Alec Guinness Biography

Birthday: 1914-04-02
Place of Birth: Marylebone, London
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941, he entered the Royal Navy as a seaman and was commissioned the next year. Beyond an extra part in Evensong (1934), his film career began after World War II with his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946). A string of films, mostly comedies, showed off his ability to look different in every role, eight of them, including a woman, in one movie alone, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). His best known recent work was as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (1977) and its sequels. He earned a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and an Honorary Academy Award (1980) for "advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances". Academy nominations have included The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) (actor); The Horse's Mouth (1958) (screenplay); Star Wars (1977) (supporting) and Little Dorrit (1988) (supporting). He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1959 Queen's Honours List for his accomplishments in theater and film. Sir Alec Guinness died at age 86 of liver cancer on August 5, 2000.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Lady Killers Professor Marcus 1955 Comedy
Smiley's People George Smiley 1982 Drama
The Swan Prince Albert 2004 - 2004
All At Sea Captain William Horatio Ambrose 2010
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Little Lord Fauntleroy Earl of Dorincourt 1936
Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 0, 0
A Run for Your Money 1950 Comedy
The Man in the White Suit 1951
The Lavender Hill Mob Henry Holland 1951 Comedy, Crime
The Card 1952
The Captain's Paradise Capt. Henry St. James 1953
Malta Story 1954 Drama, History
The Lady Killer Professor Marcus 1956 Comedy, Crime
The Bridge on the River Kwai Col. Nicholson 1957 0, 0, Romance
The Mudlark 1958
Our Man in Havana 1960 Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Tunes of Glory 1960 Drama, Romance
A Majority of One 1962 Comedy, Family, Drama
Lawrence of Arabia Prince Feisal 1963 Adventure, Drama
The Fall of the Roman Empire Marcus Aurelius 1964 Drama, History
Doctor Zhivago 1965 Drama, Romance
The Quiller Memorandum Pol 1966 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Comedians 1967
Cromwell Charles I 1970
Scrooge Marley's Ghost 1970
Brother Sun, Sister Moon Pope Innocent III 1972
Hitler: The Last Ten Days Adolf Hitler 1973
Murder by Death Bensonmum 1976 Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi 1977
The Making of Star Wars 1977 Documentary
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Ben 'Obi-wan' Kenobi 1980 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Ben 'Obi-wan' Kenobi 1980 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Raise the Titanic 1980 Action, Drama, Thriller
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi 1983 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi 1983 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A Passage to India Godbole 1985 Adventure, Drama, History
A Handful of Dust Mr. Todd 1988 Drama, Romance
Little Dorrit William Dorrit 1988 Drama, Romance
Kafka 1991 Comedy, Drama, Mystery
A Foreign Field Amos 1993
Mute Witness The Reaper 1995 Horror, Thriller
The Scapegoat 2012 0
Lovesick Sigmund Freud 2014 0