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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 32 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Captain 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
Extra (W.W.I. soldier in concert audience) (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in Samuel Spewack's play, "Under the Sycamore Tree," at the Golders Green Hippodrome in Golders Green, London, England with Diana Churchill, Ernest Thesiger, and Eric Porter in the cast. 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

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego. See more »

Trivia:

Harrison Ford said that Guinness helped him find an apartment to stay at when he arrived in England to film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »

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Often worked with David Lean and Ronald Neame See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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