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John Gielgud ACTOR


John Gielgud was born on April 14th, 1904 in London, England with the birth name Arthur John Gielgud, born to Frank Gielgud, a stockbroker, and Kate Terry-Lewis Gielgud.  He began his acting training at Lady Benson's Acting School and later at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

He first began working as a stage actor and became very well known for his work in a number of Shakespeare productions.  Then in 1924 he broke into the film industry debuting in, "Who Is the Man?" followed by roles in, "Secret Agent" (1936) co-strring Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Michael Redgrave and Lilli Palmer, "Julius Caesar" (1953) starring alongside Marlon Brando, James Mason, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, George Macready, Rhys Williams, Douglass Dumbrille, Lawrence Dobkin, Michael Ansara and John Lupton and "Richard III" (1955) starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom and Cedric Hardwicke.

Over the course of his career he has earned such honors as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film, "Arthur" (1981) co-starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, as well as an Academy Award nomination in 1964 for his role in the film, "Becket" starring with Richard Burton and Hume Cronyn.  He was also a three time Tony Winner and received PETA's Humanitarian of the Year Award twice, in 1994 and 1999.

During his time as an actor he has added numerous film roles to his resume such as, "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956) starring alongside Charles Boyer, Joe E. Brown, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Ronald Colman, Reginald Denny, Andy Devine, Marlene Dietrich, Cedric Hardwicke, Trevor Howard, Glynis Johns, Buster Keaton, Peter Lorre, Shirley MacLaine, Tim McCoy, Victor McLaglen, Robert Newton, David Niven, Jack Oakie, George Raft, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero, Frank Sinatra and Red Skelton, "Saint Joan" (1957) starring Jean Seberg, Richard Widmark and Richard Todd "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1968) starring with Vanessa Redgrave and Trevor Howard, "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969) starring Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, Ian Holm, Paul Shelley, Malcolm McFee, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Nanette Newman, Edward Fox, Susannah York, John Clements, Phyllis Calvert and Maurice Roeves, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1977) with Bosco Hogan and T. P. McKenna, "The Shooting Party" (1985) with James Mason and Edward Fox, "Plenty" (1985) also starring Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman and Ian McKellen, "Shining Through" (1992) starring with Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson and Joely Richardson, "The Power of One" (1992) also starring Stephen Dorff, Morgan Freeman, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Daniel Craig and "First Knight" (1995) co-starring Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Sean Connery and Ben Cross.

In addition to film work he has also appeared on such television series as, "Tales of the Unexpected", "Wagner", "Summer Lease", "Inspector Morse", "Under the Hammer", "Scarlet", Performance" and numerous television movies such as, "A Man for All Seasons" (1988), "Scarlett" (1994) and "Alleyn Mysteries" (1990).

In addition to his acting career, he was also a published author with three novels, Early Stages (1932), Stage Directions (1963) and Distinguished Company (1972). 

John Gielgud passed away from natural causes at the age of ninety six on May 21st, 2000 in England, United Kingdom and his remains were cremated.

Gielgud is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.


2000         Catastrophe 
1998         Elizabeth
1998         The Tichborne Claimant
1998         Quest for Camelot
1998         Merlin 
1997         A Dance to the Music of Time 
1997         David
1996         Hamlet
1996         The Portrait of a Lady
1996         DragonHeart
1996         Gulliver's Travels 
1996         Shine
1995         Haunted
1995         First Knight
1994         A Summer Day's Drea
1994         Performance 
1994         Scarlett 
1994         Under the Hammer 
1994         Alleyn Mysteries 
1993         Lovejoy 
1993         Inspector Morse 
1992         The Power of One
1992         Shining Through
1992         Swan Song 
1991         Prospero's Books
1991         The Best of Friends 
1991         The Strauss Dynasty
1991         A TV Dante
1990         Barbabl├╣, Barbabl├╣
1990         Strike It Rich
1989         Summer's Lease
1988-1989     War and Remembrance 
1989         Getting It Right
1988         A Man for All Seasons
1988         Arthur 2: On the Rocks
1988         Appointment with Death
1987         The Whistle Blower
1986-1987     Screen Two 
1986         The Theban Plays by Sophocles 
1986         The Canterville Ghost
1985         Leave All Fair
1985         Plenty
1985         Romance on the Orient Express
1985         The Shooting Party
1984         Frankenstein 
1984         Camille 
1984         The Master of Ballantrae
1984         Scandalous
1984         The Far Pavilions 
1983         Wagner 
1983         The Wicked Lady
1983         The Scarlet and the Black
1983         Invitation to the Wedding
1982         Marco Polo 
1982         Gandhi
1967-1982     BBC Play of the Month 
1982         Inside the Third Reich 
1982         The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
1982         A Christmas Carol
1981         Brideshead Revisited 
1981         Priest of Love
1981         Arthur
1981         Lion of the Desert
1981         Chariots of Fire
1981         Seven Dials Mystery 
1981         Sphinx
1980         The Formula
1980         The Elephant Man
1980         Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 
1980         The Conductor
1979-1980     Tales of the Unexpected
1979         The Human Factor
1979         Caligula
1979         Murder by Decree
1978         Les Miserables
1978         Richard II 
1978         Romeo & Juliet
1978         No Man's Land 
1977         A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
1977         Joseph Andrews
1977         Providence
1976         Aces High
1976         Peter Pan
1975         Shades of Greene 
1975         Edward the King
1975         Galileo
1974         Murder on the Orient Express
1974         11 Harrowhouse
1974         The Great Gold Conspiracy
1974         QB VII
1973         Frankenstein: The True Story
1973         Menace
1973         Lost Horizon
1973         ABC Afterschool Specials
1972         Probe 
1972         Eagle in a Cage
1972         Play for Today 
1971         ITV Saturday Night Theatre 
1971         Hassan
1970         Hamlet
1970         Julius Caesar
1969         Oh! What a Lovely War
1968         The Shoes of the Fisherman
1968         Assignment to Kill
1968         The Charge of the Light Brigade
1968         NET Playhouse
1968         From Chekhov with Love 
1968         Sebastian
1966         Alice in Wonderland
1966         The Wednesday Play
1966         ABC Stage 67 
1965         Chimes at Midnight
1965         The Loved One
1965         Treasure Island 
1964         Hamlet
1964         Becket
1963         Play of the Week 
1962         The Cherry Orchard 
1959         The DuPont Show of the Month
1957         Saint Joan
1957         The Barretts of Wimpole Street
1956         Around the World in 80 Days
1955         Richard III
1954         Romeo and Juliet
1953         Julius Caesar
1941         An Airman's Letter to His Mother 
1941         The Prime Minister
1937         Full Fathom Five
1936         Secret Agent
1933         The Good Companions
1932         Insult
1929         The Clue of the New Pin
1924         Who Is the Man?   

Matinee Classics - Murder on the Orient Express starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, Michael York and Colin Blakely
Matinee Classics - Secret Agent starring John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer and Michael Redgrave
Matinee Classics - Secret Agent starring John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer and Michael Redgrave

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