Person Details

Birthday: 1907-05-22 18:10:49

Death: 1989-07-11 18:10:49

Aliases: Лоуренс Оливье , Sir Laurence Olivier

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Dorking, Surrey, England, UK

Homepage: https://www.laurenceolivier.com/

Movie Involvements: 93

TV Involvements: 13


Most Famous Work

Biography

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles. His family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier's father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Coward's Private Lives, and he appeared in his first film. In 1935 he played in a celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Gielgud and Ashcroft, and by the end of the decade he was an established star. In the 1940s, together with Richardson and John Burrell, Olivier was the co-director of the Old Vic, building it into a highly respected company. There his most celebrated roles included Shakespeare's Richard III and Sophocles's Oedipus. In the 1950s Olivier was an independent actor-manager, but his stage career was in the doldrums until he joined the avant garde English Stage Company in 1957 to play the title role in The Entertainer, a part he later played on film. From 1963 to 1973 he was the founding director of Britain's National Theatre, running a resident company that fostered many future stars. His own parts there included the title role in Othello (1965) and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (1970). Among Olivier's films are Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940), and a trilogy of Shakespeare films as actor-director: Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955). His later films included The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Sleuth (1972), Marathon Man (1976), and The Boys from Brazil (1978). His television appearances included an adaptation of The Moon and Sixpence (1960), Long Day's Journey into Night (1973), Love Among the Ruins (1975), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976), Brideshead Revisited (1981) and King Lear (1983). Olivier's honours included a knighthood (1947), a life peerage (1970) and the Order of Merit (1981). For his on-screen work he received four Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. The National Theatre's largest auditorium is named in his honour, and he is commemorated in the Laurence Olivier Awards, given annually by the Society of London Theatre. He was married three times, to the actresses Jill Esmond from 1930 to 1940, Vivien Leigh from 1940 to 1960, and Joan Plowright from 1961 until his death. Description above from the Wikipedia article Laurence Olivier, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

Spartacus
Average
8

Spartacus

(1960) Marcus Licinius Crassus
Tony Awards
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6

Tony Awards

(1956) Himself - Recipient
Clash of the Titans
Average
7

Clash of the Titans

(1981) Zeus
A Bridge Too Far
Average
7

A Bridge Too Far

(1977) Dr. Jan Spaander
Jesus of Nazareth
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8

Jesus of Nazareth

(1977) Nicodemus
Rebecca
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8

Rebecca

(1940) 'Maxim' de Winter
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
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6
Marathon Man
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7

Marathon Man

(1976) Christian Szell

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2020 self
2018 (archival footage)
2014 N/A
2013 Himself
2010 Himself (archive footage)
2005 Himself (archive footage)
2004 Dr. Totenkopf
2000 Richard III (archive footage)
1999 (archive footage)
1997 Himself (archive footage)
1991 N/A
1990 Self (archive footage)
1989 The Old Soldier
1988 (archive footage)
1986 Harry Burrard
N/A
King William III of Orange
1985 Rudolf Hess
1984 Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
Gaius
Admiral Hood
Clifford Mortimer
N/A
Dr. Anthony Wainwright
1983 Joe Halpern
King Lear
Himself (archive footage)
1982 Gen. Douglas MacArthur
1981 Alexander Flyte, Lord Marchmain
Zeus
Self
1980 Cantor Rabinovitch
1979 Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Julius
1978 Ezra Lieberman
Loren Hardeman
Sir Joseph
Antonio
1977 Doc Delaney
Dr. Jan Spaander
Nicodemus
N/A
1976 Big Daddy
Sir Joseph
Big Daddy
Doc Delaney
Antonio
Professor James Moriarty
Narrator
Christian Szell
N/A
Harry
1975 Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones
1973 Narrator
Shylock
James Tyrone Sr.
1972 Andrew Wyke
Duke of Wellington
1971 Count Witte
Harry
self
1970 Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
1969 Mr. Creakle
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
Field Marshal Sir John French
Narrator
1968 Piotr Ilyich Kamenev
Himself - Guest
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1966 Interviewee
N/A
Mahdi
1965 Othello
Supt. Newhouse
Self/Host
1963 Dr. Astrov
1962 Graham Weir
1961 Priest
1960 Marcus Licinius Crassus
Archie Rice
1959 Gen. Burgoyne
1957 The Regent
1956 Himself - Recipient
1955 Richard III
1953 MacHeath
Narrator
N/A
1952 George Hurstwood
1951 Police Constable 94-B
1948 Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost
1944 King Henry
Narrator (voice)
Himself
1943 N/A
1942 Narrator
1941 Johnnie, the Trapper
Lord Horatio Nelson
Narrator (voice)
1940 Himself
Mr. Darcy
Himself
'Maxim' de Winter
Larry Durrant
1939 Tony McVane
Heathcliff
1938 Everard Logan
1937 Michael Ingolby
1936 Vincent Lunardi
Orlando
1935 Captain Ivan Ignatoff
1933 Nicholas Randall
1932 Nicholas 'Nick' Allen
1931 Julian Rolfe
Lieutenant Ned Nichols
Straker
1930 The Boy
Peter Bille
Self (archive footage)
Pfeuffer
演员
Year Character Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
1977 Creative Producer
1948 Screenplay
1944 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

Directing

Creator

Year Role Movie/Tv
1976 Creator
Year Role Movie/Tv

Production

Year Role Movie/Tv
1976 Producer
1957 Producer
1955 Producer
1944 Producer
Year Role Movie/Tv

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