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John Gielgud

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Also Known As: Died: May 21, 2000
Born: April 14, 1904 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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1921:
Stage acting debut at Old Vic with one-line role in "Henry V"
1924:
Feature debut in a silent film, "Who Is The Man?"
1928:
Made New York acting debut, "The Patriot"
1929:
Joined Old Vic Theatre Company
1932:
Feature debut in a sound film, "Insult"
1937:
Took over Queen's Theatre and launched his own company
1939:
Published "Early Stages"
1948:
Won first Tony for "The Importance of Being Earnest"
1953:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth
1953:
First appearance in a feature after 12-year absence, "Julius Caesar"
1953:
Arrested in October for "importuning"
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American TV debut on "DuPont Show of the Month" in the late 1950s
1955:
Had featured role in Laurence Olivier's "Richard III"; first time Gielgud, Olivier and Ralph Richardson appeared in the same film
1961:
Broadway directing debut, "Big Fish, Little Fish"
1963:
Published "Stage Directions"
1964:
Directed modern dress version of "Hamlet" on Broadway starring Richard Burton; filmed for theatrical release; Burton's contract stipulated that the film would be desstroyed after its initial release, but at least two copies are extant
1965:
Co-starred in the Broadway production of Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice"
1967:
Played Henry IV in Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight", adapted from Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II"
1970:
Returned to American TV after 15 year absence as the Ghost of Hamlet's father in "Hamlet"
1970:
Had title role in feature version of "Julius Caesar"
1970:
Co-starred with Ralph Richardson in David Storey's "Home" on the London stage and on Broadway
1972:
Published "Distinguished Company"
1973:
Debut in a US TV miniseries, "Frankenstein: The True Story"
1974:
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "QB VII"
1974:
Was featured in the all-star cast of Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express"
1977:
Host of short-lived TV series, "The Pallisers"
1977:
With Richardson, appeared in the stage production "No Man's Land"
1978:
American TV-movie debut, "Les Miserables"
1979:
Earned Grammy Award, Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording for "Ages of Man (Readings from Shakespeare)"
1981:
Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Arthur"
1982:
Played Edward Ryder, father of Jeremy Irons' Charles Ryder, in the British miniseries "Brideshead Revisited" (shown on PBS in the USA)
1986:
Had title role in the syndicated TV-movie "The Canterville Ghost"
1988:
Last appearance on stage in "The Best of Friends"; filmed in 1992
1988:
Assumed the role of Aaron Jastrow (originated by John Houseman) in the ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"
1989:
Made first honorary fellow of RADA on November 17
1991:
Received an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special for "Summer's Lease" (PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")
1991:
Played Prospero in "Prospero's Books", Peter Greenaway's experimental adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
1992:
Starred in Kenneth Branagh's Oscar-nominated short "Swan Song"
1994:
Honored with the renaming of the Globe Theatre to the Gielgud Theatre
1994:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Scarlett"
1996:
Received the Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth II
1996:
Had featured roles in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" and Scott Hicks' "Shine"
1996:
Appeared briefly as Priam in Branagh's full-length filming of "Hamlet"
1996:
Narrated the documentary "The Leopard's Son"
1998:
Voice character of Merlin in the animated "The Quest for Camelot"
1998:
Made brief cameo as the Pope in the historical drama "Elizabeth"
:
Made final screen appearance opposite Harold Pinter in "Catastrophe", a Samuel Beckett play directed for TV by David Mamet; filmed on Gielgud's 96th birthday in 2000

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