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Alec Guinness


Who is Alec Guinness?

Alec Guinness: Sir Alec Guinness, CH CBE 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, Fagin in Oliver Twist, Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia, Yevgraf in Doctor Zhivago, and Professor Godbole in A Passage to India. 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.


Alec Guinness is a fictional character in the 1983 film Grace Kelly.


"Alec Guinness" is a book by Piers Paul Read.

  • genre: Biography
  • subjects: Film, Cinema, Great Britain

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Google previewEminent Dogs, Dangerous Men (2014)

Searching Through Scotland for a Border Collie by Donald McCaig

Alec Guinness is a fine man, Hamish says. Once the filming was done, the actor took all the pipers to dinner. Hamish no longer plays the pipes, “The dogs do nae care for them.” At the Edinburgh trial, last summer, while Hamish MacLean was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religion and Film (2011)

by Eric Michael Mazur

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels. [Belief; Brooks, Mel; Censorship in Hollywood; Eucatastrophe; Film as Religion; Myth; Ritual; Science Fiction; Theology and Film; Westerns] Star Wars: ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction (2016)

by Alan Burton

BBC television produces an acclaimed seven-part adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Alec Guinness, and the series The Ωmega Factor centers on an experimental unit that investigates the intelligence uses of ...

Google previewBryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors (2011)

by Bill Bryson

Guinness stout, Sir Alec Guinness (1914–2000), Guinness Book of World Records, etc. Guizhou. Chinese province; formerly spelled Kweichow. Gujurat. Indian state; capital Gandhinagar. gunny sack. Gunpowder Plot. Conspiracy among a ...

Google previewThe Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre (2013)

by Jonathan Law

Alec GUINNESS was highly praised in the title role, winning the Evening Standard Best Actor Award. The critic Caryl Brahms thought the play “fragmentary ”, but said the actor had “the timing of a histrionic angel, the sweetness from which ...

Google previewDictionary of Films (1972)

by Georges Sadoul, Peter Morris

Ashton Mus Malcolm Arnold Cast Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the 1950s (2000)

by James Stuart Olson

Starring Alec Guinness and William Hoj- den , the film ...

Google previewA Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV Si (2011)

by A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Alec Guinness in Lovesick (d. Marshall Brickman, w. Marshall Brickman), 1983. 95 minutes. Stuart Pankin in That's Adequate (d.

Google previewThe Coen Brothers Encyclopedia (2014)

by Lynnea Chapman King

The eleventh feature film by Joel and Ethan Coen was a remake of the 1955 Ealing Studios film of the same name, The Ladykillers, originally written by William Rose, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, and starring Alec Guinness, Peter ...

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I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor. (Alec Guinness)
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