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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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Hamlet
Cassius
Chorus
Richard III (1955)
George, Duke of Clarence
Foster – Fogg's Ex-Valet
Lord Raglan
Julius Caesar
Lost Horizon (1973)
and Chang
Gold (1974)
Farrell
Aces High (1976)
Headmaster
Brigadier Tomlinson
Master of Trinity
Herbert G Muskett
Gandhi (1982)
Lord Irwin
Charmolue
Pope Pius XII
Plenty (1985)
Sir Leonard Darwin
Hobson
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