Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000)

Sir Alec is remembered most widely today for his iconic performance as the wise old Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi. However, Guinness had a career reaching much farther back than his 1977 appearance, appearing in many of the classic Ealing comedies, on stage, and on both the big and small screen earning multiple Academy Award and Bafta wins and nominations. He is the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar, and picked up his Knighthood in the 1950s. Also serving in WWII in the Royal Navy, Guinness remains one of the most successful British Actors of all time, with a resume which includes many classics – The Lavender Hill Mob, The Bridge Over The River Kwai, The Ladykillers, Dr Zhivago, Lawrence Of Arabia, and many others.


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