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Laurence Olivier (Laurence Kerr Olivier)

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Biography

Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin.

One of Olivier's earliest successes as a Shakespearean actor on the London stage came in 1935 when he played "Romeo" and "Mercutio" in alternate performances of "Romeo and Juliet" with John Gielgud. Read more...

Actor

Character: Nicholas 'Nick' Allen

Westward Passage 1932

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Character: Michael Ingolby

Fire Over England 1937

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Character: Everard Logan

The Divorce of Lady X 1938

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Character: Tony McVane

Q Planes 1939

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Character: 'Maxim' de Winter

Rebecca 1940

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Character: Larry Durrant

21 Days 1940

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Character: Johnnie - the Trapper

49th Parallel 1941

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Character: Ivan Kouznetsoff

The Demi-Paradise 1943

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Character: King Henry V of England

Henry V 1944

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Character: Police Constable 94-B

The Magic Box 1951

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Character: Captain MacHeath

The Beggar's Opera 1953

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Character: Gen. Burgoyne

The Devil's Disciple 1959

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Character: Himself - Co-Host

The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959

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Character: Graham Weir

Term of Trial 1962

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Character: Superintendent Newhouse

Bunny Lake Is Missing 1965

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Character: Field-Marshal Sir John French

Oh! What a Lovely War 1969

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Character: Himself - Accepting Honorary Award for National Theatre Company for Great Britain

The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969

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Character: Dr. Ivan Chebutikin

Three Sisters 1970

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Character: Andrew Wyke

Sleuth 1972

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Character: Doctor Spaander

A Bridge Too Far 1977

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Character: Cantor Rabinovitch

The Jazz Singer 1980

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Character: Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith

The Jigsaw Man 1984

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Character: Admiral Hood

The Bounty 1984

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Character: Ezra Lieberman

The Boys from Brazil 1978

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Character: Himself

ABC Stage 67 1966

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Character: Julius Edmond Santorin

A Little Romance 1979

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Character: Count Witte

Nicholas and Alexandra 1971

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Character: Szell

Marathon Man 1976

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Character: King William III of Orange

Peter the Great 1986

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Character: Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost

Hamlet 1948

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Character: Lord Horatio Nelson

That Hamilton Woman 1941

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Character: Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones

Love Among the Ruins 1975

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Character: Prof. Abraham Van Helsing

Dracula 1979

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Character: Premier Piotr Ilyich Kamenev

The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968

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Character: Himself - Narrator

The World at War 1973

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Character: Clifford Mortimer

A Voyage Round My Father 1984

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Character: Harry Burrard

Lost Empires 1986

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Character: Himself

Night of 100 Stars II 1985

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Character: Himself

Arena 1975

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Character: Himself

Brando 2007

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Character: Julian Rolfe

The Yellow Ticket 1931

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Character: George Hurstwood

Carrie 1952

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Character: Joe Halpern

Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson 1983

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Character: The Mahdi

Khartoum 1966

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Character: Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985

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Character: Himself - Honorary Award Recipient & Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979

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Character: Henry Breasley

The Ebony Tower 1984

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Character: Himself

Classified X 1998

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Directing

Character: King Henry V of England

Henry V 1944

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Character: Dr. Ivan Chebutikin

Three Sisters 1970

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Character: Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost

Hamlet 1948

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Writing

Character: King Henry V of England

Henry V 1944

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Character: Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost

Hamlet 1948

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