He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," at the New Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud (played Romeo), Peggy Ashcroft, Laurence Olivier (played Chorus and Mercutio), Edith Evans, Harry Andrews, Glen Byam Shaw, Alan Napier, Sam Beazley (played Paris), George Devine, and George Howe in the cast. John ...
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Alec Guiness | Sir Alec Guinness | Mystery Guest Star
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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[in 1985 to The Guardian newspaper, on what he intends to do by the end of his life] A kind of little bow, tied on life. And I can see myself drifting off into eternity, or nothing, or whatever it may be, with all sorts of bits of loose string hanging out of my pocket. Why didn't I say this or do that, or why didn't I reconcile myself with someone? Or make sure that someone whom I like was all ...
While filming The Swan
(1956) in Hollywood, he met James Dean
, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!". Guinness unfortunately proved right.
Known for playing multiple complex characters and changing his appearance to suit.