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Alec Guinness

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Hotel... Alec Guinness and Gina Lollobrigida lead an international cast in this sparkling... more info $17.56was $21.99 Buy Now

All at Sea ... The last of the Ealing comedies closes that studio's fan-pleasing comic... more info $18.95was $21.99 Buy Now

Lovesick ... Forget about accountants who want to fly, professors whose brains are being... more info $13.95was $17.99 Buy Now

Hitler: The... Alec Guinness takes center stage as Adolf Hitler in director Ennio de Concini's... more info $18.71was $24.95 Buy Now

TCM Greatest... Includes THE V.I.P.S, THE SANDPIPER, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and THE... more info $14.96was $19.98 Buy Now

Doctor... David Lean's Doctor Zhivago is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen... more info $27.96was $34.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Sir Alec Guinness Died: August 5, 2000
Born: April 2, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ... actor advertising copywriter
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Sir Alec Guinness, acting's preeminent master of disguise, first drew attention as Fagin, providing a wonderfully Dickensian performance that totally concealed the actor within in David Lean's "Oliver Twist" (1948). His most dramatic display of versatility came playing eight roles, including a woman, in "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), a film that established him beyond a shadow of a doubt as an expert at make-up and deception. Whether he was an English prime minister (Disraeli in "The Mudlark" 1950), an Arab prince ("Lawrence of Arabia" 1962), a despicable despot (Hitler in "The Last Ten Days" 1973) or an Indian professor ("A Passage to India" 1984), Guinness demonstrated a chameleon-like ability to disappear so completely within the role that filmgoers forgot they were watching an actor and saw the character instead.

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