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Alec Guinness (1914–2000)


Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), General Yevgraf Zhivago in ... 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)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
(1983)

Filmography

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 1996 Interview Day (TV Movie)
James
 1995 Mute Witness
The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
Amos
- 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 Raise the Titanic
John Bigalow
 1974 The Gift of Friendship (TV Movie)
Jocelyn Broome
 1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Malvolio
- Twelfth Night (1970) ... Malvolio
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Executioner
- Conversation at Night (1969) ... The Executioner
 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 Baker's Dozen (TV Movie)
The Major
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Workman" and "Yakov") in "The Seagull", New Theatre See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Alec Guiness | Mr. Alec Guinness | Sir Alec Guinness | Mystery Guest Star

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on how much he disliked working on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and his attempts to encourage George Lucas to kill off Obi-Wan Kenobi] And he agreed with me. What I didn't tell him was that I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo. See more »

Trivia:

He appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Great Expectations (1946), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and A Passage to India (1984). With the exception of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), all the other five films were directed by David Lean. And of those six, ... See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Aries

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