April 2, 1914
August 5, 2000
5 ft 9¼ in | 176 cm
58 kg | 136 lbs
Alec Guinness was born in Maida Vale, London, England, on April 2, 1914, was an English actor.
Young Alec Guinness began his professional acting career in a play "Libel!" (1934) in role as Junior Counsel, at Playhouse Theatre.
He made his big screen debut in musical film Evensong (1934) in role as uncredited extra.
He got his television debut in film Baker's Dozen (1955) in role as The Major.
Alec's breakthrough performance came as Herbert Pocket in drama film Great Expectations (1939).
He won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his role as Dylan Thomas in a play "Dylan" (1964), at Plymouth Theatre.
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He played Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy:
Star Wars (1977), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor also won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor and a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Alec's voice as Obi-Wan Kenobi was also used in films Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
He won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his role as The Duke, The Banker, The Parson, The General, The Admiral, Young D'Ascoyne, Young Henry, Lady Agatha in crime black comedy film Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Foreign Actor for his role as Henry Holland in comedy film The Lavender Hill Mob (1951).
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as The Cardinal in psychological thriller movie The Prisoner (1955).
He won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Col. Nicholson in epic war film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
He wrote the screenplay and starred in role as Gulley Jimson in comedy film The Horse's Mouth (1958), for which he won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor also was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and a BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay.
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M. in drama movie Tunes of Glory (1960).
He was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as William Dorrit in romantic drama film Little Dorrit (1987).
Oliver Twist (1948) drama adventure opposite John Howard Davies and Kay Walsh
The Man in the White Suit (1951) satirical science fiction comedy with Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker
Our Man in Havana (1960) spy comedy opposite Maureen O'Hara and Noël Coward
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) epic historical drama with Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) epic historical drama opposite Sophia Loren and Stephen Boyd
Cromwell (1970) historical drama with Richard Harris and Timothy Dalton
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) drama war opposite Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker
Murder by Death (1976) comedy mystery with Eileen Brennan and Truman Capote
He played George Smiley in BBC spy drama series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Smiley's People (1982), for which he won two British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor.
He was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Quixote in musical drama film Monsignor Quixote (1987).
He received honorary D.Litt degree from Oxford University (1977) and honorary D.Litt degree from Cambridge University (1991).
He served in the Royal Naval Reserve during Second World War.
He won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his role as Aircraftman Ross / T.E. Lawrence in a play "Ross" (1960), at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts in 1959.
He received Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1980.
He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1559 Vine Street in 1960.
He received BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1989.
He won the European Film Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
He wrote three volumes of a best-selling autobiography:
Blessings in Disguise (1985)
My Name Escapes Me (1996)
A Positively Final Appearance (1999).
Alec died on August 5, 2000, Midhurst, United Kingdom, at the age of 86.
He was married to artist, playwright and actress Merula Salaman (1938-2000), they had a son, Matthew Guinness.