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Alec Guinness
Biographical information

April 2, 1914


August 5, 2000



Star Wars work
"When I was casting the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Star Wars, I was looking for an actor who brought a certain authority to the role. Someone who was powerful yet gentle and that came across in Alec as a person and as an actor."
George Lucas on Alec Guinness

Sir Alec Guinness (April 2, 1914August 5, 2000) played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy.

A common misconception is that he hated Obi-Wan. In truth, he loved the character, but later disliked being identified solely with his role as Kenobi. There were rumors that Sir Alec hated the part, and that it was he who came up with the idea to kill Kenobi off. However, it is believed that he did not voice this opinion during shooting, as the other actors looked up to him as a role model during the filming of the original trilogy.

He was born in England of Agnes Cuffe and an unknown father. His mother married a mentally ill soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. In 1938, he married actress Merula Salaman and had a son, Matthew Guinness, in 1940.

During World War II, he served the British Navy and became a commissioned officer in 1942. During his service, he thought of becoming an Anglican Priest but returned to acting after performing in Flare Path by Terence Rattigan during the war. He returned to England in 1946.

Besides his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness won acclaim for many roles on live theater, television, and film, including his Academy Award-winning role as Lt. Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. He was honored with a knighthood in 1959, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1980.

In 1973, he had a role as Adolf Hitler in Hitler: The Last Ten Days, which also starred Star Wars actors Julian Glover and Kenneth Colley, and he had a prominent role in Lawrence of Arabia as Prince Feisal. Other memorable films in which he performed include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and Doctor Zhivago.

He died on August 5, 2000, of liver cancer at the age of 86 and was buried in Petersfield, Hampshire, England.

In March of 2007, the Jedi robe Guinness wore sold at an auction for $104,000.


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