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Laurence Olivier

Actor | * 05/22/1907 († 82, 07/11/1989) | Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles. His family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier's father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Coward's Private Lives, and he appeared in his first film. In 1935 he played in a celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Gielgud and Ashcroft, and by the end of the decade he was an established star. In the 1940s, together with Richardson and John Burrell, Olivier was the co-director of the Old Vic, building it into a highly respected company. There his most celebrated roles included Shakespeare's Richard III and Sopho... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | History

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Awards & Nominations for Laurence Olivier

BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award Academy Award for Best Actor Albert Medal Academy Honorary Award Golden Globe Award British Academy of Film and Television Arts Feltrinelli Prize Sonning Prize Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 9x Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Director Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

Movies with Laurence Olivier as Actor(85)

as Nicodemus2018 Juliet, Naked
as The Old Soldier1989 War Requiem
as Rudolf Hess1985 Wild Geese II
as Admiral Hood1984 The Bounty
as Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith1984 The Jigsaw Man
as Clifford Mortimer1984 A Voyage Round My Father
as Dr. Anthony Wainwright1984 A Talent for Murder
as King Lear1983 King Lear
as Himself (archive footage)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as Gen. Douglas MacArthur1982 Inchon
as Cantor Rabinovitch1980 The Jazz Singer
as Julius1979 A Little Romance
as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing1979 Dracula
as Sir Joseph1978 Daphne Laureola
as Loren Hardeman1978 The Betsy
as Ezra Lieberman1978 The Boys from Brazil
as Doc Delaney1977 Come Back, Little Sheba
as Dr. Jan Spaander1977 A Bridge Too Far
as Narrator1976 The Gentleman Tramp
as Big Daddy1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
as Harry1976 The Collection
as Professor James Moriarty1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
as Christian Szell1976 Marathon Man
as Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones1975 Love Among the Ruins
as Shylock1973 The Merchant of Venice
as James Tyrone Sr.1973 Long Day's Journey Into Night
as Andrew Wyke1972 Sleuth
as Duke of Wellington1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
as Count Witte1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
as Dr. Ivan Chebutikin1970 Three Sisters
as Mr. Creakle1969 David Copperfield
as Field Marshal Sir John French1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
as Narrator1969 Male of the Species
as Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding1969 Battle of Britain
as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)1968 Romeo and Juliet
as Piotr Ilyich Kamenev1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman
as Mahdi1966 Khartoum
as Othello1965 Othello
as Supt. Newhouse1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
as Graham Weir1962 Term of Trial
as Archie Rice1960 The Entertainer
as Marcus Licinius Crassus1960 Spartacus
as Gen. Burgoyne1959 The Devil's Disciple
as The Regent1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
as Richard III1955 Richard III
as Narrator1953 A Queen Is Crowned
as MacHeath1953 The Beggar's Opera
as George Hurstwood1952 Carrie
as Police Constable 94-B1951 The Magic Box
as Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost1948 Hamlet
as himself1944 The Volunteer
as King Henry1944 Henry V
as Narrator1944 This Happy Breed
as Narrator1942 Malta G.C.
as (voice)1941 Words for Battle
as Johnnie - the Trapper1941 49th Parallel
as Lord Horatio Nelson1941 That Hamilton Woman
as Larry Durrant1940 21 Days
as 'Maxim' de Winter1940 Rebecca
as Mr. Darcy1940 Pride and Prejudice
as Heathcliff1939 Wuthering Heights
as Tony McVane1939 Q Planes
as Everard Logan1938 The Divorce of Lady X
as Michael Ingolby1937 Fire Over England
as Vincent Lunardi1936 The Conquest of the Air
as Orlando1936 As You Like It
as Captain Ivan Ignatoff1935 Moscow Nights
as Nicholas Randall1933 Perfect Understanding
as Nicholas 'Nick' Allen1932 Westward Passage
as Lieutenant Ned Nichols1931 Friends and Lovers
as Straker1931 Potiphar's Wife
as Julian Rolfe1931 The Yellow Ticket
as Peter Bille1930 The Temporary Widow
as The Boy1930 Too Many Crooks

TV Shows/Series with Laurence Olivier as Actor(8)

as himself2013 Talking Pictures
as King William III of Orange1986 Peter the Great
as Harry Burrard1986 Lost Empires
as Alexander Flyte, Lord Marchmain1981 Brideshead Revisited
as Nicodemus1977 Jesus of Nazareth
as Narrator1973 The World at War

Movies with Laurence Olivier as Crew(10)

Directing/Director1976 Hindle Wakes
Production/Producer1976 The Collection
Directing/Director1970 Three Sisters
Directing/Director1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
Production/Producer1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
Directing/Director1955 Richard III
Directing/Director1948 Hamlet
Writing/Screenplay1948 Hamlet
Directing/Director1944 Henry V
Writing/Writer1944 Henry V

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Laurence Olivier
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: 05/22/1907 in Dorking
Died: 07/11/1989 in Ashurst, West Sussex (aged: 82)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Spouses (current/former): Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh, Joan Plowright
Children: Tamsin Olivier
Student of: Elsie Fogerty
Other names for Laurence Olivier (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Лоуренс Оливье"
"Sir Laurence Olivier"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1428, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/09/2019