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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 Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. However, he was probably best 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). In later years, he achieved fame with younger audiences for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’s Star Wars films.


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Evensong Extra (World War I soldier in audience) uncredited
1946 Great Expectations Herbert Pocket
1948 Oliver Twist Fagin
1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets Template:Ubl National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
1949 Template:Sortname Whimple
1950 Last Holiday George Bird
1950 Template:Sortname Benjamin Disraeli
1951 Template:Sortname Henry Holland Template:Ubl
1951 Template:Sortname Sidney Stratton
1952 Template:Sortname Edward Henry 'Denry' Machin released in the United States as The Promoter
1953 Template:Sortname narrator short subject
1953 Malta Story Flight Lt. Peter Ross
1953 Template:Sortname Capt. Henry St. James
1954 Father Brown Father Brown
1954 Template:Sortname Himself short subject
1955 Rowlandson's England narrator short subject
1955 To Paris with Love Col. Sir Edgar Fraser
1955 Template:Sortname Template:Sortname Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1955 Template:Sortname Professor Marcus
1956 Template:Sortname Prince Albert
1957 Template:Sortname Col. Nicholson Template:Ubl
1957 Barnacle Bill Captain William Horatio Ambrose released in the United States as All at Sea
1958 Template:Sortname Gulley Jimson Template:Ubl
1959 Our Man in Havana Jim Wormold
1959 Template:Sortname John Barratt/Jacques De Gue
1960 Tunes of Glory Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M. Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1962 Template:Sortname Koichi Asano
1962 H.M.S. Defiant Captain Crawford
1962 Lawrence of Arabia Prince Faisal
1964 Template:Sortname Marcus Aurelius
1965 Pasternak Himself short subject
1965 Situation Hopeless ... But Not Serious Wilhelm Frick
1965 Doctor Zhivago Gen. Yevgraf Zhivago
1966 Hotel Paradiso Benedict Boniface
1966 Template:Sortname Pol
1967 Template:Sortname Himself uncredited, short subject
1967 Template:Sortname Major H.O. Jones Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1970 Cromwell King Charles I
1970 Scrooge Jacob Marley's ghost
1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon Pope Innocent III
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Adolf Hitler
1976 Murder by Death Jamesir Bensonmum
1977 Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Template:Ubl
1979 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy George Smiley British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Obi-Wan Kenobi
1980 Raise the Titanic John Bigalow
1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy Earl of Dorincourt
1982 Smiley's People George Smiley Template:Ubl
1983 Lovesick Sigmund Freud
1983 Return of the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi
1984 Template:Sortname Professor Godbole
1985 Monsignor Quixote Monsignor Quixote
1988 Little Dorrit William Dorrit Template:Ubl
1988 Template:Sortname Mr. Todd
1991 Kafka Template:Sortname
1993 Template:Sortname Amos
1994 Mute Witness Template:Sortname
1996 Eskimo Day James

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