British actor, Laurence Olivier, with a small moustache wears a dark suit and herringbone tie

Laurence Olivier

1907–1989 | British actor, producer, director

Distinguished British stage actor whose film appearances were reasonably frequent

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Received an honorary Academy Award in 1979 ‘for the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film.’

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Everard Logan
Q Planes (1939)
Tony McVane
Heathcliff
Mr Darcy
21 Days (1940)
Larry
Rebecca (1940)
‘Maxim’ de Winter
Johnnie - the Trapper
Lord Horatio Nelson
Ivan Kouznetsoff
Henry V (1944)
King Henry V of England
Hamlet (1948)
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Carrie (1952)
George Hurstwood
Richard III (1955)
Richard III
The Regent
Spartacus (1960)
Marcus Licinius Crassus
Archie Rice
Superintendent Newhouse
Khartoum (1966)
The Mahdi
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
Mr Creakle
Marathon Man (1976)
Szell
Ezra Lieberman
Cantor Rabinovitch
Adm Sir Gerald Scaith
The Bounty (1984)
Admiral Hood
Rudolf Hess
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Born
Died
Jill Esmond
Wife  m. 1930–1940 (divorced)
Distinguished British leading lady, Vivien Leigh
Wife  m. 1940–1961 (divorced)
Distinguished British leading lady, Vivien Leigh
Joan Plowright
Wife  m. 1961–1989 (his death)

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