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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
 1986 Lost Empires (TV Mini-Series)
Harry Burrard
 1984 The Ebony Tower (TV Movie)
Henry Breasley
 1984 The Jigsaw Man
Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
 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 'Tony' 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
 1978 The Betsy
Loren Hardeman
 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
 1969 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Creakle
 1969 The Dance of Death
Edgar
 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
Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
 1968 Romeo and Juliet
Narrator (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Astrov
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Astrov
 1965 Othello
Othello
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Superintendent Newhouse
 1962 Term of Trial
Graham Weir
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
Priest
 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)
 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:

Stage: Appeared in the Shakespeare Birthday Festival at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Alec Clunes, Rachel Kempson, Basil Coleman, Henry Baynton, Morland Graham, Jill Esmond, Irene Vanbrugh, Violet Vanbrugh, Gyles Isham, Stephen Murray, George Hayes, Laurence Baskcomb, Malcolm Keen, Leo Genn, Stuart Burge, Michael Gough, ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 17 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 only acting advice he would give] What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying? See more »

Trivia:

Was the first thespian nominated for an acting Oscar in five different decades, from the 1930s through the 1970s, inclusive. Only Katharine Hepburn (1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s), Paul Newman (1950s, 1960s, 1980s, 1990s, and 200s) and Jack Nicholson (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s) equaled this feat. In contrast, Bette Davis' ten nominations and Spencer Tracy's eight were spread over ... See more »

Trademark:

Roles in Shakespeare adaptations See more »

Nickname:

Kim See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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