|Date of Birth||2 April 1914, Marylebone, London, England, UK|
|Date of Death||5 August 2000, Midhurst, Sussex, England, UK (liver cancer)|
|Birth Name||Alec Guinness de Cuffe|
|Height||5' 10" (1.78 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
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 commissioned the next year. Beyond an extra role in Evensong (1934), his film career began after World War II with his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946). A string of films, mostly comedies, showed off his ability to look different in every role, eight of them, including a woman, in one movie alone, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).
His best known recent work was as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and its sequels. He earned a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe Award in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and an Honorary Academy Award (1980) for "advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances". Academy nominations have included The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) (actor); The Horse's Mouth (1958) (screenplay); Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (supporting) and Little Dorrit (1987) (supporting). He was one of three major British actors, along with Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, who successfully made the transition from Shakespearean theater to Hollywood blockbusters immediately after the Second World War.
He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1955 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to drama. He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1959 Queen's New Years Honours for his services to drama. He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to drama. Sir Alec Guinness died at age 86 of liver cancer on August 5, 2000.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|Merula Salaman||(20 June 1938 - 5 August 2000) (his death) (1 child)|
Trade Mark (4)
Personal Quotes (36)
|Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)||£6,000|
|The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)||£6,000|
|Star Wars (1977)||$150,000 + 2 1/4% of profits|
|Little Dorrit (1987)||£180,000|