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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 & 34 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
Number One
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Doctor Spaander
 1974 The Rehearsal
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Field-Marshal Sir John French
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Premier Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
 1968 Romeo and Juliet
Narrator (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1965 Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 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
Narrator (uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel
Johnnie - the Trapper
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Everard Logan
 1935 I Stand Condemned
Capt. Ivan Ignatoff
 1933 No Funny Business
Clive Dering
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Julian Rolfe
 1931 Friends and Lovers
Lieutenant Ned Nichols
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(1944-45) Stage: Appeared in and directed the Old Vic Theatre Season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Ralph Richardson, Sybil Thorndike, Nicholas Hannen, Joyce Redman, Margaret Leighton, George Relph, Harcourt Williams and Michael Warre in the cast. John Burrell and Ralph Richardson were also the directors. 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 | Lieut. Laurence Olivier | Lord Olivier | Sir Laurence Olivier | Sir Lawrence Olivier


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[the only acting advice he would give] What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying? See more »


Appeared with John Gielgud in Romeo and Juliet (1936) in which he and Gielgud alternated the roles of Romeo and Mercutio. Gielgud got the better reviews in the lead of Romeo, which spurred Olivier on to become a better actor. See more »


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