b/w – photo showing Sir Alec Guinness, in a great pose. Clear, distinctive autograph.
The item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches
A member of a generation of British actors that included Sir Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, Sir Alec Guinness possessed an astonishing versatility that was amply displayed over the course of his 66-year career.
Dubbed ,,the outstanding poet of anonymity" by fellow actor Peter Ustinov, Guinness was a consummate performer, effortlessly portraying characters that ranged from eight members of the same family to an aging Jedi master.
In 1939, Guinness' stage version of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Seven years later, Lean would cast Guinness in the novel's screen adaptation; the 1946 film was the actor's second screen engagement, the first being the 1934 Evensong. Guinness won bona fide international recognition for his work in Robert Hamer's Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).
In 1960, Guinness once again earned acclaim for his portrayal of another officer, in Tunes of Glory. He subsequently became associated with David Lean's great epics of the 1960s, starring as Prince Feisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and as Zhivago's brother in Dr. Zhivago (1965); much later in his career, Guinness would also appear in Lean's A Passage to India (1984) as Professor Godbole, an Indian intellectual.
In 1977 George Lucas practically begged him to appear as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars . The role earned the actor his third Academy Award nomination (his second came courtesy of his screenplay for Ronald Neame's 1958 satire The Horse's Mouth) and introduced him to a new generation of fans. Guinness reprised the role for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); although the role Obi Wan was perhaps the most famous of his career and earned him millions, he reportedly hated the character and encouraged Lucas to kill him off in the trilogy's first instalment so as to limit his involvement in the subsequent films.
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