English Actor

Alec Guinness

  • Apr 02, 1914 - Aug 05, 2000 (age 86)
  • 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
MovieDec 16, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The climactic clash between …
The climactic clash between light and dark unfolds in this conclusion to the trilogy that began with 'The Force Awakens.' Dark crusader Kylo Ren and Jedi heroine Rey confront their connection to a wicked legacy, while the Resistance squares off with the evil First Order in a final battle for the galaxy's freedom.
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2000
Alec Guinness
PersonalAugust 2000

Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness passed away.
1996
Eskimo Day
MovieApr 5, 1996

Eskimo Day

Comedy drama about the trials and tribulations of three sets of …
Comedy drama about the trials and tribulations of three sets of parents as they finally realise that their children have grown up and reluctantly they have to let them enroll at Cambridge ...
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Award1996

European Film Academy Lifetime Achiev…

Won European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
1995
Mute Witness
MovieMay 1, 1995

Mute Witness

A mute make-up artist working on a slasher movie being shot in …
A mute make-up artist working on a slasher movie being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there, she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.
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1991
Kafka
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MovieNov 15, 1991

Kafka

Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground …
Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization and must confront them.
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1989
Award1989

BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award

Won BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.
Nomination1989

BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award

Nominated for BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.
1988
A Handful of Dust
MovieJun 24, 1988

A Handful of Dust

We see the detritus of an abandoned camp in South …
We see the detritus of an abandoned camp in South America and a main character's hallucination. Then, the story begins. Tony (James Wilby) and Brenda Last (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas), lord and lady, live on his enormous estate with their young son. Tony's not much for parties, and Brenda joins London society, on the arm of a penniless man, John Beaver (Rupert Graves), a hanger-on at Tony's club. John is encouraged by his entrepreneurial mother, Mrs. Beaver (Dame Judi Dench), who sees a quid in Tony and Brenda. Brenda and John become lovers, Brenda spends more and more time in London, and Tony's without a clue. Then, bringing things to a head are tragedy, law suits, greed, and what should be a few-months' expedition to Brazil. We are each of us merely a handful of dust.
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Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1988

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "Little Dorrit".
Academy Award
Award1988

Society of London Theatre Special Award

Won Society of London Theatre Special Award.
Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1988

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "Little Dorrit".
National Society of Film Critics Award
Nomination1988

Actor of the Year in a New Play

Nominated for "A Walk in the Woods".
Laurence Olivier Award
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nomination1988

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Nominated for "Little Dorrit".
Golden Globe Award
1987
Little Dorrit
MovieDec 11, 1987

Little Dorrit

Arthur returns to London after working abroad for many …
Arthur returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy and of her father residing in the Marshalsea debtors' prison.
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1986
Nomination1986

Best Actor

Nominated for "Great Performances".
British Academy Television Award
1985
Award1985

