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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:

He acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's plays, "The Merchant of Venice," and "Loves Labours Lost;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" and Tom ... 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:

[on whether he harbored any resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater] I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare... An actor must act. See more »

Trivia:

He played a Nazi war criminal, Dr. Christian Szell, in Marathon Man (1976) and a survivor of the Holocaust, Ezra Lieberman, in The Boys from Brazil (1978). He received Academy Award nominations for both films - Best Supporting Actor for the former and Best Actor for the latter - but did not win either award. 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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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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