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|Also Known As:||Laurence Kerr Olivier,Sir Laurence Olivier (Lord Olivier)||Died:||July 11, 1989|
|Born:||May 22, 1907||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||Surrey, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ... actor director producer|
He was by wide consensus the greatest actor of the 20th century. In an age when the "legitimate" theater held firm to primacy over motion pictures, and classical theater over modern, Laurence Olivier crossed seamlessly between both, even bridging the gap between popular culture and the Shakespearean and classic drama canon of which he was master. His official, glamorized coupling with multiple Oscar-winner Vivien Leigh - "the King and Queen of the theater," as contemporary Sir John Gielgud once dubbed them - proved far darker than the fairy tale advertised to the public, even as countless rumors swirled around his eclectic extracurricular relationships. His legacy as the definitive Heathcliff and Hamlet, his acclaim even a generation later as the vengeful cuckold in "Sleuth" (1972) and a ruthless Nazi doctor in "Marathon Man" (1976), would see him earn 14 Oscar nominations, three statues, five Emmys out of nine nominations, two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards out of 10 nominations - only a few indicators of his titanic impact on his craft and indeed on Western culture.
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