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Alec Guinness

Sir Alec Guinness KBE (April 2, 1914 - August 5, 2000) was a British actor, perhaps the best known British film actor.

Born in London on April 2, 1914, he first worked in advertising, before making his debut at the Old Vic in 1936. During World War II, he served in the Royal Navy.

He is mainly associated with the Ealing Comedies, and particularly for playing 12 parts in Kind Hearts and Coronets. Other films from this period included The Ladykillers and The Man in the White Suit.

Guinness was also a talented dramatic and character actor. His film appearances ranged from Lawrence of Arabia to The Bridge on the River Kwai (1958), for which he won an Academy Award. His part as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars brought him worldwide recognition by a new generation, though he was never happy with being identified with the part.

From the 1970s onwards, Guinness made regular television appearances, including the part of George Smiley in the serialisations of novels by John Le Carre.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Alec Guiness died of liver cancer on August 5, 2000, at Midhurst in West Sussex and was interred near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.

Alec Guinness has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1559 Vine Street.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Alec Guinness Facts

Birth NameAlec Guinness de Cuffe
BirthdayApril 2, 1914
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathAugust 5, 2000 (age 86)
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Alec Guinness compared to you?
Awards1980 Academy Awards: Honorary Award
1958 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for The Bridge on the River Kwai)
1958 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for The Bridge on the River Kwai)

Selected Filmography

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