Sir Alec Guinness, born Alec Guinness de Cuffe (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor, born in Midhurst, Wes Sussex.
Throughout his career he played many different roles, but probably would be forever remembered as Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy (the first film of the series brough him Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor).
Alec Guinness served in the Royal Naval Reserve during the World War II and commanded a landing craft during the invasion of Sicily and Elba. During the war he was granted leave to appear in the stage play Flare Path about RAF Bomber Command.
Guinness won an Academy Award, BAFTA, a Golden Globe (for The Bridge on the River Kwai) and a Tony Award. In 1959, he was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to the arts.
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