Shakespeare Prize

Won Shakespeare Prize.
1984
A Passage to India
MovieDec 14, 1984

A Passage to India

It's the early 1920s. Britons Adela Quested (Judy Davis) and …
It's the early 1920s. Britons Adela Quested (Judy Davis) and her probable future mother-in-law Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft) have just arrived in Chandrapore in British India to visit Adela's unofficial betrothed, Ronny Heaslop (Nigel Havers), who works there as the city's magistrate. Adela and Mrs. Moore, who long for "an adventure" in experiencing all India has to offer, are dismayed to learn upon their arrival that the ruling British do not socialize, let alone associate, with the native population. Such people as the Turtons, Mr. Turton (Richard Wilson) being Ronny's superior, who openly thumb their noses at the idea in their belief that the Indians are an inferior people. They are further dismayed to see that Ronny adheres to that custom in not wanting to jeopardize his career. At the local white only club, Adela and Mrs. Moore find a like-minded Brit in the form of Richard Fielding (James Fox), the school master at government college, he who offers to organize a small, but truly inclusive, social gathering with some natives for them, unlike the large party the Turtons organize, where the natives are treated poorly, and are used more as window dressing for Adela and Mrs. Moore's benefit. In addition to Fielding's colleague, eccentric Brahmin scholar Professor Narayan Godbole (Sir Alec Guinness), Adela, and Mrs. Moore would like to invite Aziz Ahmed (Victor Banerjee), a young, widowed local physician with whom Mrs. Moore had a chance encounter. As Mrs. Moore is the first Brit who has ever treated him with kindness as she did at that encounter, Aziz is happy to attend. As Aziz wants to impress them by being what he thinks they want him to be, which is more western, he offers to organize an outing for this small collective to the Marabar Caves, which has some renown. The outing is despite Aziz never having been to the caves himself, and despite the expense to himself, that sum of money which he really can ill afford. Something that happens at the caves has the potential to bring the British-Indian bridge that has been forged within this small collective come crumbling down, that something which also threatens Aziz and Adela's lives in the process.
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1983
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
MovieMay 25, 1983

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker battles …
Luke Skywalker battles Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love, and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side, and the defeat of the evil emperor.
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Best Actor
Award1983

Best Actor

Won award for "Smiley's People".
British Academy Television Award
Best Actor
Nomination1983

Best Actor

Nominated for "Smiley's People".
British Academy Television Award
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Nomination1983

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Seri…

Nominated for "Smiley's People".
1980
Little Lord Fauntleroy
MovieNov 25, 1980

Little Lord Fauntleroy

An American boy turns out to …
An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental Lord, who oversees the trust.
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Raise the Titanic
MovieAug 1, 1980

Raise the Titanic

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising …
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
MovieMay 17, 1980

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strik…

After the Rebels are brutally …
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.
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Best Actor
Nomination1980

Best Actor

Nominated for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".
British Academy Television Award
Best Actor
Award1980

Best Actor

Won award for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".
British Academy Television Award
1979
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
TV ShowSep 10, 1979

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a …
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 1979 seven-part drama spy miniseries made by BBC TV. John Irvin directed and Jonathan Powell produced this adaptation of John le Carré's novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974). The miniseries, which stars Alec Guinness, Alexander Knox, Ian Richardson, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, Ian Bannen, George Sewell and Michael Aldridge, was shown in the United Kingdom from 10 September to 22 October 1979 and in the United States beginning on 29 September 1980.
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Award1979

Academy Honorary Award

Won Academy Honorary Award.
1978
Star Wars Holiday Special
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MovieNov 17, 1978

Star Wars Holiday Special

Chewbacca and Han Solo try …
Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, but are impeded by an Imperial blockade. Chewie's family passes the time with various forms of entertainment.
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1977
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
MovieMay 25, 1977

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Luke Skywalker joins forces …
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
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Star Wars Trilogy
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MovieMay 25, 1977

Star Wars Trilogy

The Star Wars Trilogy, often colloquially referred to as the …
The Star Wars Trilogy, often colloquially referred to as the original trilogy or the classic trilogy, is the first set of three films produced in the Star Wars franchise, an American space opera created by George Lucas. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox, and consists of the original Star Wars film (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The films center on the Galactic Civil War of the Rebel Alliance trying to free the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Empire, as well as the archetypical hero's journey of Luke Skywalker in his quest to become a Jedi, joining forces with Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the Rebel Alliance in facing the tyrannical Galactic Empire and the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
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Nomination1977

Actor of the Year in a New Play

Nominated for "The Old Country".
Laurence Olivier Award
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nomination1977

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Nominated for "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".
Golden Globe Award
Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1977

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".
Academy Award
Best Supporting Actor
Award1977

Best Supporting Actor

Won award for "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".
Saturn Award
1976
Murder by Death
MovieJun 23, 1976

Murder by Death

Five famous literary detective characters and their …
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.
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1973
Hitler: The Last Ten Days
MovieApr 20, 1973

