Playing the wolf in Noah, he fell in love with Merula Salaman, the actress playing the tiger. He starred in a 1938 production of Hamlet which won him acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. In early 1950's films he was a shrewdly wary Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in ''The Mudlark''; a droopy-lidded, bowlered and bespectacled bank clerk who engineers the smuggling of a hoard of gold bullion out of England in ''The Lavender Hill Mob''; and, in ''The Man in the White Suit,'' a chemist single-mindedly devoted to developing a miracle fabric that would never soil or wear out. Then along came ''The Ladykillers'' in 1955, closely followed by his first Hollywood film, a glossily cold remake of Molnar's ''The Swan'' in which he starred with Grace Kelly.
His role would also result in a Golden Globe Nomination and Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Some Struggles At the Beginning In 1934, literally a starving young actor, Mr. He was indeed, he said. In Ronald Neame's film of Joyce Cary's classic novel, Alec Guinness transforms himself into one of cinema's most indelible comic figures: the lovably scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. Perhaps best known to modern audiences for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy, Guinness actually began his career as a Shakespearean stage actor before successful negotiating the transition to Hollywood stardom. An early influence from afar was Stan Laurel, whom Guinness admired.
This distinguished group included Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Michael Redgrave. He was often mistaken for one of the ''brewery Guinnesses,'' he said, and in his adulthood several members of that family of millionaires cultivated his friendship. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. However, Guinness stated in a 1999 interview that it was actually his idea to kill off Obi Wan, persuading Lucas that it would make him a stronger character. His autobiography, Blessings in Disguise, was published in 1986; in the following decade he released two volumes of personal diary entries: My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor 1997 and A Positively Final Appearance 1999. Guinness left the Compton Studio after seven months, but not before an annual recital at which the judges, John Gielgud among them, awarded him a major prize.
Then you can put aside Star Wars, which made him rich but gave him no pleasure to play, apparently. In 1949 he also created the role of the seemingly omniscient psychiatrist in T. You can still file a request but no one will be notified. He knows there are blessings in disguise.
Guinness grew so tired of modern audiences seeming to remember him only for his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi that he would throw away the fan mail he received from Star Wars fans without reading it. Guinness continued playing Shakespearean roles throughout his career. Yevgraf Zhivago 1966 Hotel Paradiso Benedict Boniface The Quiller Memorandum Pol 1967 The Comedians in Africa Himself uncredited, short subject The Comedians Major H. Chesterton's priestly sleuth Father Brown in ''The Detective,'' also in 1954.
A romantic fable about a shy princess Grace Kelly whose head tells her to wed a worldly Crown Prince Guinness , but whose heart is drawn to a dashing commoner Jourdan. Guinness won a whole new generation of fans for his role as the Jedi warrior Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars 1977 , The Empire Strikes Back 1980 , and Return of the Jedi 1983. Three years later, he joined Gielgud's stage company. The confidence and affection the church appeared to inspire in the boy, left a deep impression on the actor. I never worked with him and met him twice only. Is the disguise right for him? Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome.
In the column for mother's name is written Agnes de Cuffe. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo. Needless to say, all were steeped in the dramatic classics and could perform any role from Shakespeare at a moment's notice. His childhood was one of poverty and, on leaving school at 18, Guinness took a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency to pay for acting lessons. Advertisement ''My birth certificate registers me as Alec Guinness de Cuffe,'' he wrote. But into this marvelous, transparent vessel Guinness poured an amazing variety of characterizations.
He must hide in front of the camera, collapse his personality and confound our expectations, remake himself with each role. The play was a success. He made Nicholson at times infuriating, at times pitiable, a man whose strict adherence to an old-fashioned code of military ethics was both his scourge and his moral salvation. In 1991, Guinness received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations 1946 , Fagin in Oliver Twist 1948 , Col.
It's as simple as that. Ghosts of Past, Present and Future appear taking Scrooge on a journey into the spirit of Christmas. It was that set of performances that forever sealed the actor's reputation as a rubber-faced British zany in the tradition of Sir Harry Lauder. In situations where lesser performers required several lines of dialogue to accomplish an effect, Sir Alec used his own facial shorthand -- the faint curling of a lip, a seemingly apologetic furrowing of the brow, the quizzical upturn of an eyebrow, a sudden brief smile that could radiate approval or signify chilly disdain.