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Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness


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Also Known As: Died: August 5, 2000
Born: April 2, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Mute Witness (1995) as The Reaper
Three unsuspecting Americans in Russia find themselves in a dangerous situation out of their control. One of them, Billy, is a mute makeup/special effects artist working on a low-budget slasher film who, locked in the broken-down film studio late one night, thinks she witnesses the making of a snuff
Foreign Field, A (1994)
On the 50th anniversary of D-Day, three Word War II veterans -- an American and two Englishmen -- return to Normandy to remember fallen comrades and look for a long-lost love.
Kafka (1991)
A paranoid thriller set in 1916 about the cover-up of the murder of one of Kafka's friends and colleagues by officials in a totalitarian state.
Little Dorrit: Part One Nobody's Fault (1988)
A man returns to England and tries to help an impoverished seamstress.
Little Dorrit: Part Two Little Dorrit's Story (1988)
An impoverished seamstress tries to help a once wealthy benefactor.
Little Dorrit (1988)
Adaptation of Charles Dickens' least known novel, which is a political indictment of early 19th century England.
Handful of Dust, A (1988)
Marital infidelity among upper-class British society.
Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987)
A documentary tribute to Grace Kelly. This "Crazy About the Movies" presentation features film clips, home movies, and interviews with friends and colleagues.
A Passage to India (1984) as Professor Godbole
A false rape charge threatens British-Indian relations.
Lovesick (1983)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian and their small army of friends rescue Han Solo from the clutches of the menacingly ugly Jabba the Hutt and go on to do battle with the Empire, even after Darth Vader has broken off in his own rebellion.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) as Earl Of Dorincourt
The sumptuous remake, another in the string of literary classics lavishly redone for TV by Norman Rosemont, recounts the tale of the impoverished youngster from New York who becomes heir to his titled grandfather's British estate, but has to warm the old man's heart before he can truly lay claim. Pr
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Luke Skywalker and his loyal band team up to do battle with Empire's forces who decide to enact revenge. Luke is taught by the Jedi master Yoda to master the "Force," something he will need when he meets Darth Vader in a startling confrontation.
Raise The Titanic (1980)
When the United States learns that the Titanic contains radioactive cargo that would be valuable in the manufacture of weapons, a group of experts is sent down to raise the sunken ship. While the team is working on the case, the Soviet Union hears about their efforts, and decides to send a group of
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
In a distant galaxy, a long time ago, young Luke Skywalker assembles his motley crew of allies including space rogue Han Solo and two "droids" -- C3PO and R2D2 -- to rescue Princess Leia, the rebel leader of her planet, from the clutches of the evil Empire as embodied by its enforcer Darth Vader.
Murder By Death (1976)
A criminal madman invites the world''''s greatest detectives for a night of dinner and murder.
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) as Adolf Hitler
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) as Pope Innocent Iii
This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.
Cromwell (1970) as King Charles I
A Puritan leader sparks a revolution in 17th century England.
Scrooge (1970) as Marley's ghost
A miser faces the ghosts of his past on Christmas Eve.
The Comedians (1967) as Major Jones
American and British tourists get caught up in political unrest in Haiti.
Hotel Paradiso (1966) as Benedict Boniface
Chaos results when a mild mannered man tries to have an affair with his neighbor's wife.
The Quiller Memorandum (1966) as Pol
An international spy infiltrates a Neo-Nazi gang.
Doctor Zhivago (1965) as Yevgraf Zhivago
Illicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution.
Situation Hopeless--But Not Serious (1965) as Herr Frick
During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his bomb shelter. While his prisoners go stir crazy, Herr Frick must decide if he's willing to lose their companionship by letting them know the war has ended.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) as Marcus Aurelius
A mad emperor''''s excesses leave the Roman Empire open to barbarian invasions.
Damn the Defiant! (1962) as Captain Crawford
The crew of a British sailing ship threatens mutiny during the Napoleonic wars.
A Majority of One (1962) as Koichi Asano
A Jewish widow falls in love with a Japanese businessman.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) as Prince Faisal
A British military officer enlists the Arabs for desert warfare in World War I.
Tunes of Glory (1960) as Major Jock Sinclair
When a popular colonel loses a promotion, it sets the stage for conflict with his new superior officer.
Our Man in Havana (1960) as James Wormold
A salesman in Cuba takes up spying to support his spendthrift daughter.
The Scapegoat (1959) as John Barratt/Jacques De Gué
A man is tricked into trading places with a look-alike nobleman with murderous plans.
The Horse's Mouth (1958) as Gulley Jimson
An unscrupulous artist fights to realize his vision of the perfect mural.
All at Sea (1958) as Captain William Horatio Ambrose/[Ambrose's six ancestors]
When he''''s stricken with seasickness, the last of a family of sailors takes charge of a decaying amusement pier.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) as Colonel Nicholson
The Japanese Army forces World War II POWs to build a strategic bridge in Burma.
The Prisoner (1956) as The cardinal
A cardinal is arrested for treason and forced to give a false confession of guilt.
The Swan (1956) as Prince Albert
On the eve of her marriage to a prince, a noblewoman falls for her brother''''s tutor.
To Paris With Love (1955)
A father and son go to Paris to help each other find love.
The Ladykillers (1955)
An eccentric bandit gang moves into a little old lady's boardinghouse to plot a major heist.
Stratford Adventure, The (1954)
Documentary on how Stratford, Ontario established a six-week series of Shakespearean plays like its namesake in England.
The Detective (1954) as Father Brown
A priest attempts to catch a thief and save his soul.
Square Mile, The (1953) as Narration
Captain's Paradise (1953)
A ferryboat captain keeps different wives at each end of his line.
The Malta Story (1953)
An English flyer joins the squadron defending World War II Malta.
The Lavender Hill Mob (1952) as Henry Holland
An overlooked gold transporter with twenty years service plots to steal a million pounds of gold.
Card, The (1952) as Edward Henry Machin
Henry, the earnest young son of a washerwoman, uses his wits, and occasional sleight of hand, to become the most successful man in town. During his rise from lowly clerk to local hero, Henry always remains true to his own good humor and generous nature.
The Man in the White Suit (1951) as Sidney Stratton
A young inventor threatens the business world when he creates a cloth that can't tear or wear out.
Last Holiday (1950)
When he learns he hasn't long to live, a salesman takes off for adventure.
The Mudlark (1950) as [Benjamin] Disraeli
A young scavenger finds a cameo of Queen Victoria and risks his life to save it.
A Run For Your Money (1949)
Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and run into trouble.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) as Lady Agatha; The Admiral; The Banker; The Duke; The General; The Parson; Young Ascoyne; Young Henry
An ambitious young man sets out to kill everyone who stands between him and a fortune.
Oliver Twist (1948) as Fagin
The famed orphan gets caught up in Fagin''''s criminal band while searching for familial love.
Great Expectations (1946)
A mysterious benefactor finances a young boy's education.

