Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier

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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
    Birthday
    5/22/1907
Rebecca
Rebecca
7.9
Sleuth
Sleuth
7.7
A Little Romance
A Little Romance
6.9
Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War
6.6
Henry V
Henry V
6.6
Richard III
Richard III
7.2
Carrie
Carrie
6.5
As You Like It
As You Like It
5.5
King Lear
King Lear
6.2
A Voyage Round My Father
A Voyage Round My Father
7.6
The Entertainer
The Entertainer
6.1
Term of Trial
Term of Trial
5.6
The Betsy
The Betsy
4.5
Inchon
Inchon
3.9
Words for Battle
Words for Battle
6.2
The Power and the Glory
The Power and the Glory
0
The Gentleman Tramp
The Gentleman Tramp
6.6
The Demi-Paradise
The Demi-Paradise
6.5
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
7
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night
7
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
4.8
The Beggar's Opera
The Beggar's Opera
6.2
Malta G.C.
Malta G.C.
0
The Ebony Tower
The Ebony Tower
0
Hamlet
Hamlet
7.5
A Queen Is Crowned
A Queen Is Crowned
7.1
Too Many Crooks
Too Many Crooks
0
Great Acting: Laurence Olivier
0
Olivier Talks About Othello
0
Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson
6
The Moon and Sixpence
The Moon and Sixpence
0
The Dance of Death
The Dance of Death
5.5
The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci
0
Larry & Vivien: The Oliviers in Love
Larry & Vivien: The Oliviers in Love
0
To Be Hamlet
To Be Hamlet
0
Spartacus
Spartacus
7.5
Bunny Lake Is Missing
Bunny Lake Is Missing
7.2
Marathon Man
Marathon Man
7.2
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
7.2
49th Parallel
49th Parallel
6.9
The Prince and the Showgirl
The Prince and the Showgirl
6.4
The Jigsaw Man
The Jigsaw Man
4.7
Dracula
Dracula
6.3
Khartoum
Khartoum
6.2
The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
5.8
That Hamilton Woman
That Hamilton Woman
7.1
Q Planes
Q Planes
5.8
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
6.9
The Divorce of Lady X
The Divorce of Lady X
6.2
Othello
Othello
6.5
The Boys from Brazil
The Boys from Brazil
6.7
21 Days
21 Days
6.1
The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Shoes of the Fisherman
6.7
Love Among the Ruins
Love Among the Ruins
6.9
The Conquest of the Air
The Conquest of the Air
4.2
Westward Passage
Westward Passage
5.8
Perfect Understanding
Perfect Understanding
6.1
A Talent for Murder
A Talent for Murder
5.6
Daphne Laureola
Daphne Laureola
6
The Temporary Widow
0
Potiphar's Wife
Potiphar's Wife
0
Vivien Leigh, autant en emporte le vent
Vivien Leigh, autant en emporte le vent
7.5
No Funny Business
No Funny Business
0
The Bounty
The Bounty
6.7
War Requiem
War Requiem
6.6
The Devil's Disciple
The Devil's Disciple
6.5
The Yellow Ticket
The Yellow Ticket
5.4
Moscow Nights
Moscow Nights
5.2
Friends and Lovers
Friends and Lovers
5
At the Haunted End of the Day
At the Haunted End of the Day
0
Fire Over England
Fire Over England
6
Wild Geese II
Wild Geese II
4.9
The Collection
The Collection
8
Come Back, Little Sheba
Come Back, Little Sheba
0
The Volunteer
The Volunteer
4.7
Uncle Vanya
0
Mad About the Boy: The Noël Coward Story
Mad About the Boy: The Noël Coward Story
6
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
6.2
Three Sisters
Three Sisters
3.7
The Magic of Hollywood... Is the Magic of People
The Magic of Hollywood... Is the Magic of People
0
The Rehearsal
The Rehearsal
4.8
Battle of Britain
Battle of Britain
6.8
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
0
The South Bank Show: Noël Coward
0
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
5.9
David Copperfield
David Copperfield
5.4
Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans
6.9
Lady Caroline Lamb
Lady Caroline Lamb
5.8
Jornal Português (1938-1951)
Jornal Português (1938-1951)
0
Directed by William Wyler
Directed by William Wyler
0
A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far
7.2
Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood
7.6
Nothing Like a Dame
Nothing Like a Dame
6.8
Discovering Hamlet
Discovering Hamlet
7
Hannibal Hopkins et Sir Anthony
Hannibal Hopkins et Sir Anthony
5.4
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
10
This Happy Breed
This Happy Breed
7.1
Male of the Species
Male of the Species
5.5
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories
0
Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
6.9
The Filth and the Fury
The Filth and the Fury
7.1
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
6
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
7.4
The Kid Stays in the Picture
The Kid Stays in the Picture
6.6
Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Hollywood: Style Center of the World
5.5
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
8
Revisiting Brideshead
Revisiting Brideshead
0
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend
7.6
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
6.9
The Magic Box
The Magic Box
6.3
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
7.7
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
6.5
Hollywood: The Selznick Years
Hollywood: The Selznick Years
3.3
Terror in the Aisles
Terror in the Aisles
6.1
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
6.5
Night of 100 Stars II
Night of 100 Stars II
8
And the Oscar Goes to...
And the Oscar Goes to...
7.1
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