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 7,190,763 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Alec Guinness is the 245th most popular actor (up from 280th in 2019), the 354th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 424th in 2019) and the 39th 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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  • 72

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  • 4.23

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  • 5.60

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Among actors, Alec Guinness ranks 245 out of 10,030Before him are Mickey Rourke, Benny Hill, Marcel Marceau, Paul Hogan, John Cazale, and Faye Dunaway. After him are Errol Flynn, Warren Beatty, Richard Chamberlain, Peter Sellers, Jared Leto, and Julie Christie.

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Among people born in 1914, Alec Guinness ranks 14Before him are Romain Gary, Michael Wittmann, Jiang Qing, Julio Cortázar, William S. Burroughs, and Mohammed Zahir Shah. After him are Octavio Paz, Richard Widmark, Tyrone Power, Bohumil Hrabal, Lída Baarová, and Joe Louis. Among people deceased in 2000, Alec Guinness ranks 9Before him are Władysław Szpilman, Ingrid of Sweden, Emil Zátopek, Habib Bourguiba, Roger Vadim, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. After him are Lída Baarová, Carl Barks, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Victor Borge, Stanley Matthews, and Walter Matthau.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alec Guinness ranks 354 out of 6,924Before him are Benny Hill (1924), John Wesley (1703), Anne Neville (1456), Theresa May (1956), Halford Mackinder (1861), and Alec Douglas-Home (1903). After him are Ronald Coase (1910), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), John Bowlby (1907), George Michael (1963), James Parkinson (1755), and Peter Sellers (1925).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Alec Guinness ranks 39Before him are Jeremy Irons (1948), Angela Lansbury (1925), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), Malcolm McDowell (1943), Ian McShane (1942), and Benny Hill (1924). After him are Peter Sellers (1925), David Niven (1910), Hugh Grant (1960), Albert Finney (1936), Ralph Fiennes (1962), and Colin Firth (1960).

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