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

Stage: Appeared in the Old Vic Theatre Season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, Laurence Olivier, Alec Clunes, Marius Goring and Leo Genn in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. 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:

I can walk through a crowd and nobody would notice at all. See more »

Trivia:

According to playwright Neil Simon, Alec was reading the script for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) while on set filming Murder by Death (1976) and commented that Star Wars may be a "good one". See more »

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Known for playing multiple complex characters and changing his appearance to suit. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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