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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 »

Known For

Rebecca
Rebecca 'Maxim' de Winter
(1940)
Spartacus
Spartacus Crassus
(1960)
Sleuth
Sleuth Andrew Wyke
(1972)

Filmography

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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)
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 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
 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)
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
 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)
Narrator
 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 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Astrov
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Astrov
 1965 Othello
Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
Priest
 1960 The Entertainer
Archie Rice (as Lawrence Olivier)
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
The Regent
 1956 Film Fanfare (TV Series)
Himelf
- Episode #1.21 (1956) ... Himelf
 1952 Carrie
George Hurstwood
 1944 This Happy Breed
Narrator (uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel
Johnnie - the Trapper
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Logan
 1933 No Funny Business
Clive Dering
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
Straker
 1931 Friends and Lovers
Lieutenant Ned Nichols
 1930 Too Many Crooks (Short)
The Man
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Other Works:

Stage: Dircted (w/Donald MacKechnie directed Ginzburg's "The Advertisement," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Joan Plowright and Derek Jacobi in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[In 1979] You must have - besides intuition and sensitivity - a cutting edge that allows you to reach what you need. Also, you have to know life - bastards included - and it takes a bit of one to know one, don't you think? 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 did not 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:

Roles in Shakespeare adaptations See more »

Nickname:

Kim See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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So many great roles and only ONE Oscar! ...and an honorary Ocar at that! egonzinc
ARROGANT AND OVERRATED klimari
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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