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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)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Nicholson
(1957)

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 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
 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 "The Cardinal") in "The Prisoner", Globe 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:

The stage was my prime interest. I had no ambition to be a film actor, and a screen career seemed unlikely to come my way. I'd done a stage adaption of "Great Expectations" before the war and this had been seen by David Lean and Ronald Neame. I went into the navy during the war, and when I came out they were preparing their film [Great Expectations (1946)]. They remembered my performance on the ... See more »

Trivia:

He was one of the last surviving members of a great generation of British actors, which included Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Aries

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