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John Gielgud

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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A Diary for Timothy (1945)
Hamlet
Julius Caesar (1953)
Cassius
Romeo and Juliet (1954)
Chorus
Richard III (1955)
George, Duke of Clarence
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Foster – Fogg's Ex-Valet
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Lord Raglan
Julius Caesar (1970)
Julius Caesar
Lost Horizon (1973)
and Chang
Gold (1974)
Farrell
Aces High (1976)
Headmaster
The Human Factor (1979)
Brigadier Tomlinson
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Master of Trinity
Priest of Love (1981)
Herbert G Muskett
Gandhi (1982)
Lord Irwin
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
Charmolue
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Pope Pius XII
Plenty (1985)
Sir Leonard Darwin
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
Hobson
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