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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 40 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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 1989 War Requiem
The Old Soldier
 1984 The Jigsaw Man
Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
 1978 The Betsy
Loren Hardeman
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Doctor Spaander
 1974 The Rehearsal
 1969 The Dance of Death
Edgar
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Field Marshal Sir John French
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
 1968 Romeo and Juliet
Narrator (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1965 Othello
Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 1962 Term of Trial
Graham Weir
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
The Regent
 1952 Carrie
George Hurstwood
 1948 Hamlet
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost
 1944 This Happy Breed
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 1943 Adventure for Two
Ivan Kouznetsoff
 1941 49th Parallel
Johnnie - the Trapper
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Everard Logan
 1936 The Conquest of the Air
Vincent Lunardi
 1935 I Stand Condemned
Capt. Ivan Ignatoff
 1933 No Funny Business
Clive Dering
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
Straker
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Julian Rolfe
 1931 Friends and Lovers
Lieutenant Ned Nichols
 1930 Too Many Crooks (Short)
The Man
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Other Works:

He acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "Long Day's Journey Into Night," in the National Theatre production at the New Theatre in London, England with Constance Cummings, Denis Quilley, and Ronald Pickup in the cast. Michael Blakemore was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 18 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:

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass. See more »

Trivia:

Was director John Frankenheimer's first choice for the lead in Seconds (1966), but the producers did not want Olivier as he was not a box office draw. Rock Hudson was cast instead. See more »

Trademark:

Often directed himself in his films See more »

Nickname:

Larry See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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