Why Famous: John Gielgud, along with his contemporaries Lawrence Olivier and Ralph Richardson was one of three actors who dominated British theatre in the second half of the 20th century.
Gielgud came to fame in the 1930s as a Shakespearean actor and his portrayal of Hamlet is often called the greatest of its time. In later years he would also come to be associated with the new playwrights emerging in the 1960s including Harold Pinter.
Gielgud's most famous film roles came later in his career and include "Arthur" (1981) with Dudley Moore for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and "Gandhi" (1982). He is one of the few people to win a Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award.
Gielgud was knighted in 1953.
- 1982-11-30 "Gandhi" directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley and John Gielgud premieres in New Delhi (Best Picture 1983)