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Laurence Olivier

He was an English actor who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles.

Laurence Olivier

Filmography

1930      

Too Many Crooks

The Temporary Widow

 

1931      

Friends and Lovers

The Yellow Ticket

Potiphar’s Wife

 

1932      

Westward Passage

 

1933      

Perfect Understanding

No Funny Business

 

1935      

Moscow Nights

 

1936      

As You Like It

Conquest of the Air

 

1937      

Fire Over England

 

1938      

The Divorce of Lady X

 

1939      

Q Planes

Wuthering Heights

 

1940      

21 Days

Rebecca

Pride and Prejudice

 

1941      

That Hamilton Woman

49th Parallel

Words for Battle

 

1943      

The Volunteer

Malta G.C.

The Demi-Paradise

 

1944      

This Happy Breed

Henry V

 

1948      

Hamlet

 

1950      

Father’s Little Dividend

 

1951      

The Magic Box

 

1952      

Carrie

 

1953      

The Beggar’s Opera

 

1955      

Richard III

 

1957      

The Prince and the Showgirl

 

1959      

The Devil’s Disciple

 

1960      

The Entertainer

Spartacus

 

1962      

Term of Trial

 

1963      

Uncle Vanya

 

1965      

Bunny Lake Is Missing

 Othello

 

1966      

Khartoum

 

1968      

Romeo and Juliet

The Shoes of the Fisherman

 

1969      

Oh! What a Lovely War

Dance of Death

Battle of Britain

 

1970      

Three Sisters

 

1971      

Nicholas and Alexandra

 

1972      

Lady Caroline Lamb

Sleuth

 

1974      

The Rehearsal

 

1976      

Marathon Man

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

 

1977      

A Bridge Too Far

 

1978      

The Betsy

The Boys from Brazil

 

1979      

A Little Romance

Dracula

 

1980      

The Jazz Singer

 

1981      

Inchon

Clash of the Titans

 

1983      

The Jigsaw Man

 

1984      

The Bounty

 

1985      

Wild Geese II

 

1989      

War Requiem

 

2004      

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (archival footage)

Awards

Laurence Olivier was nominated for eleven competitive Academy Awards. He won one and received two Honorary Awards:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role Wuthering Heights (1939)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role Rebecca (1940)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944)
  • Best Director Hamlet (1948)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role Hamlet (1948) WON
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role Richard III (1955)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role The Entertainer (1960)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role Othello (1965)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role Sleuth (1972)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role Marathon Man (1976)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role The Boys from Brazil (1978)

 

Honorary Academy Awards

The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944)  – “For his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing ‘Henry V’ to the screen.”

1979 – “For the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film.”

 

 

 

We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are – politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings. ~ Laurence Olivier

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was born May 22, 1907 in Dorking, Surrey, England. He was the youngest of the three children of the Rev. Gerard Kerr Olivier (1869–1939) and his wife Agnes Louise, née Crookenden (1871–1920). Their elder children were Sybille (1901–1989) and Gerard Dacres “Dickie” (1904–1958). 

Gerard Olivier had begun a career as