Sir Alec Guinness


Sir Alec Guinness


He was seldom recognized in public. In one of the stories he told about himself, Guinness checked his hat and coat at a restaurant and asked for a claim ticket. “It will not be necessary,” the attendant said. Guinness later retrieved his garments, put his hand in the coat pocket and found a slip of paper on which was written, “Bald with glasses.”


Essentially, Im a small-part actor whos been lucky enough to play leading roles for most of his life.

~Sir Alec Guinness
Biographical Note: 

Sir Alec Guinness was a British actor. Having made his name as a stage actor in the 1930s, he embarked on a successful film careeer after World War II. His films include Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), in which he played eight different roles; The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won an Academy Award; and Tunes of Glory (1960). He also played the leading role of Smiley in the award-winning television adaptations of John Le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People. Despite his body of accomplished work, Guinness will be best remembered for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, a film the actor himself hated, describing it as “bloody awful, banal lines.”