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Alec Guinness

1914 - 2000

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Sir Alec Guinness (born Alec Guinness de Cuffe; 2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, Guinness was featured in several of the Ealing comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), in which he played nine different characters, The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination, and The Ladykillers (1955). He collaborated six times with director David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alec Guinness has received more than 8,628,725 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia. Alec Guinness is the 186th most popular actor (up from 245th in 2019), the 278th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 353rd in 2019) and the 27th most popular British Actor.

Alec Guinness is most famous for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Among actors, Alec Guinness ranks 186 out of 9,996Before him are Anouk Aimée, Bill Murray, Richard Harris, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jared Leto, and Harvey Keitel. After him are Christopher Walken, Daniel Craig, Philippe Noiret, Daniel Day-Lewis, Simone Signoret, and Robert Forster.

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Among people born in 1914, Alec Guinness ranks 12Before him are Mohammed Zahir Shah, Tenzing Norgay, Marguerite Duras, Jiang Qing, Michael Wittmann, and Aribert Heim. After him are Romain Gary, Julio Cortázar, Bohumil Hrabal, Octavio Paz, William S. Burroughs, and Richard Widmark. Among people deceased in 2000, Alec Guinness ranks 7Before him are Hafez al-Assad, Hedy Lamarr, Władysław Szpilman, Ingrid of Sweden, Habib Bourguiba, and Victor Borge. After him are Emil Zátopek, Roger Vadim, Stanley Matthews, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Lída Baarová, and Vittorio Gassman.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alec Guinness ranks 278 out of 7,765Before him are Nicholas Winton (1909), John Keats (1795), Jane Goodall (1934), Benjamin Britten (1913), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), and Peter Higgs (1929). After him are Daniel Craig (1968), Mordred (null), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), Anne Brontë (1820), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), and George Michael (1963).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Alec Guinness ranks 27Before him are Julie Andrews (1935), Jane Birkin (1946), Laurence Olivier (1907), Peter O'Toole (1932), Timothy Dalton (1946), and Jeremy Irons (1948). After him are Daniel Craig (1968), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), Vanessa Redgrave (1937), Gary Oldman (1958), Peter Sellers (1925), and David Suchet (1946).

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