Alec Guinness

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Sir Alec Guinness CH CBE
Alec Guinness de Cuffe
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BirthplacePaddington, London, England, U.K.
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Occupation
Actor
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

REFERENCES

Tynan, K. Alec Guinness, 2nd ed. [London] 1955.
Utilov, V. “Alek Ginnes.” In the collection Aktery zarubezhnogo kino, issue 3. Moscow, 1966.

F. M. KRYMKO

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