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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 (2007)

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 previewDictionary of Films (1972)

by Georges Sadoul, Peter Morris

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

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction (2016)

by Alan Burton

was adapted as a sevenpart television drama serial produced at the BBC and first broadcast in 1979, and starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley and Ian Richardson as Bill Haydon.

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 the 1950s (2000)

by James Stuart Olson

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

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 inthe titlerole, winningthe Evening Standard Best Actor Award. The critic Caryl Brahms thought the play “fragmentary”, butsaid ...

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

Sir Alec Sir Alec Guinness (actor) Sir Alexander Sir Alexander Korda (motion-picture producer) Sir Alfred Sir Alfred Hitchcock (author and film director) Sir Arnold Sir Arnold Bax (composer) Sir Arthur Sir Arthur Bliss ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Films

Alec Guinness (Herbert Pocket); John ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Cinema Quotations from Filmmakers and Critics (2000)

Over 3400 Axioms, Criticisms, Opinions and Witticisms from 100 Years of the Cinema by Stephen M. Ringler

Alec Guinness, Actor Interview in The Dial magazine ...

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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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