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

Laurence Olivier


British actor, director, producer (d. 82) | Henry V (1944), Rebecca (1940), The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

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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Perfect Understanding (1933)
Nicholas Randall
Fire Over England (1937)
The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Everard Logan
Q Planes (1939)
Tony McVane
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Mr Darcy
21 Days (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
‘Maxim’ de Winter
49th Parallel (1941)
Johnnie – the Trapper
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Lord Horatio Nelson
The Demi-Paradise (1943)
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 Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
The Regent
Spartacus (1960)
Marcus Licinius Crassus
The Entertainer (1960)
Archie Rice
Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)
Superintendent Newhouse
Khartoum (1966)
The Mahdi
Battle of Britain (1969)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
David Copperfield (1970)
Mr Creakle
Three Sisters (1970)
Dr Ivan Chebutikin
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
Duke of Wellington
Marathon Man (1976)
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Ezra Lieberman
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Cantor Rabinovitch
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Jigsaw Man (1983)
Adm Sir Gerald Scaith
The Bounty (1984)
Admiral Hood
Wild Geese II (1985)
Rudolf Hess
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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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