Alec Guinness

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Sir Alec Guinness

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Alec Guinness in 1973
Alec Guinness de Cuffe

(1914-04-02)2 April 1914
Died5 August 2000(2000-08-05) (aged 86)
Cause of deathLiver cancer
Years active1934-1996
Spouse(s)Merula Salaman
(m. 1938-2000, his death)
ChildrenMatthew Guinness
AwardsAcademy Awards
Best Actor 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Academy Honorary Award
1980 Life Achievement Award
Bafta Awards
Best Actor in a Leading Role 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best TV Actor 1980 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; 1983 Smiley's People
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actor Motion Picture Drama 1958 The Bridge on the River Kwai

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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