Sir Alec Guinness, (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. After an early career on the stage he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. However, he was probably best known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Yevgraf in Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Professor Godbole in A Passage to India (1984). He is also well known for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy. He was one of the three major British actors, along with John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, who, right after the Second World War, successfully transitioned from Shakespearean theatre in their home country to Hollywood blockbusters.
The stage was my prime interest. I had no ambition to be a film actor, and a screen career seemed unlikely to come my way. I'd done a stage adaption of "Great Expectations" before the war and this had been seen by David Lean and Ronald Neame. I went into the navy during the war, and when I came out they were preparing their film (Great Expectations (1946)). They remembered my performance on the stage and asked me if I'd go into their film as Herbert Pocket. I'd thought of film as a much greater mystery than the theater and I felt a need to begin in films with a character I knew something about.
I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor.
Flamboyance doesn't suit me. I enjoy being elusive.
|Full Name at Birth||Alec Guinness de Cuffe|
|Age||86 (age at death)|
|Date of Birth||April 2, 1914|
|Birthplace||Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Date of Death||August 5, 2000|
|Location of Death||Midhurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom|
|Cause of Death||Liver Cancer|
|Height||5' 10" (178 cm)|
|University||Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art|
|Claim to Fame||Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Movies|
|Mother||Agnes Cuff ( born 8 December 1890 - ?)|
|Other Family Members||Edward Cuff (grandfather)Mary Ann Cuff (grandmother)|
|Favorite TV Shows||Due South|