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Laurence Olivier (1907–1989)


He could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Laurence Olivier in 1927. One of Olivier's earliest successes as a Shakespearean actor on the London stage came in 1935 when he played "Romeo" and "Mercutio" in alternate performances of "Romeo and Juliet"... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 27 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 Jigsaw Man
Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
Gaius
- 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 'Tony' Wainwright
 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Pfeuffer
- 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
 1979 A Little Romance
Julius
 1978 The Betsy
Loren Hardeman
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Sir Joseph
 1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie)
Antonio
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Doctor Spaander
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Nicodemus
- Part 2 (1977) ... Nicodemus
- Part 1 (1977) ... Nicodemus
 1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Big Daddy
 1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
Harry
- 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)
Shylock
 1969 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Creakle
 1969 The Dance of Death
Edgar
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Field Marshal Sir John French
 1969 Male of the Species (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
 1968 Romeo and Juliet
Narrator (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Astrov
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Astrov
 1965 Othello
Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 1962 Term of Trial
Graham Weir
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
Priest
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
The Regent
 1952 Carrie
George Hurstwood
 1951 The Magic Box
Police Constable 94-B
 1944 This Happy Breed
Narrator (uncredited)
 1943 Adventure for Two
Ivan Kouznetsoff
 1941 49th Parallel
Johnnie - the Trapper
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Everard Logan
 1937 Fire Over England
Michael Ingolby
 1936 Conquest of the Air
Vincent Lunardi
 1935 I Stand Condemned
Capt. Ivan Ignatoff
 1933 No Funny Business
Clive Dering
 1932 Westward Passage
Nicholas 'Nick' Allen
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
Straker
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Julian Rolfe
 1931 Friends and Lovers
Lieutenant Ned Nichols
 1930 The Temporary Widow
Peter Bille
 1930 Too Many Crooks (Short)
The Man
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Other Works:

Stage: Directed Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Robert Stephens, Joan Plowright, John Stride, Jeanne Watts, Louise Purnell, Sheila Reid, Derek Jacobi and Ronald Pickup in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 11 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 17 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Method acting] All this talk about the Method, the Method! WHAT method? I thought each of us had our OWN method! See more »

Trivia:

Alec Guinness wrote about an incident at the Old Vic when, in the company of Olivier in the basement of the theater, he asked where a certain tunnel went. Olivier didn't really know but confidently decided to take the tunnel as it must come out somewhere nearby. In reality, the tunnel went under the Thames, and they were rescued after several hours of fruitless navigation of the dark, damp ... See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Larry See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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Acting abilities aside.... cmfalf
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looked alot like Ewan McGregor Sonander
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