skip navigation
Alec Guinness 100th Birthday Tribute
Remind Me
suppliedTitle,Kind Hearts and Coronets

Alec Guinness 100th Birthday Tribute

Sir Alec Guinness, who would have observed his centenary on April 2, was one of England's--and the world's-- most expert and versatile character actors, capable of enacting a wide variety of types and nationalities.

The diversity of the Guinness disguises is reflected in this tribute, which ranges from his comedies for Ealing Studios in the late 1940s and early '50s to his work for epic director David Lean in 1946's Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and his role as a Japanese businessman in A Majority of One (1961). In Lawrence, Guinness is the Arab leader Prince Feisal; in the black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) he gets to play eight different murder victims including a female; in The Scapegoat (1959) he enjoys a double role as a French count and the British teacher who impersonates him.