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Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier
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Birth Date

May 22, 1907

Died

July 11, 1989

Nationality

United Kingdom

Sun Sign

Gemini

Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color

Gray / Blue

Height

5 ft 10 in | 178 cm

Weight

73 kg | 160 lbs

Shoe size

Not Available

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, on May 22, 1907, was an English actor.

Young Laurence Olivier began his professional acting career on the stage.

He made his big screen debut in comedy crime film Too Many Crooks (1930) in role as The Man.

He got his television debut in ITV Play of the Week series John Gabriel Borkman (1958) in role as John Gabriel Borkman.

Laurence's breakthrough performance came as Victor Prynne in a play "Private Lives" (1930).

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Murder on the Second Floor" (1929) in role as Hugh Bromilow, at Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre.

He made his directorial debut with epic film Henry V (1944), he also starred in role as King Henry V of England.

Laurence Olivier Height and Weight

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Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in films:

Wuthering Heights (1939) romantic period drama as Heathcliff

Rebecca (1940) romantic psychological thriller as Maxim de Winter

Richard III (1955) historical drama as Richard III (Also director and producer and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role)

The Entertainer (1960) kitchen sink drama as Archie Rice

Othello (1965) drama as Othello

Sleuth (1972) mystery comedy thriller as Andrew Wyke, also was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

The Boys from Brazil (1978) thriller as Ezra Lieberman

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role as Dr Christian Szell aka "The White Angel" in thriller movie Marathon Man (1976).

He directed and starred in role as King Henry V of England in epic film Henry V (1944), for which was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and for Best Picture.

He directed and starred in role as Hamlet in drama movie Hamlet (1948), for which was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Director and for Best Picture also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.

He was nominated for the BAFTA Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performances in films:

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) romantic comedy as Charles, the Prince Regent (Also director and producer)

The Devil's Disciple (1959) war history as General John Burgoyne

Term of Trial (1963) drama as Graham Weir

He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as George Hurstwood in romance film Carrie (1952).

He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as Field Marshal Sir John French in comedy musical war film Oh! What a Lovely War (1969).

He directed and starred in role as Dr Astrov in film version of National Theatre Company production Uncle Vanya (1963), for which was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role as Marcus Licinius Crassus in epic historical drama film Spartacus (1960).

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role as Julius Edmond Santorin in romantic comedy movie A Little Romance (1979).

Best TV Shows

He was nominated for the British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor for his roles in television plays:

Long Day's Journey into Night (1973) as James Tyrone Sr., also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

A Voyage Round My Father (1983) as Clifford Mortimer

He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role as Charles Strickland in NBC television movie The Moon and Sixpence (1959).

He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role as Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones in ABC made-for-television romantic comedy film Love Among the Ruins (1975).

He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role as Lord Marchmain in British television serial Brideshead Revisited (1982).

He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role as King Lear in a video production of William Shakespeare's play King Lear (1983).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role as Harry Burrard ITV television miniseries Lost Empires (1986).

Facts

Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.

Attended St. Edward's School, Oxford (1921-1924).

He was youngest of three children.

He was founding director of Britain's National Theatre (1963-1973).

He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Archie Rice in a play "The Entertainer" (1958), at Royale Theatre.

He won the Special Tony Award (1969), for distinguished achievement in theatre.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6319 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

He was awarded a Knight Bachelor in 1947.

The Laurence Olivier Awards was first established in 1976.

He last appeared on stage in Trevor Griffiths' play "The Party" (1973), at the National Theatre.

He published autobiography "Confessions of an Actor" in 1982.

Laurence died on July 11, 1989, Steyning, United Kingdom, at the age of 82.

Spouse

He was married to:

Joan Plowright (1961-1989) they had two daughters, Julie Kate Olivier, Tamsin Olivier and one son, Richard Olivier

Vivien Leigh (1940-1960)

Jill Esmond (1930-1940), they had a son, Tarquin Olivier

Relationships

He dated Sarah Miles (1960) and Danny Kaye (1949-1950).

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