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Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier
  • Career: Actor Director
  • Top celebrities: 2733
  • BirthDate: 1907, 22 of May , Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
  • Spouse: Joan Plowright (17 March 1961 - 11 July 1989) (his death) 3 children, Vivien Leigh (31 August 1940 - 6 January 1961) (divorced), Jill Esmond (25 July 1930 - 29 January 1940) (divorced) 1 child
  • Zodiac sign: Gemini
  • Facts of life

    Laurence Olivier

    Laurence Olivier was an English actor. He was also known as the producer and director of many movies. He was born on 22nd May 1907 and he would be remembered as one of the greatest actors that the 20th Century had. Olivier was synonymous with varied roles on stage and screen spanning six decades. His performances in the capacity of an actor as well as a director in three Shakespearean films were marvels of the cinema; namely Henry V, Hamlet and Richard III which were released in 1944, 1948 and 1955 respectively. 

    He’s credited with somewhere around sixty films, one hundred and twenty stage performances and retired from the stage in 1974 and dies at the age of 82 years. He had long haul of awards and accolades that included five Emmy Awards out of nine nominations, Golden Globe and BAFTA thrice each. In 1947 he was the youngest actor who was knighted as a Knight Bachelor. 

  • Awards: Won Honorary Award - 1979 for "For the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film."
    Nominated Oscar - 1977 for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role for:Marathon Man (1976)."
    Nominated Oscar - 1973 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:Sleuth (1972)."
    Nominated Oscar - 1966 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:Othello (1965)."
    Nominated Oscar - 1961 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:The Entertainer (1960)."
    Nominated Oscar - 1957 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:Richard III (1955)."
    Won Oscar - 1949 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:Hamlet (1948)."
    Won Honorary Award - 1947 for "for:Heinrich V. (1944). For his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing 'Henry V' to the screen."
    Nominated Oscar - 1941 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:Rebecca (1940)."
    Nominated Oscar - 1940 for "Best Actor in a Leading Role for:Wuthering Heights (1939)."
    Nominated Saturn Award - 1979 for "Best Actor for:The Boys from Brazil (1978)."
    Nominated BAFTA TV Award - 1983 for "Best Actor for:A Voyage Round My Father (1984) (TV)."
    Won Academy Fellowship - 1976 for ""
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award - 1974 for "Best Actor for:Sleuth (1972)."
    Won BAFTA Film Award - 1970 for "Best Supporting Actor for:Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)."
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award - 1963 for "Best British Actor for:Term of Trial (1962)."
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award - 1961 for "Best British Actor for:The Entertainer (1960)."
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award - 1960 for "Best British Actor for:The Devil's Disciple (1959)."
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award - 1958 for "Best British Actor for:The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)."
    Won BAFTA Film Award - 1956 for "Best British Actor for:Richard III (1955)."
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award - 1953 for "Best British Actor for:Carrie (1952). USA."
    Won Award of Excellence - 1985 for ""
    Won Silver Berlin Bear - 1956 for "International Prize for:Richard III (1955)."
    Won Bodil - 1949 for "Best European Film (Bedste europæiske film) for:Hamlet (1948)."
    Won ACE - 1984 for "Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program for:Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (1983) (TV)."
    Won David - 1973 for "Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) for:Sleuth (1972). Tied with Yves Montand for César et Rosalie (1972)."
    Won David - 1957 for "Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) for:Richard III (1955)."
    Nominated Emmy - 1987 for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for:"Lost Empires" (1986). (PBS)."
    Won Emmy - 1984 for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for:King Lear (1983) (TV). (Syndicated)."
    Won Emmy - 1982 for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for:"Brideshead Revisited" (1981). (PBS). For episode XI: "Brideshead Revisited". (Shown within _"Great Performances" (1972)_ )."
    Won Emmy - 1975 for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy for:Love Among the Ruins (1975) (TV). (ABC)."
    Nominated Emmy - 1974 for "Best Lead Actor in a Drama for:The Merchant of Venice (1973) (TV). (ABC)."
    Won Emmy - 1973 for "Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for:"ITV Saturday Night Theatre: Long Day's Journey Into Night (#5.20)" (1973). (ABC)."
    Nominated Emmy - 1970 for "Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for:David Copperfield (1969) (TV). (NBC)."
    Nominated Emmy - 1968 for "Outstanding Dramatic Program for:Uncle Vanya (1963). (NET). Shown within "NET Playhouse" (1966)"
    Won Emmy - 1960 for "Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor (Lead or Support) for:The Moon and Sixpence (1959) (TV). (NBC)."
    Won Gala Tribute - 1983 for ""
    Won Cecil B. DeMille Award - 1983 for ""
    Nominated Golden Globe - 1980 for "Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role for:A Little Romance (1979)."
    Won Golden Globe - 1977 for "Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role for:Marathon Man (1976)."
    Nominated Golden Globe - 1973 for "Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for:Sleuth (1972)."
    Nominated Golden Globe - 1961 for "Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for:Spartacus (1960)."
    Won Golden Globe - 1949 for "Best Motion Picture Actor for:Hamlet (1948)."
    Won Silver Ribbon - 1950 for "Best Director - Foreign Film (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) for:Heinrich V. (1944)."
    Won Jussi - 1957 for "Best Foreign Actor for:Richard III (1955)."
    Won Best Actor - 1960 for "for:The Entertainer (1960). Tied with Erwin Geschonneck for Leute mit Flügeln (1960)."
    Won Kinema Junpo Award - 1949 for "Best Foreign Language Film for:Heinrich V. (1944)."
    Won NBR Award - 1978 for "Best Actor for:The Boys from Brazil (1978). Tied with Jon Voight for Coming Home (1978)."
    Won NBR Award - 1946 for "Best Actor for:Heinrich V. (1944)."
    3rd place NYFCC Award - 1977 for "Best Supporting Actor for:The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and Marathon Man (1976)."
    Won NYFCC Award - 1973 for "Best Actor for:Sleuth (1972)."
    2nd place NYFCC Award - 1960 for "Best Actor for:The Entertainer (1960)."
    3rd place NYFCC Award - 1952 for "Best Actor for:Carrie (1952)."
    Won NYFCC Award - 1948 for "Best Actor for:Hamlet (1948)."
    Won NYFCC Award - 1946 for "Best Actor for:Heinrich V. (1944)."
    Won Razzie Award - 1983 for "Worst Actor for:Inchon (1981)."
    Won Razzie Award - 1981 for "Worst Supporting Actor for:The Jazz Singer (1980). Tied with John Adames in Gloria (1980)."
    Won Italian Film Critics Award - 1950 for "for:Hamlet (1948)."
    Won Golden Lion - 1948 for "for:Hamlet (1948)."
    Won Star on the Walk of Fame - 1960 for "Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6319 Hollywood Blvd."
    Won Star on the Walk of Fame - ???? for "Motion Picture At 6321 Hollywood Blvd."
  • Position in top best awards winner: 114
  • Salary: Wuthering Heights (1939) $20,000
    Rebecca (1940) $50,000
    The Moon and Sixpence (1959) (TV) $100,000
    Khartoum (1966) £250,000
    Sleuth (1972) $200,000
    Lady Caroline Lamb (1973) £20,000 (for 5 days)
    The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) $75,000 (for 2 days)
    A Bridge Too Far (1977) $200,000
    The Betsy (1978) $400,000
    The Boys from Brazil (1978) $725,000
    The Jazz Singer (1980) $1,000,000
    Inchon (1981) $1,000,000
    Clash of the Titans (1981) $300,000
    The Bounty (1984) $100,000
    Wild Geese II (1985) $300,000
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Also born in May 1903-1911