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Alec Guinness

Actor Alec Guinness

Full Name: Alec Guinness de Cuffe
Profession: Actor

United Kingdom

Why Famous: Starred in many films, but perhaps most famous for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars movies.

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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