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      Alec Guinness

      Alec Guinness

      Highest Rated: 100% The Ladykillers (1955)

      Lowest Rated: 27% The Comedians (1967)

      Birthday: Apr 2, 1914

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Sir Alec Guinness, acting's preeminent master of disguise, first drew attention as Fagin, providing a wonderfully Dickensian performance that totally concealed the actor within in David Lean's "Oliver Twist" (1948). His most dramatic display of versatility came playing eight roles, including a woman, in "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), a film that established him beyond a shadow of a doubt as an expert at make-up and deception. Whether he was an English prime minister (Disraeli in "The Mudlark" 1950), an Arab prince ("Lawrence of Arabia" 1962), a despicable despot (Hitler in "The Last Ten Days" 1973) or an Indian professor ("A Passage to India" 1984), Guinness demonstrated a chameleon-like ability to disappear so completely within the role that filmgoers forgot they were watching an actor and saw the character instead.

      Highest rated movies

      A Handful of Dust
      Damn the Defiant!
      The Ladykillers
      The Lavender Hill Mob
      The Man in the White Suit
      Last Holiday
      Kind Hearts and Coronets
      Oliver Twist

      Photos

      LAST HOLIDAY, Alec Guinness, 1950 ALL AT SEA, (aka BARNACLE BILL), Alec Guinness, 1957 CROMWELL, Alec Guinness, 1970 TUNES OF GLORY, Alec Guinness, 1960 TUNES OF GLORY, Dennis Price, Alec Guinness on set, 1960 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, director David Lean, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa on set, 1957 TUNES OF GLORY, Alec Guinness, John Mills on set, 1960 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Alec Guinness, 1957 TUNES OF GLORY, Alec Guinness (right front), Gordon Jackson rehearsing on set, 1960 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, Alec Guinness, director David Lean on set, 1965 TUNES OF GLORY, Alec Guinness (center) adjusting his socks on set, 1960 TO PARIS WITH LOVE, Alec Guinness, 1955 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Alec Guinness, 1957 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, Alec Guinness, Rita Tushingham, 1965 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Alec Guinness, 1957 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Alec Guinness, 1957 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, Alec Guinness, 1965 TO PARIS WITH LOVE, Alec Guinness, 1955 LOVESICK, Alec Guinness, 1983, (c) Warner Brothers MURDER BY DEATH, Peter Falk (center), James Coco, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, 1976

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 99% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - 40th Anniversary Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Interview Day James (Character) - 1996
      83% 66% Mute Witness The Reaper (Character) $962.2K 1995
      No Score Yet 71% A Foreign Field Amos (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales From Hollywood Heinrich Mann (Character) - 1992
      52% 72% Kafka The Chief Clerk (Character) $57.6K 1991
      No Score Yet 80% Little Dorrit Part Two: Little Dorrit's Story William Dorrit (Character) $644.6K 1988
      No Score Yet 83% Little Dorrit Part One: Nobody's Fault William Dorrit (Character) - 1988
      100% 45% A Handful of Dust Mr. Todd (Character) $1.6M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsignor Quixote Father Quixote (Character) - 1985
      79% 79% A Passage to India Godbole (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Edwin Sir Fennimore Truscott (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Future Schlock Unknown (Character) - 1984
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Character) $314.3M 1983
      40% 36% Lovesick Sigmund Freud (Character) - 1983
      38% 28% Raise the Titanic John Bigalow (Character) - 1980
      95% 97% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Character) $291.9M 1980
      No Score Yet 80% Little Lord Fauntleroy Earl of Dorincourt (Character) - 1980
      93% 96% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi (Character) $345 1977
      67% 82% Murder by Death Jamesir Bensonmum (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ceasar and Cleopatra Julius Caesar (Character) - 1976
      42% 77% Brother Sun, Sister Moon Pope Innocent III (Character) - 1973
      38% 55% Hitler: The Last Ten Days Adolf Hitler (Character) - 1973
      43% 70% Cromwell King Charles I (Character) - 1970
      75% 84% Scrooge Jacob Marley's Ghost (Character) - 1970
      27% 47% The Comedians Major H. O. Jones (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedians In Africa Self - 1967
      No Score Yet 58% Hotel Paradiso Benedict Boniface (Character) - 1966
      57% 60% The Quiller Memorandum Pol (Character) - 1966
      82% 88% Doctor Zhivago Gen. Yevgraf Zhivago (Character) $87.1K 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious Wilhelm Frick (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pasternak Self - 1965
      92% 69% The Fall of the Roman Empire Marcus Aurelius (Character) - 1964
      94% 93% Lawrence of Arabia Prince Feisal (Character) $6.0M 1962
      100% 63% Damn the Defiant! Captain Crawford (Character) - 1962
      67% 62% A Majority of One Koichi Asano (Character) - 1961
      95% 77% Our Man in Havana Jim Wormold (Character) - 1960
      73% 78% Tunes of Glory Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M. (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 53% The Scapegoat John Barratt/Jacques De Gue (Character) - 1959
      89% 76% The Horse's Mouth Gulley Jimson (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 59% All at Sea Captain William Horatio Ambrose (Character) - 1957
      96% 93% The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Nicholson (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 71% The Swan Prince Albert (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 25% To Paris, With Love Col. Sir Edgar Fraser (Character) - 1955
      100% 87% The Ladykillers Professor Marcus (Character) $22.2K 1955
      56% 72% The Prisoner The Cardinal (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 61% The Malta Story Flight Lt. Peter Ross (Character) - 1954
      57% 59% The Detective Father Brown (Character) - 1954
      80% 68% The Captain's Paradise Captain Henry St. James (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 62% The Promoter Edward Henry `'Denry'` Machin (Character) - 1952
      50% 50% Promoter Unknown (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 38% The Mudlark Benjamin Disraeli (Character) - 1951
      100% 86% The Lavender Hill Mob Henry Holland (Character) - 1951
      100% 81% The Man in the White Suit Sidney Stratton (Character) $8.3K 1951
      100% 77% Last Holiday George Bird (Character) - 1950
      100% 94% Kind Hearts and Coronets The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha (Character) $35.9K 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Run for Your Money Whimple (Character) - 1949
      100% 84% Oliver Twist Fagin (Character) - 1948
      100% 88% Great Expectations Herbert Pocket (Character) - 1946

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1996
      90% No Score Yet Smiley's People George Smiley (Character) 1982
      100% 88% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy George Smiley (Character) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959