Don Ignacio pays tribute to:

Laurence Olivier

(March 22, 1907 - July 11, 1989)

Laurence Olivier is one of the most famous and one of the most talented actors of his time. His acting career spanned over sixty years and he starred in many significant films having earned one Academy Award for his performance in Hamlet (1948). Olivier started acting on the stage at a very young age. He made is movie debut by the age of 22 in German film The Temporary Widow (1930). A year later, Olivier moved to the United States from his native Great Britain and starred in several Broadway plays where he graduated himself into the star status. In probably Olivier's first major film, Wuthering Heights (1939), Olivier was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award and in 1940, he starred in the critically acclaimed Pride and Prejudice (1940) and Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) . He was also quite a lover of Shakespeare's works. He directed and starred in Henry V (1944) (his directoral debut), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955), which were loved by most critics. He also starred in Othello (1965), Merchant of Venice (1973) and a television movie King Lear (1984). Olivier competes with both Orson Welles and Kenneth Branagh as the king of Shakespeare in film. Olivier also starred in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960), his own film The Three Sisters (1970), Marathon Man (1976), The Boys From Brazil (1978) and A Little Romance (1979). Olivier's last screen appearance was in the British produced documentary War Requiem (1988).

Films Starring Laurence Olivier on Don Ignacio's Movie Reviews:

Rebecca (1940)

Marathon Man (1976)



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