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Also Known As: Died: August 24, 2014
Born: August 29, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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At age 12, hired public hall in Leicester and mounted an evening of harmonica solos, comic songs, and sketches
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Made theater debut in a small role with Leicester's Little Theater (his mother was President)
1941:
Professional stage debut in "Ah, Wilderness!" at Palmers Green
1942:
West End debut, "Awake and Sing"
1942:
Played a deserting sailor in film debut "In Which We Serve"
1943:
Had first major stage success as Pinkie in "Brighton Rock"
1943:
Joined the Royal Air Force during World War II
1944:
Cast opposite Edward G. Robinson in John Boulting's propaganda drama "Journey Together"
1947:
Achieved star status when he reprised his role as Pinkie in the film version of "Brighton Rock"
1956:
Acted with Bryan Forbes in "The Baby and the Battleship"
1959:
Formed the production company Beaver Films with Bryan Forbes
1959:
Co-produced (with Forbes) first film "The Angry Silence"
1963:
Made first Hollywood film "The Great Escape"
1964:
Beaver Films dissolved after the making of "Seance on a Wet Afternoon"
1969:
Made film directing debut with "Oh! What a Lovely War"
1971:
Portrayed serial killer John Christie in "10 Rillington Place"
1977:
Directed the epic war film "A Bridge Too Far"
1979:
Last screen appearance for 14 years, Otto Preminger's "The Human Factor"
1982:
Won two Academy Awards for directing and producing the historical epic "Gandhi"
1985:
Served as a consultant for and provided the narration to the feature-length documentary "Mother Teresa"
1985:
Directed the screen version of the musical "A Chorus Line"; earned a Best Director Golden Globe nomination
1987:
Directed the Apartheid drama "Cry Freedom," based on the life and tragic death in police custody of prominent anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko; earned a Best Director Golden Globe nomination
1992:
Produced and directed "Chaplin," starring Robert Downey Jr. in title role
1993:
Directed the biographical drama "Shadowlands," about the relationship between C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham
1993:
Returned to acting in features for Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park"
1994:
Played Kris Kringle in the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
1997:
Reprised role for Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
1998:
Portrayed Sir William Cecil, an advisor to the monarch in "Elizabeth"
1999:
Directed Pierce Brosnan as conservationist "Grey Owl"
2001:
Lent his voice to the CBS miniseries "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story"
2003:
Named President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
2007:
Helmed romantic drama "Closing the Ring," Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer; also produced
2008:
Published in association with long-standing associate Diana Hawkins, his autobiography <i>Entirely Up to You, Darling</i>

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