," at the Streatham Hill Theatre in Streatham Hill, London, England with Edith Evans, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Jack Hawkins, Peggy Ashcroft, Margaret Rutherford, and George Howe 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" (1.81 m)
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Personal Quote:

Like all professions, acting has terrible drawbacks. It can be fearfully boring, fearfully unglamorous . . . but what is fun about the theatre is that we get our prizes while we are alive to enjoy them. We have the pleasure of the audience's reaction, we have the applause, we have the publicity, we have the tribute and the honors and whatever it may be. Much more than we probably deserve. See more »

Trivia:

He has two roles in common with both Malcolm McDowell and Michael York: (1) McDowell played King Arthur in Arthur the King (1985), York played him in A Knight in Camelot (1998) and Gielgud played him in DragonHeart (1996) and (2) McDowell played Merlin in Kids of the Round Table (1995), York played him in A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1995) and Gielgud played him in The Magic... See more »

Trademark:

Rich baritone voice See more »

Nickname:

Johnny G.

Star Sign:

Aries

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