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Sir Alec Guinness (1914–2000)

© The Executors of the Frink Estate and Archive. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A stage actor of distinction, in the late 1940s Alec Guinness extended his range to films and won acclaim with the eight roles he played in 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' of 1949. A string of successes followed, including a number of Ealing Studio films. Notable roles included Fagin in 'Oliver Twist' in 1948, 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' in 195) and 'Dr Zhivago' in 1965. He became an international star when he reluctantly appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first three Star Wars films from 1977 to 1983.

National Portrait Gallery, London







H 35.3 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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commissioned, 1984

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