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