Alec Guinness

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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 The Ladykillers and 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, receiving a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Filmography

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Acting Credits

1996
Interview Day (TV Movie)
James

1994
Mute Witness (1994)
The Reaper

1992
Performance (TV Show)
Heinrich Mann

1991
Kafka (1991)
The Chief Clerk

1988
Mr. Todd

1988
Little Dorrit (1988)
William Dorrit

1985
Screen One (TV Show)
Amos

1984
Godbole

1984
Edwin (TV Movie)
Sir Fennimore Truscott

1983
Lovesick (1983)

1982
Smiley's People (1982) (TV Show)

1980
Earl of Dorincourt

1980
John Bigalow

1978
The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978) (TV Show)
Psychiatrist, Himself

1976
Bensonmum

1974
The Gift of Friendship (TV Movie)
Jocelyn Broome

1972
Pope Innocent III

1971
Great Performances (1971) (TV Show)

1970
Cromwell (1970)
King Charles I

1970
Scrooge (1970)
Jacob Marley's Ghost

1969
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969) (TV Show)
Malvolio

1967
The Comedians (1967)
Major H. O. Jones

1966
Benedict Boniface

1966
Pol

1965
Yevgraf

1965
Wilhelm Frick

1962
Captain Crawford

1962
Prince Feisal

1961
Koichi Asano

1960
Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.

1959
Jim Wormold

1959
The Scapegoat (1959)
John Barratt, Jacques De Gue

1959
Startime (1959) (TV Show)
Jebal Deeks

1958
Gulley Jimson

1957
All at Sea (1957)
Captain William Horatio Ambrose

1957
Colonel Nicholson

1956
The Swan (1956)

1955
Professor Marcus

1955
The Prisoner (1955)
The Cardinal

1955
Col. Sir Edgar Fraser

1955
Baker's Dozen (TV Movie)
The Major

1954
The Detective (1954)
Father Brown

1953
Malta Story (1953)
Flight Lt. Peter Ross

1953
Captain Henry St. James

1953
The Square Mile (Short Film)
Narrator

1952
The Promoter (1952)
Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin

1951
Holland

1951
Sidney Stratton

1950
Last Holiday (1950)
George Bird

1950
The Mudlark (1950)
Benjamin Disraeli

1949
Whimple

1949
The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke, The Banker, The Parson

1948
Oliver Twist (1948)
Fagin

1934
Evensong
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Soundtrack Credits

1970
Scrooge (1970)
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Writer Credits

1958
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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.


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  • Grace Kelly - Picture Show Magazine [United Kingdom] (26 May 1956)
  • Alec Guinness - Star Wars Insider Magazine [United States] (1996)
  • Alec Guinness - Spiegel Magazine [Germany] (4 June 1958)
  • Alec Guinness - Picturegoer Magazine [United States] (23 February 1952)
  • Alec Guinness - Time Magazine [United States] (21 April 1958)

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First NameAlec
Last NameGuinness
Full Name at BirthAlec Guinness de Cuffe
Age86 (age at death)
Date of BirthApril 2, 1914
BirthplacePaddington, London, England, United Kingdom
Date of DeathAugust 5, 2000
Location of DeathMidhurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Cause of DeathLiver Cancer
Height5' 10" (178 cm)
BuildAverage
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorGrey
Star SignAries
SexualityBisexual
ReligionRoman Catholic
EthnicityWhite
NationalityBritish
UniversityFay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Occupation CategoryActor
Claim to FameObi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Movies
MotherAgnes Cuff ( born 8 December 1890 - ?)
Other Family MembersEdward Cuff (grandfather)
Mary Ann Cuff (grandmother)
Favorite TV ShowsDue South

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