Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941,...
Born on April 02, 1914
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Height 1.78m / 5' 10"
Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941, he entered the Royal Navy as a seaman and was commissioned the next year. Beyond an extra part in Evensong (1934), his film career began after World War II with his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946). A string of films, mostly comedies, showed off his ability to look different in every role, eight of them, including a woman, in one movie alone, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). His best known recent work was as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and its sequels. He earned a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe Award in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and an Honorary Academy Award (1980) for "advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances". Academy nominations have included The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) (actor); The Horse's Mouth (1958) (screenplay); Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (supporting) and Little Dorrit (1987) (supporting). He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1959 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama. Sir Alec Guinness died at age 86 of liver cancer on August 5, 2000.Read More
Known for playing multiple complex characters and changing his appearance to suit.
Deep smooth voice
Often worked with David Lean and Ronald Neame
Often played noble and fiercely proud leaders and authority figures
Reportedly hated working on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) so much, Guinness claims that Obi-Wan's death was his idea as a means to limit his involvement in the film. Guinness also claims to throw away all Star Wars related fan mail without even opening it.
He was voted third in the Orange Film 2001 survey of greatest British film actors.
Despite popular belief, he never uttered the line "May the force be with you" in any of the Star Wars films (the closest he came was "the force will be with you").
He was a huge fan of the television series Due South (1994).
He was awarded Knight Bachelor in the 1959 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1955 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
"de Cuffe" is his mother's surname; he never knew the identity of his father (source: obituary, Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2000).
He was one of the last surviving members of a great generation of British actors, which included Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson.
Father of actor Matthew Guinness and grandfather of Sally Guinness.
[on how much he disliked working on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and his attempts to encourage George Lucas to kill off Obi-Wan Kenobi] And he agreed with me. What I didn't tell him was that I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo.
Once I've done a film, it's finished. I never look at it again.
I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor.
I prefer full-length camera shots because the body can act better than the face.
I gave my best performances during the war, trying to be an officer and a gentleman.
[replying to a writer whose script he rejected, who sent him a note saying "We tailored it just for you"] But no one came to take measurements.
[in 1985 to The Guardian newspaper, on what he intends to do by the end of his life] A kind of little bow, tied on life. And I can see myself drifting off into eternity, or nothing, or whatever it may be, with all sorts of bits of loose string hanging out of my pocket. Why didn't I say this or do that, or why didn't I reconcile myself with someone? Or make sure that someone whom I like was all right in every way, either financially or, I don't know...
We live in an age of apologies. Apologies, false or true, are expected from the descendants of empire builders, slave owners, persecutors of heretics and from men who, in our eyes, just got it all wrong. So with the age of 85 coming up shortly, I want to make an apology. It appears I must apologize for being male, white and European.
Failure has a thousand explanations. Success doesn't need one.
I shrivel up every time someone mentions Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) to me.
|Merula Salaman||June 20, 1938 - August 05, 2000||(his death) (1 child)|
|Kind Hearts and Coronets||£ 6,000|
|Little Dorrit||£ 180,000|
|Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope||$ 150,000 + 2 1/4% of profits|
|The Lavender Hill Mob||£ 6,000|
|The Ed Sullivan Show||Himself-Guest(1episode,1964)|
|Kind Hearts and Coronets||TheD'AscoyneFamily:TheDuke/TheBanker/TheParson/TheGeneral/TheAdmiral/YoungAscoyne/YoungHenry/LadyAgatha|
|The Lavender Hill Mob||Holland|
|The Square Mile||Narrator(voice)|
|The Stratford Adventure||Himself|
|To Paris with Love||Col.SirEdgarFraser|
|Lawrence of Arabia||PrinceFeisal|
|Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious||WilhelmFrick|
|The Quiller Memorandum||Pol|
|The Comedians in Africa||Himself(uncredited)|
|Haiti - wyspa przekleta||MajorH.O.Jones|
|Conversation at Night||TheExecutioner|
|A Selection from E.E. Cummings||Himself-Reader|
|The Gift of Friendship||JocelynBroome|
|Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope||BenObi-WanKenobi|
|To See Such Fun||Himself(archivefootage)|
|The South Bank Show||Himself(3episodes,1985-2010)|
|Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||GeorgeSmiley(7episodes,1979)|
|Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back||Ben(Obi-Wan)Kenobi|
|Little Lord Fauntleroy||EarlofDorincourt|
|Raise the Titanic||JohnBigalow|
|Late Night with David Letterman||Himself-Guest(1episode,1986)|
|Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi||Ben'Obi-Wan'Kenobi|
|Tales from Hollywood||HeinrichMann|
|A Foreign Field||Amos|
|The Star Wars Holiday Special||Ben(Obi-Wan)Kenobi(archivefootage)(uncredited)|
|The Morecambe & Wise Show||Himself/...(1episode,1980)|
|Lionpower from MGM||MajorH.O.Jones(archivefootage)(uncredited)|
|The 73rd Annual Academy Awards||Himself(MemorialTribute)(archivefootage)|
|The Making of 'Star Wars'||Himself|
|ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Malvolio(1episode,1970)|
|R2-D2: Beneath the Dome||Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)|
|The 61st Annual Academy Awards||WilliamDorrit(archivefootage)|
|'Doctor Zhivago': The Making of a Russian Epic||Himself(archivefootage)|
|Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy||Himself/Obi-WanKenobi(archivefootage)|
|The Golden Gong||(archivefootage)|
|Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters||Col.Nicholson(archivefootage)(uncredited)|
|Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy||Obi-WanKenobi(archivesound)(uncredited)|
|Flushing Out the Mole||GeorgeSmiley|
|Smiley Sets a Trap||GeorgeSmiley|
|Smiley Tracks the Mole||GeorgeSmiley|
|Tarr Tells His Story||GeorgeSmiley|
|Eye on New York||Herself(1episode,1964)|
|Sauce, Satire and Silliness: The Story of British Comedy||Himself(archivefootage)|
|Our All Time Favourite Films||BenObi-WanKenobi(archivefootage)|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Obi-WanKenobi(voice)(archivefootage)(uncredited)|
|The Ancient Astronaut Cover-Up||BenObi-WanKenobi(archivefootage)|
|The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant||Himself|
|Episodio 100: Especial Star Wars||BenObi-WanKenobi(archivefootage)|
|Episodio 100: Especial Star Wars|
|Man and Machines||(archivefootage)|
|Special interview footage with John le Carré and John Irvin||GeorgeSmiley(archivefootage)|
|Episode IV: Crew and Cast Interviews||Himself|
|The Second Annual West End Theatre Awards||Himself-Presenter|
|The Old Vic||Himself|
|The London Standard Film Awards||Himself|
|The 18th Annual Tony Awards||Himself-Winner:BestPerformancebyaLeadingActorinaPlay|
|Special Collector's Edition|
|Farewell to the Vic||Himself|
|Hitler: The Comedy Years||AdolfHitler(archivefootage)(uncredited)|
|Sir Alec Guinness||Himself|
|David Lean: A Life in Film||Himself|
|Episode dated 26 September 1986||Himself-Guest|
|Les livres du mois (Janvier 1986)||Himself|
|Science of Star Wars||(archivefootage)(3episodes,2005)|
|Star Wars: Battlefront||BenObi-Wan(archivefootage)|
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