British actor, writer (d. 86) | The Man in the White Suit (1951), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Distinguished British stage actor, who in the late 1940s started a spectacular film career first as a master of disguise, then as a young hero and later as any character from Hitler to Obi Wan Kenobi
Alec Guinness received an honorary Oscar in 1979 ‘for advancing the art of screen acting’.
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- Alec Guinness letters and diaries sold to the British Library
10th February, 2013
- Diaries and letters of the British theatre knight, Alec Guinness, have been acquired by the British Library.