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John Gielgud

1904 - 2000

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Sir Arthur John Gielgud, (; 14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000) was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who dominated the British stage for much of the 20th century. A member of the Terry family theatrical dynasty, he gained his first paid acting work as a junior member of his cousin Phyllis Neilson-Terry's company in 1922. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Gielgud has received more than 2,923,805 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. John Gielgud is the 632nd most popular actor (down from 615th in 2019), the 783rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 782nd in 2019) and the 98th most popular British Actor.

John Gielgud is most famous for his role as Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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Among actors, John Gielgud ranks 632 out of 9,996Before him are James Brolin, Adam West, Loie Fuller, Daniel Auteuil, Robert Taylor, and Imelda Staunton. After him are Hal Holbrook, Bill Pullman, Val Kilmer, Mylène Demongeot, Nastassja Kinski, and Scarlett Johansson.

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Among people born in 1904, John Gielgud ranks 48Before him are Alejo Carpentier, Clifford D. Simak, George Balanchine, Lucile Randon, Nikolai Kuznetsov, and Karl Rahner. After him are Héctor Castro, Moshé Feldenkrais, Gerhard Herzberg, Donald O. Hebb, Serge Lifar, and Otto Robert Frisch. Among people deceased in 2000, John Gielgud ranks 34Before him are Frederick Herzberg, Arkan, Lila Kedrova, Anatoly Sobchak, Gino Bartali, and Ofra Haza. After him are Bettino Craxi, Merton Miller, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Saburō Sakai, Leonid Rogozov, and John Harsanyi.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Gielgud ranks 783 out of 7,765Before him are Frederick Fleet (1887), Richard Laurence Millington Synge (1914), James Macpherson (1736), Thomas Tallis (1502), John Langdon Down (1828), and Imelda Staunton (1956). After him are Guy Ritchie (1968), John William Polidori (1795), Saint Malachy (1094), Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902), Alan Hodgkin (1914), and Danny Boyle (1956).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, John Gielgud ranks 98Before him are Derek Jacobi (1938), Boris Karloff (1887), Terence Stamp (1938), Tim Roth (1961), Charles Laughton (1899), and Imelda Staunton (1956). After him are Wentworth Miller (1972), David McCallum (1933), Rex Harrison (1908), Peter Finch (1916), Bernard Hill (1944), and Bernard Lee (1908).

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