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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 »

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 1996 Interview Day (TV Movie)
 1995 Mute Witness
The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
- 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
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Executioner
- Conversation at Night (1969) ... The Executioner
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Twelfth Night (1969) ... Malvolio
 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 Baker's Dozen (TV Movie)
The Major
 1955 To Paris with Love
Col. Sir Edgar Fraser
 1953 The Square Mile (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 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
 1949 A Run for Your Money
 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 Jean-Paul Sartre's play, "Vicious Circle (Huis Clos)," at the Arts Theatre Club in London, England with Donald Pleasance, and Beatrix Lehmann in the cast. Peter Brook was director. Rolf Gerard was designer. See more »

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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


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor. See more »


While filming The Swan (1956) in Hollywood, he met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!". Guinness unfortunately proved right. See more »


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

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