Alec Guinness was born as de Cuffe on the second day of April in 1914 in London, England. He was brought up by Agnes Cuffe, his mother and worked in advertising while studying Studio and Dramatic Art. He first debuted on stage in 1934 and played classic theater. He was one of the most versatile and brilliant actors of the British Cinema. Here are the most memorable performances by the great man.
Top Ten Movies by Alec Guinness of all time
10. Oliver Twist (1948)
Soon after he co-starred as Herbert Pocket in ‘Dickens Adaptation’ by David Lean’ s’ Great Expectation,’ Alec Guinness became more famous by acting in the unique ‘Oliver Twist.’ At the age of 34, Guinness his under heavy prosthetics and a straggly wig to deliver a barnstorming performance as Fagin. Alec Guinness was so potent, something that led to the movie’s ban in countries like Egypt and Israel.
9. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The dark class war comedy by Robert Hamer remains the movie that branded Alec Guinness on the public arena. Despite the nominal star being Dennis Price’s impoverished heir, Alec stole the show. He managed to split into more than seven different roles as members of the wealthy d’Ascoyne family. His time as the wealthy suffragette who falls to the earth in Berkeley Square has its niche in comic history. At that point, information that Robin Williams planned a remake in the role played by Guinness looked like a cinematic sacrilege.
8. The Man in the White Suit (1951)
Alec Guinness decided to take a restrained and subtle role as an actor in the Alexander Mackendrick’s keen outing. He acts as a lowly dishwasher in a textile mill whose new and brilliant invention of fabric that doesn’t need washing enrages the profiteering bosses. The movie is a faint line in comedy and masks a severe attack on all types of industrial corruption as well as the entire system of capitalists.
7. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
The movie’s cast has Alec Guinness together with Stanley Holloway as two underdog robbers who scheme a perfect crime. Like Oliver Twist, the anarchic expert comedy was banned in several nations including Rhodesia, then governed by Britain. The colonial government felt that the movie was not suitable for African audiences because it encouraged citizens to disrespect law and order.
6. The Ladykiller (1955)
‘The Ladykiller’ is the last great Ealing comedy that finds Guinness behind buck teeth and beneath the lank hair. The sleazy ringleader of many criminals lies flat at the house of Katie Johnson, an innocent old dame. ‘The Ladykiller’ turned out to be a massive release and made the Daily Express allege that Alec Guinness must be the best export to the United States apart from Scotch Whisky. ‘The Ladykiller’ remains a hit until today.
5. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Alec Guinness acted in ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and bagged an Oscar award for the role played in the David Lean’s wartime spectacular that is peerless. The picture went on to be the biggest box-office hit of the year and a highly-namechecked war film of all time. Guinness presents a memorable portrait of a regular British Army official who is serene, didactic and strict who adheres to the rules.
4. Our Man in Havana (1960)
‘Our Man in Havana’ is directed by The Third Man (Carol), based on the story by Greene Graham. The film is a pungent Cold War satire in which Guinness acts as a vacuum cleaner salesman in the pre-Revolutionary Cuba and is also a British spy who likes making mischief. The story uses military blueprints and foreshadows the Cuba missile crisis. The role played by Alec prefigures his acclaimed turn of the 80s as a spy Smiley on the BBC television.
3. Tunes of Glory (1960)
When the film called ‘Tunes of Glory’ was being planned, the original intention was that Alec Guinness plays an upstanding English officer who takes a Highland regiment. John Mills was to play a drunken colonel who was already employed there before Alec Guinness. However, fate would have the two actors electing to swap roles, something that brought a powerful effect. One of the best roles that Guinness ever gave is that of the colonel, something that even Mills admitted.
2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Despite Guinness being forced to act second fiddle to Toole Peter, The Grand camel-opera by David Lean gave the actor an opportunity for chameleon-like acting. He received a nomination to the Oscars as Prince Feisal, the Arab leader. The movie won the ‘Best Picture Oscar’ and was congratulated by many as a ‘tasteful and exciting spectacular.’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is a hit.
1. Star Wars (1977)
Produced in 1977, ‘Star Wars’ is a movie that saw Guinness dismiss the stint of Obi-Wan as the most miserable endeavor he ever had on film. He even alleged that he binned all the fan emails that came because of the same role. However, the space adventure showcased the aging actor for a new generation and made him wealthy by giving part of the profits gained. ‘Star Wars’ remains the favorite and most popular film that Alec Guinness has acted.
Alec Guinness Most Fascinating Movies:
1. The Fall of the Roman Empire
Marcus Aurelius dies and a succession crisis rooms in the entire kingdom. The deceased emperor’s son called Commodus shows no signs of letting anything undermine his claim to lead the Roman empire. Anthony man is the director of the movie written by Ben Barzman and Basilio Franchina. The actors are Stephen Boyd, Sophia Loren, and Alec Guinness.
2. The Scapegoat
Matthew Rhys is an unemployed teacher who meets an exact double in a British club and is sucked in the wrecked life of the man. Charles Sturridge directed the movie.
Having acted for a long time in the most favorite movies, Alec Guinness qualifies to be a legend. We have always loved his films, and we will always do. May he rest in peace.