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.
|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|
|1988||Best Supporting Actor||Little Dorrit||Nomination|