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Laurence Olivier (1907–1989)

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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 1989 War Requiem
The Old Soldier
 1986 Lost Empires (TV Mini-Series)
Harry Burrard
 1984 The Ebony Tower (TV Movie)
Henry Breasley
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1984) ... Gaius
- Part 2 (1984) ... Gaius
- Part 1 (1984) ... Gaius
 1984 A Voyage Round My Father (TV Movie)
Clifford Mortimer
 1984 A Talent for Murder (TV Movie)
Dr. Anthony Wainwright
 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
- Episode #1.10 (1983) ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.6 ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.9 ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.8 ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.7 ... Pfeuffer
 1983 Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (TV Movie)
Joe Halpern
 1983 King Lear (TV Movie)
King Lear
 1983 The Jigsaw Man
Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
 1978 The Betsy
Number One
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Sir Joseph
 1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie)
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Doctor Spaander
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 2 (1977) ... Nicodemus
- Part 1 (1977) ... Nicodemus
 1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Big Daddy
 1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
- The Collection (1976) ... Harry
 1975 Love Among the Ruins (TV Movie)
Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones
 1974 The Rehearsal
 1973 The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie)
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Creakle
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Field-Marshal Sir John French
 1969 Male of the Species (TV Movie)
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Premier Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
 1968 Romeo and Juliet
Narrator / Lord Montague / Complementary Role (voice, uncredited)
 1967 Uncle Vanya (TV Movie)
Dr. Mihail Lwowitch Astrow
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Astrov
 1965 Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
 1960 The Entertainer
Archie Rice (as Lawrence Olivier)
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
The Regent
 1956 Film Fanfare (TV Series)
- Episode #1.21 (1956) ... Himelf
 1952 Carrie
George Hurstwood
 1948 Hamlet
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
 1944 This Happy Breed
Narrator (uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel
Johnnie - the Trapper
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
 1933 No Funny Business
Clive Dering
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
 1931 Friends and Lovers
Lieutenant Ned Nichols
 1930 Too Many Crooks (Short)
The Man
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(1937-38) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Andrew Cruickshank, Judith Anderson, Niall MacGinnis, John Moody, James Ottaway, Laurence Naismith and James Donald in the cast. Michel Saint-Denis was the director. Sophie Devine (aka Motley) was the designer. Darius ... See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 20 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Baron Olivier | Lawrence Olivier | Lieut. Laurence Olivier | Lord Olivier | Sir Laurence Olivier | Sir Lawrence Olivier


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[on ex-wife Vivien Leigh] We were like brother and sister, just as she always wanted. But fortunately, occasional incest was allowed. See more »


Following a bad fall in March 1989, Olivier endured his final operation, a hip replacement. His sister Sybille died the following month at age 87. By early July, his one remaining kidney was in a precarious state, and he was given a maximum of six weeks left to live. At the time of his death, at 11:15 a.m. on July 11, 1989, he had been sick for the last 22 years of his life. See more »


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So many great roles and only ONE Oscar! ...and an honorary Ocar at that! egonzinc
Olivier in the Godfather cgordon-6
Johnny Depp of His Time? edanna115
looked alot like Ewan McGregor Sonander
A great actor - based on what movies? rentgenas11
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