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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 38 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Rebecca 'Maxim' de Winter
Sleuth Andrew Wyke
Spartacus Crassus
Hamlet The Royal Court of Denmark - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark


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 1989 War Requiem
The Old Soldier
 1986 Lost Empires (TV Mini-Series)
Harry Burrard
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Harry Burrard
 1986 Peter the Great (TV Mini-Series)
King William III of Orange
- Part IV (1986) ... King William III of Orange
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... King William III of Orange
- Pt II (1986) ... King William III of Orange
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... King William III of Orange
 1985 Wild Geese II
Rudolf Hess
 1984 The Ebony Tower (TV Movie)
Henry Breasley
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1984) ... Gaius
- Part 2 (1984) ... Gaius
- Part 1 (1984) ... Gaius
 1984 The Bounty
Admiral Hood
 1983-1984 Wagner (TV Series)
- Episode #1.9 (1984) ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.8 (1984) ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.7 (1984) ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.6 (1984) ... Pfeuffer
- Episode #1.10 (1983) ... Pfeuffer
 1984 A Talent for Murder (TV Movie)
Dr. Anthony Wainwright
 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
 1982 A Voyage Round My Father (TV Movie)
Clifford Mortimer
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Marchmain
- Brideshead Revisited (1981) ... Lord Marchmain
- Home and Abroad (1981) ... Lord Marchmain
 1981 Clash of the Titans
 1981 Inchon
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 1980 The Jazz Singer
Cantor Rabinovitch
 1979 Dracula
Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
 1979 A Little Romance
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Ezra Lieberman
 1978 The Betsy
Number One
 1978 Daphne Laureola (TV Movie)
Sir Joseph
 1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie)
 1977 Come Back, Little Sheba (TV Movie)
Doc Delaney
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Doctor Spaander
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 2 (1977) ... Nicodemus
- Part 1 (1977) ... Nicodemus
 1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Big Daddy
 1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Professor James Moriarty (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
 1976 Marathon Man
 1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
- 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)
 1973 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
James Tyrone Sr.
- Long Day's Journey Into Night (1973) ... James Tyrone Sr.
 1972 Sleuth
Andrew Wyke
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
Duke of Wellington
 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Count Witte
 1970 Three Sisters
Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Creakle
 1969 Battle of Britain
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
 1969 The Dance of Death
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Field-Marshal Sir John French
 1969 Male of the Species (TV Movie)
 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 Uncle Vanya (TV Movie)
Dr. Mihail Lwowitch Astrow
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Astrov
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Dr. Astrov
 1966 Khartoum
The Mahdi
 1965 Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 1963 Uncle Vanya
Dr. Astrov
 1962 Term of Trial
Graham Weir
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
 1960 Spartacus
 1960 The Entertainer
Archie Rice (as Lawrence Olivier)
 1959 The Moon and Sixpence (TV Movie)
Charles Strickland
 1959 The Devil's Disciple
Gen. Burgoyne
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
John Gabriel Borkman
- John Gabriel Borkman (1958) ... John Gabriel Borkman
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
The Regent
 1955 Richard III
Richard III
 1953 The Beggar's Opera
Captain MacHeath
 1952 Carrie
George Hurstwood
 1951 The Magic Box
Police Constable 94-B
 1948 Hamlet
The Royal Court of Denmark - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
 1944 Henry V
King Henry V of England
 1944 This Happy Breed
Narrator (uncredited)
 1943 Adventure for Two
Ivan Kouznetsoff
 1941 49th Parallel
Johnnie - The Trapper
 1941 That Hamilton Woman
Lord Horatio Nelson
 1940 Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Darcy
 1940 Rebecca
'Maxim' de Winter
 1940 21 Days Together
 1939 Wuthering Heights
 1939 Clouds Over Europe
Tony McVane
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
 1937 Fire Over England
Michael Ingolby
 1936 The Conquest of the Air
Vincent Lunardi
 1936 As You Like It
 1935 I Stand Condemned
Capt. Ivan Ignatoff
 1933 No Funny Business
Clive Dering
 1933 Perfect Understanding
Nicholas Randall
 1932 Westward Passage
Nick Allen
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
 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
Show Show Producer (10 credits)
Show Show Director (7 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Self (51 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (74 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Edna Ferber's and George S. Kaufman's "Theatre Royal," at the Lyric Theatre in London, England, with Marie Tempest, Madge Titheradge and George Zucco in the cast. Noël Coward was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 20 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Alternate Names:

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


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Inchon (1981)]People ask me why I'm playing in this picture. The answer is simple. Money, dear boy. I'm like a vintage wine. You have to drink me quickly before I turn sour. I'm almost used up now and I can feel the end coming. That's why I'm taking money now. I've got nothing to leave my family but the money I can make from films. Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I've earned the right ... See more »


He has two roles in common with Angus Macfadyen: (1) Olivier played Crassus in Spartacus (1960) while Macfayden played him in Spartacus (2004) and (2) Olivier played Zeus in Clash of the Titans (1981) while Macfayden played him in Jason and the Argonauts (2000). See more »


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