10 Superb Truths About Alec Guinness

1. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters.

2. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations .

3. Guinness was one of three major British actors, along with Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, who successfully made the transition from Shakespearean theatre in their home country to Hollywood blockbusters immediately after the Second World War.

4. He has also won a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and a Tony Award, as well as an Academy Award.

5. In 1959, he was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

6. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1980, and the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1989.

7. She was born 8 December 1890 to Edward Cuff and Mary Ann Benfield.

8. Also in 1936, Guinness signed on with the Old Vic, where he was cast in a series of classic roles.

9. During his time at the Old Vic, he worked with many actors and actresses who would become his friends and frequent co-stars in the future, including Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Anthony Quayle, and Jack Hawkins.

10. An early influence from afar was Stan Laurel, whom Guinness admired.

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