Alec Guinness

Actor Alec Guinness

Full Name: Alec Guinness de Cuffe
Profession: Actor

United Kingdom

Biography: Alec Guinness was an English actor whose career began on stage, but who is best known for his film performances. He is known particularly for his collaborations with director David Lean, including Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948).

Guinness won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1957 for his role as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). He also played Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and General Yevgraf Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago (1965).

He is perhaps best known, however, for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983).

Born: April 2, 1914
Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, England

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aries

Died: August 5, 2000 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

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Married Life

  • 1938-06-20 British actor Alec Guinness (24) weds actress Merula Sylvia Salaman (23)

Historical Events

  • 1955-12-08 Black Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers", directed by Alexander Mackendrick and starring Alec Guinness is released in the UK
  • 1957-10-02 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)
  • 1958-02-22 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win
  • 1958-03-26 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively

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