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

A dramatization based on …
A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.
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1970
Scrooge
MovieNov 5, 1970

Scrooge

In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, …
In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, loathes people, and defends the decrease of the surplus of poor population, runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of Christmas Past, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed, the spirit of Christmas Present shows him the poor situation of Bob's family, and how joyful life may be and the spirit of Christmas Yet To Come shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good, and time is too short, and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew, and people in general.
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Cromwell
MovieJul 16, 1970

Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' …
Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.
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1966
The Quiller Memorandum
MovieNov 10, 1966

The Quiller Memorandum

In the West Berlin of the …
In the West Berlin of the 1960s, two British agents are killed by a Nazi group, prompting British Intelligence to dispatch agent Quiller to investigate.
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Hotel Paradiso
MovieOct 14, 1966

Hotel Paradiso

Monsieur Feydeau has writer's block, and he needs a new …
Monsieur Feydeau has writer's block, and he needs a new play. But he takes an opportunity to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris, Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife, and the next-door neglectful husband Henri with a beautiful, but ignored wife, Marcelle. Henri traces architectural anomalies (most ghost sounds are drains), and plans a night at the Hotel Paradiso, but this hotel is the assignation spot of Marcelle and Boniface. One wife, two husbands, a nephew, and the perky Boniface maid, all at this "by the hour" hotel, and consummation of the affair is, to say the least, severely compromised (not the least by a police raid). All of this under Feydeau's eye, and his play is the "success fou" of the next season.
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1965
Doctor Zhivago
MovieDec 22, 1965

Doctor Zhivago

During the Russian Revolution, Dr. Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is …
During the Russian Revolution, Dr. Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar (Julie Christie), who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin). But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites.
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Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious
MovieOct 13, 1965

Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious

During World War II, two …
During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his bomb shelter. While his prisoners go stir crazy, Herr Frick must decide if he's willing to lose their companionship by letting them know the war has ended.
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Nomination1965

Best Spoken Word Album

Nominated for "A Personal Choice".
Grammy Award
1964
The Fall of the Roman Empire
MovieMar 24, 1964

The Fall of the Roman Empire

Action-packed look at the …
Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the shattering effects of that power's loss. Here is the tale of the plight of a people living on the brink of a political abyss.
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Award1964

Best Actor in a Play

Won award for "Dylan".
Tony Award
Nomination1964

Best Spoken Word Album

Nominated for "Dylan".
Grammy Award
Nomination1964

Best Actor in a Play

Nominated for "Dylan".
Tony Award
1962
Lawrence of Arabia
MovieDec 10, 1962

Lawrence of Arabia

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who …
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
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H.M.S. Defiant
MovieFeb 22, 1962

H.M.S. Defiant

On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, …
On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lieutenant Scott-Padget, whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.
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1961
A Majority of One
MovieDec 27, 1961

A Majority of One

Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, …
Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, monocultural existence in the same predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood for most of her adult life, and as such has fairly traditional Jewish values. She is taken aback not only when her son-in-law Jerry Black announces that he and Bertha's daughter Alice Black are moving to Tokyo on Jerry's next diplomatic corps assignment, but that they want her to move there with them so that she won't be all alone. Despite her anti-Japanese sentiments, David, her only son, having been killed in World War II in the Pacific Theater, Bertha reluctantly agrees. They will fly from New York City to San Francisco, and sail from there. Against the odds, Bertha befriends on board the ship Koichi Asano, a wealthy widowed Japanese businessman with whom Jerry and the American contingent will be entering into sensitive negotiations. Jerry and Alice are wary of Bertha and Mr. Asano's friendship, not only because of the cultural differences, but because they believe Mr. Asano's sole motive may be to get the upper hand in the negotiations in going through Alice's mother. However, Bertha and Mr. Asano may have a deeper connection than either would have thought, and that can overcome each of their deep seated cultural differences.
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Best British Actor
Nomination1961

