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John Gielgud

The remarkable Sir John Gielgud is a highly distinguished and prolific performer who is considered, with Sir Laurence Olivier, as one of the finest actors of his generation. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Gielgud played his first Hamlet in 1930 and quickly established himself as one of the most eminent Shakespearean interpreters of his time, as well as a respected director. He made his screen debut in 1924 in Who Is The Man? and other starring roles include Hitchcock's Secret Agent in 1936, Mankiewicz's Julius Caesar in 1953, and Olivier's Richard III in 1955. Since the late 1960's he has increasingly appeared in character roles.

Other film credits include: St Joan, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Becket (for which he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of King Louis VII of France), Chimes At Midnight, The Loved One, Sebastian, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Shoes of The Fisherman, Lost Horizon, Galileo, 11 Harrowhouse, Murder on the Orient Express, Providence, Joseph Andrews, Orchestra Conductor, Oh What A Lovely War, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Elephant Man, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Scandalous, The Shooting Party, Plenty, The Whistle Blower, Bluebeard, Arthur, Arthur 2: On The Rocks, Prospero's Books, Shining Through, The Best of Friends, The Power of One and most recently, First Knight with Sean Connery and Richard Gere.

The more recent of his numerous television credits include the acclaimed series Brideshead Revisited, Wagner, The Far Pavilions, The Master of Ballantrae, Oedipus, War and Remembrance, Quartermain's Terms, A Man For All Seasons, Dante and Virgil, Scarlett and Inspector Alleyn.

Winner of the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dudley Moore's impeccable butler in Arthur, Gielgud has also written the theatre books - ìEarly Stagesì(1939), ìStage Directionsî (1963) and ìDistinguished Companyî (1972) and ìAn Actor and His Time ìwhich is being republished this year.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

John Gielgud Facts

Birth NameSir Arthur John Gielgud
BirthdayApril 14, 1904
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathMay 21, 2000 (age 96)
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is John Gielgud compared to you?
Awards1989 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for War and Remembrance)
1982 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for Arthur)
1982 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Arthur)

Selected Filmography

Aces High
The Secret Agent
Agatha Christie's Seven Dials Mystery
Quest for Camelot
Chariots Of Fire
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