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Alec Guinness (1914–2000)

Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941, he entered the Royal Navy as a seaman and was ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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 1996 Interview Day (TV Movie)
 1995 Mute Witness
The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
- A Foreign Field (1993) ... Amos
 1991 Kafka
The Chief Clerk
 1988 A Handful of Dust
Mr. Todd
 1984 Edwin (TV Movie)
Sir Fennimore Truscott
 1980 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Psychiatrist / Himself
- 1980 Christmas Show (1980) ... Psychiatrist / Himself (as Sir Alec Guinness)
 1980 Raise the Titanic
John Bigalow
 1974 The Gift of Friendship (TV Movie)
Jocelyn Broome
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Executioner
- Conversation at Night (1969) ... The Executioner
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Twelfth Night (1969) ... Malvolio
 1967 The Comedians
Major H. O. Jones
 1966 Hotel Paradiso
Benedict Boniface
 1962 Damn the Defiant!
Captain Crawford
 1960 Tunes of Glory
Major Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.
 1959 Our Man in Havana
Jim Wormold
 1959 The Scapegoat
John Barratt / Jacques De Gue
 1957 All at Sea
Captain William Horatio Ambrose
 1955 Baker's Dozen (TV Movie)
The Major
 1955 To Paris with Love
Col. Sir Edgar Fraser
 1953 The Square Mile (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1953 The Captain's Paradise
Captain Henry St. James
 1952 The Promoter
Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin
 1951 The Man in the White Suit
Sidney Stratton
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
 1949 A Run for Your Money
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets
The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / ...
 1934 Evensong
Extra (W.W.I. soldier in concert audience) (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appears (as "Mitya Karamazov") in "The Brothers Karamazov", Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London See more »

Publicity Listings:

13 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 18 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 16 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Alec Guiness | Sir Alec Guinness | Mystery Guest Star


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Had his first speaking role on the professional stage in the melodrama "Queer Cargo" (he did not appear in the film). At age 20, the tyro actor played a Chinese coolie in the first act, a French pirate in Act 2 and a British sailor in Act 3, a foreshadowing of the shapeshifting he would do in his cinema career, where he once played as many as eight roles in a single film (Kind Hearts and Coronets... See more »


Often played noble and fiercely proud leaders and authority figures See more »

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