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John Gielgud

1904–2000 | British actor

Distinguished British stage actor and director, for whom cinema was a secondary matter

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On stage from the early 1920s, John Gielgud made his reputation playing Shakespeare at the Old Vic in the 30s, establishing himself as a pre-eminent speaker of verse, particularly in the roles of Romeo and Hamlet and, later, Prospero.

In the 1970s he formed a notable partnership with Ralph Richardson in modern plays by Pinter and David Storey, but his greatness has been captured rarely on film.

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Cassius
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George, Duke of Clarence
Foster – Fogg's Ex-Valet
Lord Raglan
Julius Caesar
Gold (1974)
Farrell
Aces High (1976)
Headmaster
Brigadier Tomlinson
Master of Trinity
Gandhi (1982)
Lord Irwin
Pope Pius XII
Hobson
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