Alec Guinness

imagesSir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE, (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. Guinness was born at 155 Lauderdale Mansions South, Lauderdale Road in Maida Vale, London as Alec Guinness de Cuffe.
Guinness first worked writing copy for advertising before making his debut at the Albery Theatre in 1936 at the age of 22, playing the role of Osric in John Gielgud’s wildly 2857375836_ef20beb209successful production of Hamlet. Guinness served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II, serving first as a seaman in 1941 and being commissioned the following year. He commanded a landing craft taking part in the invasion of Sicily and Elba and later ferried supplies to the Yugoslav partisans. During the war, he appeared in Terence Rattigan’s West End Play for RAF Bomber Command, Flare Path.
Guinness’ role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning in 1977, brought him worldwide recognition by a new generation. Guinness agreed to take the part on the condition that he would not have to do publicity to promote the film. He was also one of the few cast members who believed that the film would be a box office hit and negotiated a deal for 27e5622bdc2c01c2_landingtwo percent of the gross, which made him very wealthy in later life. His role would also result in a Golden Globe Nomination and Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Guinness married the artist, playwright, and actress Merula Salaman (1914–2000) in 1938; in 1940, they had a son, Matthew Guinness, who later became an actor.
Guinness consulted Tarot cards for a time, but came to the conclusion that the symbols of the cards mocked Christianity and Christ. He then burned his cards and shortly afterwards converted to Roman Catholicism.
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