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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 ...
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1934:
Stage acting debut as walk-on
1934:
Film acting debut in "Evensong"
1939:
Played Herbert Pocket in stage production of "Great Expectations" which he also adapted
1941:
Served in Royal Navy during WWII; Enlisted as able seaman; commissioned as lieutenant the following year
1942:
Given leave for New York stage debut on Broadway in "Flare Path", a propaganda play
1946:
Returned to films in David Lean's "Great Expectations"; began acting steadily in features
1948:
Drew attention as Fagin in Lean's "Oliver Twist"
1949:
Played eight parts, including a woman, in Robert Hammer's "Kind Hearts and Coronets"
1951:
Portrayed the inventor in Alexander Mackendrick's "The Man in the White Suit"
1951:
Nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for Charles Crichton's "The Lavender Hill Mob"
1953:
Starred as the captain with two wives in different ports in "Captain's Paradise"
1957:
Won Best Actor Oscar for his thoughtful rendering of an English bureaucrat soldier in Lean's "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
1959:
Scripted adaptation of Joyce Carey's "The Horse's Mouth"; also delivered a superb, monstrous rendering of lead character Gully Jimson; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
1959:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1962:
Reunited with Lean for "Lawrence of Arabia"
1964:
Played Marcus Aurelius in Anthony Mann's "The Fall of the Roman Empire"
1965:
Reteamed with Lean as Zhivago's brother in "Dr. Zhivago"
1970:
Portrayed Charles I in Ken Hughes' "Comwell"
1972:
Appeared as Pope in Franco Zeffirelli's "Brother Sun, Sister Moon"
1973:
Cast as Hitler in Ennio de Concini's "The Last Ten Days"
1977:
Played Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars"; received Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor; also given 2-1/4 percent of the profits by director George Lucas
1979:
Created role of John LeCarre's George Smiley in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" on BBC (aired in USA on PBS' "Great Performances" in 1980)
1982:
Reprised Smiley in "Smiley's People"
1984:
Final collaboration with Lean, played an Indian professor in the screen adaptation of E M Forester's "A Passage to India"
1985:
Received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for role of William Dorrit in "Little Dorrit"
1985:
Published first volume of memoirs, "Blessings in Disguise"
1991:
Appeared as the chief clerk in Steven Soderbergh's fantasy thriller "Kafka"
1993:
Co-starred with Leo McKern, Jeanne Moreau and Lauren Bacall in the BBC production "A Foriegn Field" (aired in USA on PBS in 1994)
1997:
Published second memoir, "My Name Escapes Me"

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