Alec Guinness



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Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. After an early career on the stage he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Yevgraf in Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Professor Godbole in A Passage to India (1984). He is also known for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy, receiving a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Age: 86 (age at death)
Nationality: British
Claim to Fame: Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Movies


137 Credits »
1996 Interview Day James
1994 Mute Witness The Reaper
1992 Performance Heinrich Mann
1991 Kafka The Chief Clerk
1988 A Handful of Dust Mr. Todd
1988 Little Dorrit William Dorrit
1985 Screen One Amos
1984 A Passage to India Godbole
1984 Edwin Sir Fennimore Truscott
1983 Lovesick Sigmund Freud
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi



The stage was my prime interest. I had no ambition to be a film actor, and a screen career seemed unlikely to come my way. I`d done a stage adaption of "Great Expectations" before the war and this had been seen by David Lean and Ronald Neame. I went into the navy during the war, and when I came out they were preparing their film [Great Expectations (1946)]. They remembered my performance on the stage and asked me if I`d go into their film as Herbert Pocket. I`d thought of film as a much greater mystery than the theater and I felt a need to begin in films with a character I knew something about.


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Nominated for 36 Awards | Won 24

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