Laurence Olivier

1907 - 1989

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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier ( LORR-ənss-KUR-ə-LIV-ee-ay; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, was one of a trio of male actors who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laurence Olivier has received more than 11,022,829 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Laurence Olivier is the 151st most popular actor (down from 143rd in 2019), the 224th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 227th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular British Actor.

Laurence Olivier is most famous for his work as an actor. He is well known for his roles in Shakespearean plays, such as "Henry V" and "Hamlet."

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  • 78

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  • 5.18

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  • 5.53

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Among actors, Laurence Olivier ranks 151 out of 13,578Before him are Gérard Philipe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Orson Welles, and Jean Renoir. After him are Ava Gardner, Eli Wallach, Tommy Lee Jones, Stan Laurel, Antonio Banderas, and Sandra Bullock.

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Among people born in 1907, Laurence Olivier ranks 11Before him are Oscar Niemeyer, John Wayne, Edwin McMillan, Mircea Eliade, J. Hans D. Jensen, and Alberto Moravia. After him are Hergé, Yakov Dzhugashvili, Baldur von Schirach, Rachel Carson, Frank Whittle, and Junji Nishikawa. Among people deceased in 1989, Laurence Olivier ranks 18Before him are Sergio Leone, Elena Ceaușescu, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Osamu Tezuka, Lee Van Cleef, and János Kádár. After him are Dolores Ibárruri, Vladimir Horowitz, Graham Chapman, Sándor Márai, Andrei Gromyko, and Thomas Bernhard.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Laurence Olivier ranks 224 out of 8,785Before him are C. F. Powell (1903), Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982), Thomas Newcomen (1663), and Robert Brown (1773). After him are Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901), Alcuin (735), James Hunt (1947), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), Stan Laurel (1890), and Clement Attlee (1883).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Laurence Olivier ranks 22Before him are Charlotte Rampling (1946), Peter O'Toole (1932), Jason Statham (1967), Judi Dench (1934), Ben Kingsley (1943), and Richard Madden (1986). After him are Stan Laurel (1890), Jeremy Irons (1948), Peter Ustinov (1921), Gary Oldman (1958), Olivia Newton-John (1948), and Alec Guinness (1914).

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