Best British Actor

Nominated for "Tunes of Glory".
BAFTA Award
1960
Tunes of Glory
MovieSep 4, 1960

Tunes of Glory

Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he …
Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During World War II, as Second-in-Command, he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the regiment has returned to Scotland, and a new commanding officer is to be appointed. Jock's own cleverness is pitted against his new C.O., his daughter, his girlfriend, and the other officers in the Mess.
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Nomination1960

Outstanding Single Performance By An …

Nominated for "Startime".
Primetime Emmy Award
Nomination1960

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Seri…

Nominated for "Startime".
Best British Screenplay
Nomination1960

Best British Screenplay

Nominated for "The Horse's Mouth".
BAFTA Award
1959
Our Man in Havana
MovieDec 30, 1959

Our Man in Havana

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, …
Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.
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The Scapegoat
MovieAug 6, 1959

The Scapegoat

An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; …
An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.
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1958
The Horse's Mouth
MovieNov 11, 1958

The Horse's Mouth

A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the …
A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.
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Best Adapted Screenplay
Nomination1958

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominated for "The Horse's Mouth".
Academy Award
Best British Actor
Award1958

Best British Actor

Won award for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
BAFTA Award
Best British Actor
Nomination1958

Best British Actor

Nominated for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
BAFTA Award
1957
Barnacle Bill
MovieDec 11, 1957

Barnacle Bill

Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of distinguished …
Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of distinguished sailors, but is all too susceptible to seasickness. After the war, he buys himself a nautical command on shore, a decrepit amusement pier at the British resort town Sandcastle-on-Sea, whose prim town council has outlawed arcade games as a form of gambling. Running the pier like a Naval vessel, the Captain's determination to make it a modern, going concern meets steady opposition. But with an unexpected new ally, he pursues a remarkable scheme to liberate his "ship" from land authorities.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai
MovieOct 2, 1957

The Bridge on the River Kwai

During WW II, allied POWs …
During WW II, allied POWs in a Japanese internment camp are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge, but under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson they're persuaded the bridge should be built to help morale, spirit. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of Japanese Commandant Colonel Saito, but soon they realise it's a monument to Nicholson, himself, as well as a form of collaboration with the enemy.
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Best Actor
Award1957

Best Actor

Won award for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
National Board of Review Award
Best Actor
Award1957

Best Actor

Won award for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
Academy Award
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Award1957

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Won award for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
Golden Globe Award
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination1957

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Nominated for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
Golden Globe Award
Best Actor
Nomination1957

Best Actor

Nominated for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
Academy Award
1956
The Swan
MovieApr 18, 1956

The Swan

Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are …
Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him.
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Best British Actor
Nomination1956

Best British Actor

Nominated for "The Prisoner".
BAFTA Award
1955
The Ladykillers
MovieDec 8, 1955

The Ladykillers

A gang planning a 'job' find themselves living with a little …
A gang planning a 'job' find themselves living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve.
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The Prisoner
MovieApr 19, 1955

The Prisoner

A Cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a Prince …
A Cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a Prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war, and afterward his resistance when his country again fell to another totalitarian conqueror. In prison, his interrogator is determined to get a confession of guilt against the state from the strong willed man, and thus destroy his power over his people. The verbal and psychological battles are gripping and powerful, not even the increasing pressures put upon the Cardinal can force him to weaken, not even solitary confinement, continuous blazing light in his cell, sleeplessness, efforts to persuade him he is going mad. And yet, in the deepening conflict, the superb indomitable prisoner, creates a tremendous pity on his tormentor, the interrogator.
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To Paris with Love
MovieJan 11, 1955

To Paris with Love

A middle-aged widower takes his son on a trip to Paris, where …
A middle-aged widower takes his son on a trip to Paris, where they try to find wives for each other.
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1954
Father Brown
MovieJun 8, 1954