Writer (feature film)

The Horse's Mouth (1958) as Screenwriter
An unscrupulous artist fights to realize his vision of the perfect mural.

Cast (special)

Interview Day (1996)
Three British families accompany their respective offspring to England's Cambridge University where each potential student is to be interviewed for admission. As often happens, the parents find it more difficult than the children to let go.
Tales From Hollywood (1992)
Set during the years 1938-50, a group of German writer emigres find themselves stranded in the twisted maze of Hollywood.
David Lean: A Life in Film (1991)
A tribute to the great British filmmaker, David Lean. Clips from many of his films, such as "Brief Encounter," "Hobson's Choice," "Great Expectations," "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia," and "The Bridge on the River Kwai" are included.
Twelfth Night (1990) as Malvolio
An adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." A shipwreck separates a brother and sister and leads them to adventure, romantic intrigue, and true love.
Monsignor Quixote (1987)
A drama, adapted from a story by Graham Greene, about the friendship between a priest and a communist mayor. The two journey together from their village of El Toboso, Spain, to Madrid, both being on holiday. On the way to Madrid and back, they debate their totally opposite beliefs. Hectic encounters
Laurence Olivier -- A Life (1986)
A documentary on the life and career of film and theater actor Laurence Olivier.
Caesar and Cleopatra (1976) as Caesar
The story, set in Egypt in 48 B.C., recounts the story of Caesar and Cleopatra, not so much regarding their love affair as their roles as teacher and student, with Caesar instructing the fledgling young queen in the art and philosophy of rulership.

Cast (special)


Cast (short)

The Comedians in Africa (1967)
A behind the scenes short film detailing the making of "The Comedians" (1967).
Moscow in Madrid (1965)
This short promotional film focuses on the casting and on-location filming of "Dr. Zhivago" (1965).
New Star: Geraldine Chaplin (1965)
This promotional short for "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) provides behind-the-scenes footage of the film shoot and introduces Geraldine Chaplin.
This Is... Omar Sharif (1965)
This promotional short for "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) provides behind-the-scenes footage of the film shoot and introduces Omar Sharif.
Pasternak (1965)
A short biography of Boris Pasternak, Nobel prize winner and author of "Dr. Zhivago," the inspiration and basis of the 1965 movie.
Rowlandson's England (1955) as Narration

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