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  • John Gielgud

    Born on April 14, 1904 in South Kensington, London, England

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Shine (1996)

John Gielgud as "Cecil Parkes"

As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's (Geoffrey Rush) musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter (Armin Mueller-Stahl). When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

Arthur (1981)

John Gielgud as "Hobson"

Wealthy New York City playboy Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is perpetually drunk and completely rudderless. Dutifully supported by his sharp-tongued and quick-witted butler, Hobson (John Gielgud), Arthur reluctantly prepares to enter into an arranged marriage with heiress Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). When he meets Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli), a waitress from Queens, he falls head over heels in love, but if he backs out of his engagement with Susan, he may lose his fortune.

Academy Award (1981) Won Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981) Nominated Supporting Artist
Golden Globe (1981) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Becket (1964)

John Gielgud as "King Louis VII of France"

Debauched King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) installs his longtime court facilitator Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, assuming that his old friend will be a compliant and loyal lackey in the King's ongoing battles with the church. But Becket unexpectedly finds his true calling on the ecclesiastical side, and aligns himself against the king's selfish wishes, causing a rift and an eventual showdown not only between the two men, but also the institutions they represent.

Academy Award (1964) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

Julius Caesar (1953)

John Gielgud as "Cassius"

Brutus (James Mason) is convinced by a scheming band of Roman senators, led by Caius Cassius (John Gielgud), that his dear friend Julius Caesar (Louis Calhern) intends to dissolve the republic and install himself as monarch, and he joins a conspiracy to assassinate him. Brutus stirringly defends his actions, but when Mark Antony (Marlon Brando) responds with a speech that plays upon the crowd's love for their fallen leader, a battle between the two factions is assured.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1953) Won British Actor

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