Father Brown

Amateur detective Father Ignatius Brown defies his Bishop and …
Amateur detective Father Ignatius Brown defies his Bishop and decides to transport to Rome a holy relic from his church, a cross that once belonged to St. Augustin, rather than allow the more elaborate plans to proceed. On the channel crossing, he becomes suspicious of a fellow traveller, a Mr. Dobson, who Brown quickly determines is not the automobile salesman he claims to be. He does befriend another priest who he takes into his confidence, but soon realizes that his suspicions should have been reversed. The fake priest is in fact Gustave Flambeau, a professional art thief and an expert at disguise. After he gets away with the cross, Brown refuses to work with the police, insisting that he wants to save the man's soul, not put him in prison. With the assistance of his friend Lady Warren, Father Brown sets a trap for Flambeau, but Brown realizes that his work is only just beginning.
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1953
Malta Story
MovieJun 23, 1953

Malta Story

In 1942, Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was …
In 1942, Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, a Royal Air Force reconnaissance photographer's romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements.
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The Captain's Paradise
MovieJun 9, 1953

The Captain's Paradise

The Captain of a ferry boat …
The Captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.
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1952
The Card
MovieFeb 25, 1952

The Card

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to …
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing, some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ...
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Best Actor
Nomination1952

Best Actor

Nominated for "The Lavender Hill Mob".
Academy Award
1951
The Man in the White Suit
MovieAug 10, 1951

The Man in the White Suit

An altruistic chemist invents …
An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.
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The Lavender Hill Mob
MovieJun 28, 1951

The Lavender Hill Mob

A meek bank clerk who …
A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.
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1950
The Mudlark
MovieOct 30, 1950

The Mudlark

In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) …
In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria, which he thinks so beautiful, he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, he slips past the Beefeaters and wanders about Windsor Castle, just when a state dinner is in preparation. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is struggling hard to persuade the Queen to end her long seclusion.
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Last Holiday
MovieMay 3, 1950

Last Holiday

George Bird's rather lonely, anonymous existence as an …
George Bird's rather lonely, anonymous existence as an underappreciated seller of farm machinery is jarred when his physician informs him that he is suffering from the rare malady Lampington's Disease, and only has a few weeks to live. Believing he has nothing to lose, Bird resigns his position and withdraws his modest life savings in order to spend his remaining time in a "posh" seaside resort. There he keeps his own counsel about his condition and meets people who live in a world he could never have imagined existed. Incredibly, he finds personal and professional opportunities now open to him that that he never dreamed would be his, but unfortunately, he is no position to take advantage of them, until fate lends a hand.
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Best Actor
Award1950

Best Actor

Won award for "Kind Hearts and Coronets".
National Board of Review Award
1949
A Run for Your Money
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MovieNov 23, 1949

A Run for Your Money

Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim …
Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be.
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Kind Hearts and Coronets
MovieJun 13, 1949

Kind Hearts and Coronets

In prison awaiting execution …
In prison awaiting execution the next morning, Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, puts down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father, who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge, and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution, Sibelia recants her testimony, saving him not only from the gallows, but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing.
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1948
Oliver Twist
MovieJun 22, 1948

Oliver Twist

Based on the Charles Dickens novel, this movie is about an …
Based on the Charles Dickens novel, this movie is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket and he joins a household of young boys who are trained to steal for their master. This version of Oliver Twist is topped by Sir Alec Guinness' masterly performance of archthug Fagin.
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1946
Great Expectations
MovieDec 16, 1946

Great Expectations

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with …
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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1940
Matthew Guinness
ChildJune 1940

Matthew Guinness

Matthew Guinness (born 6 June 1940) is an English actor. He …
Matthew Guinness (born 6 June 1940) is an English actor. He played the part of the Farmer in the 1976 film Nuts in May, appears in Ridley Scott's The Duellists (1977) and had a small role in 1986's Lady Jane. He has also worked extensively in theatre.
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1938
Merula Salaman
MarriageJune 1938

Merula Salaman

Married Merula Salaman.
1914
Alec Guinness
BirthApril 1914

Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness was born.
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