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Sir Carol Reed
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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[on his acting days] You know, I wasn't a good actor. I began as a spear carrier and then appeared through the countryside in repertory, but though I got decent parts and so on, I was never very good. Yet I'm glad I did it for seven years or so because it helped me subsequently in understanding the actor's problems.
In 1952 he became the first British film director to receive a knighthood for his craft. Although producer/director Alexander Korda
and actor/director Laurence Olivier
had previously been knighted, Reed was the first to receive the distinction primarily for his directing work.
Children figure significantly in his films (The Fallen Idol (1948) told through a child's point of view, Boy with ball in The Third Man (1949), protagonists in Oliver!
(1968) are children; children are everywhere & see everything in Odd Man Out