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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 »

Known For

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia Prince Feisal
(1962)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Nicholson
(1957)

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 1995 Mute Witness
The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
 1991 Kafka
The Chief Clerk
 1988 A Handful of Dust
Mr. Todd
 1980 Raise the Titanic
John Bigalow
 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
Capt. William Horatio Ambrose
 1955 To Paris with Love
Col. Sir Edgar Fraser
 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
Holland
 1949 A Run for Your Money
Whimple
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets
The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / ...
 1934 Evensong
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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "The Cocktail Party", Chichester Festival, then Wyndham's Theatre See more »

Publicity Listings:

13 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 18 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 17 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Alec Guiness | Sir Alec Guinness | Mystery Guest Star

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)]: When it came to me in script form, I was in Hollywood on the last day of another movie and I heard it was a script by George Lucas, well that meant something; you know, American Graffiti (1973), this is a new generation, lovely. And then I opened it and saw it was science fiction and groaned, I thought "oh no, they've got the wrong man." I started ... See more »

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He was voted third in the Orange Film 2001 survey of greatest British film actors. See more »

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Often worked with David Lean and Ronald Neame See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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