Alec Guinness

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Sir Alec Guinness CH CBE
Alec Guinness de Cuffe
BirthplacePaddington, London, England, U.K.

Guinness, Alec


Born Apr. 2, 1914, in London. British actor and director.

Guinness received a theatrical education in the private studio of F. Compton. In 1936 he was invited to perform at the Old Vic Theater in London, where he portrayed Hamlet and Richard II in Shakespeare’s plays and Khlestakov in Gogol’s Inspector-General; in other theaters, he played Dmitri Karamazov (based on Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov) and von Berg (in Miller’s Incident at Vichy). He staged Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Hamlet. Guinness has made films, including Great Expectations, Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, The Comedians, and Cromwell.


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Alec Guinness collects his special award at the Oscars in May 1980 and (clockwise from top right) on the set of To Paris with Love 1954, as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai 1958, with Morecambe and Wise, with his wife after the premiere of Oliver Twist, talking to Tommy Steele in 1968, and as Jedi Master Obi -Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and with actress Joyce Grenfell
In 1954, Alec Guinness, who had already made movie classics like 'Great Expectations', 'Kind Hearts And Coronets' and 'The Lavender Hill Mob', was passed over for a knighthood.
THE grandson of Star Wars star Sir Alec Guinness has been fined for possessing heroin on three separate occasions.
And as for the person who paid pounds 54,000 for a cloak worn by Sir Alec Guinness as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, all we can say is enjoy your role play or admire it on the expensive cloak stand but remember - clothes do not a man, or celebrity, make.
The venerable Jedi warrior was played by Sir Alec Guinness, left, in the three original movies.
Favourite film: The 1970 version of Scrooge, directed by Ronald Neam, starring Albert Finney and Alec Guinness.
This time the wonderful Ealing comedy, starring Alec Guinness as the head of a group of criminals who rent a room in the home of a dotty old landlady, is being revamped.
The Oscar-winning actor is to begin work this summer filming an updated remake of the 1955 Ealing Studios black comedy The Ladykillers, which starred Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.
WAR STORY Sir Alec Guinness as Colonel Nicholson in Bridge on the River Kwai.
I WAS pleased to see Sir Michael Balcon and Sir Alec Guinness honoured in Birmingham with their films shown at a local cinema.
Viewers can compare his pick-pocketing skills to those of George C Scott, Jim Dale, Russ Abbot, Lon Chaney Sir Alec Guinness, Ron Moody and Barry Humphries.
Alec Guinness was bold enough to recount one such experience in his autobiography, Blessings in Disguise (Knopf, 1986; Warner Books, 1987).