awards & nominations

Star Wars IV -- A New Hope (1977)

Alec Guinness as "Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi"

The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

Academy Award (1977)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1977)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Tunes of Glory (1960)

Alec Guinness as "Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M."

Following World War II in peacetime Scotland, brigade headquarters replaces commanding officer Major Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness), a boisterous battalion leader, with the strict, temperamental Lieutenant Colonel Basil Barrow (John Mills). Resentful toward his replacement, Sinclair undermines Barrow's authority and damages his successor's reputation among the soldiers. Barrow faces an uphill battle in regaining the discipline and respect of his battalion.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960)NominatedBritish Actor

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Alec Guinness as "Colonel Nicholson"

Adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American officers plot to blow up the structure, but the commander of the bridge's construction has different plans.

Academy Award (1957)WonActor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)WonBritish Actor
Golden Globe (1957)WonBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Prisoner (1955)

Alec Guinness as "The Cardinal"

In the early post-World War II years, a cardinal (Alec Guinness) in an unnamed eastern European country is thrown in jail for treason. While there, he is subject to an intense degree of torture, both physical and psychological, by his captors. These are led by a wily man known only as the Interrogator (Jack Hawkins), who uses every tool at his disposal to get the strong-willed prisoner to issue a statement to his flock renouncing the role of religion in society.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)NominatedBritish Actor

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Alec Guinness as "Henry Holland"

A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold into Eiffel Tower souvenirs.

Academy Award (1952)NominatedActor