Alec Guinness

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Alec Guinness

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Guinness in 1973 by Allan Warren
Born
Alec Guinness de Cuffe

(1914-04-02)2 April 1914
Died5 August 2000(2000-08-05) (aged 86)
King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst, West Sussex, England
Burial placePetersfield Cemetery, Hampshire
OccupationActor
Works
On stage and screen
Spouse(s)
Merula Salaman (m. 1938)
ChildrenMatthew Guinness
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1941–1943
RankLieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II

Sir Alec Guinness CH, CBE (2 April 1914 - 5 August 2000) was an Academy Award winning English actor. He was born in London. He is well known for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a "Jedi master", in the Star Wars movie series (Episodes IV, V, and VI), a role that he was embarrassed with. He won an Academy Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role". He got this award for acting in the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Guinness also received a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for that movie. He has also received a Tony Award. In 1989 he received a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a lifetime achievement award. Guinness died from liver cancer in Midhurst, West Sussex, in 2000.

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