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Alec Guinness

Alec GuinnessAKA Alec Guinness de Cuffe

Born: 2-Apr-1914
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 5-Aug-2000
Location of death: Midhurst, West Sussex, England [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - Liver
Remains: Buried, Petersfield Cemetery, Petersfield, Hampshire, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [2]
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars


[1] King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst, West Sussex, England.

[2] See "Sir Alec Guinness was bisexual", BBC News, 16 April 2001, citing three separate biographies coming to that conclusion, including his authorized biography. Also see John Ezard, The Guardian, 16 April 2001, "Sir Alec Guinness had a homosexual side which remained publicly unknown in his lifetime because of the flair for evasion and secrecy which was also his trademark as an actor." Both stories cite a 1946 arrest and conviction for committing a homosexual act in a public restroom.

Wife: Merula Salaman (m. 20-Jun-1938, until his death, d. 17-Oct-2000)
Son: Matthew Guinness (b. 6-Jun-1940)

    Garrick Club
    Oscar for Best Actor 1958 for The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Oscar (honorary) 1980
    Golden Globe 1958 for The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Laurence Olivier Theatre Award 1989 Special Award (West End Theatre)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1551 Vine St.
    Commander of the British Empire 1955
    Knight of the British Empire 1959
    Converted to Catholicism
    Hernia Operation double hernia (Apr-1970)
    Hernia Operation (1982)
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer, Gout, Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Mute Witness (21-Oct-1994)
    A Foreign Field (10-Sep-1993) · Amos
    Tales from Hollywood (19-Oct-1992)
    Kafka (15-Nov-1991)
    Little Dorrit (11-Sep-1988) · William Dorrit
    A Handful of Dust (24-Jun-1988) · Mr. Todd
    A Passage to India (14-Dec-1984) · Godbole
    Return of the Jedi (25-May-1983)
    Lovesick (18-Feb-1983)
    Smiley's People (20-Sep-1982)
    Little Lord Fauntleroy (25-Nov-1980)
    Raise the Titanic (1-Aug-1980)
    The Empire Strikes Back (21-May-1980) · Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Star Wars (25-May-1977) · Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Murder by Death (23-Jun-1976) · Bensonmum
    Hitler: The Last Ten Days (20-Apr-1973)
    Brother Sun, Sister Moon (3-Mar-1972)
    Scrooge (5-Nov-1970) · Jacob Marley's Ghost
    Cromwell (16-Jul-1970) · King Charles I
    The Comedians (31-Oct-1967) · Maj. Jones
    The Quiller Memorandum (15-Dec-1966)
    Hotel Paradiso (14-Oct-1966)
    Doctor Zhivago (22-Dec-1965) · Yevgraf
    Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious (13-Oct-1965)
    The Fall of the Roman Empire (26-Mar-1964)
    Lawrence of Arabia (10-Dec-1962) · Prince Feisal
    HMS Defiant (6-Aug-1962) · Capt. Crawford
    A Majority of One (11-Jan-1962) · Koichi Asano
    Tunes of Glory (20-Dec-1960)
    Our Man in Havana (27-Jan-1960) · Jim Wormold
    The Scapegoat (6-Aug-1959) · John Barratt
    The Horse's Mouth (11-Nov-1958) · Gulley Jimson
    The Bridge on the River Kwai (18-Dec-1957) · Col. Nicholson
    Barnacle Bill (17-Dec-1957)
    The Swan (26-Apr-1956) · Prince Albert
    The Ladykillers (Dec-1955) · Prof. Marcus
    The Prisoner (19-Apr-1955) · The Prisoner
    To Paris with Love (11-Jan-1955)
    The Detective (8-Jun-1954) · Fr. Brown
    Malta Story (23-Jun-1953) · Peter Ross
    The Captain's Paradise (9-Jun-1953)
    The Card (14-Aug-1952) · Edward Henry Machin
    The Man in the White Suit (28-Jan-1952) · Sidney Stratton
    The Lavender Hill Mob (26-Jun-1951) · Holland
    The Mudlark (28-Nov-1950)
    Last Holiday (13-Nov-1950)
    A Run for Your Money (23-Nov-1949)
    Kind Hearts and Coronets (20-Jan-1949) · The Duke
    Oliver Twist (28-Jun-1948) · Fagin
    Great Expectations (26-Dec-1946) · Herbert Pocket

Author of books:
My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor (1996)


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