Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness


Alec Guinness
Film: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Born April 2, 1914 in London, United Kingdom
Died Aug. 5, 2000 of liver cancer in Midhurst, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Sir Alec Guinness was a versatile actor of considerable charm and intelligence who won two Academy Awards and a Tony Award in a career spanning 65 years.

Guinness, perhaps best remembered by one generation of moviegoers for a series of artful comedies made in England during the late 1940s and early 1950s, became a favorite of younger fans starting in the late 1970s with his portrayal of the all-wise knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi, in the "Star Wars" films.

He also created a series of unforgettable roles for British director David Lean, beginning in 1946 in "Great Expectations," through "Oliver Twist," the Academy Award-winning performance as Col. Nicholson in "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Dr. Zhivago," and "A Passage to India.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1952 Best Actor The Lavender Hill Mob Nomination
    1957 Best Actor The Bridge on the River Kwai Win
    1958 Best Adapted Screenplay The Horse's Mouth Nomination
    1977 Best Supporting Actor Star Wars Nomination
    1979 Honorary Award Win
    1988 Best Supporting Actor Little Dorrit Nomination

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