Laurence Olivier

Laurence OlivierBorn: 22 May 1907
Died: 11 July 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning actor Laurence Olivier was born on this day in 1907.

Olivier’s career began on the stage but in 1930, with his impending marriage, he took small roles in the film The Temporary Widow in order to earn extra income. Although he didn’t particularly like the medium of film, his agent at the time convinced him that it was financially more rewarding than theatre. As it turned out he had a hugely successful career in film.

Olivier received a total of eight Best Actor Academy Award nominations during his career for the films Wuthering Heights (1939), Henry V (1944), for which he also received the Best Picture nomination as producer, Richard III (1955), The Entertainer (1960), Othello (1965), Sleuth (1972), The Boys from Brazil (1978) and Hamlet (1948) for which he won the Best Actor and Best Picture awards and was nominated for Best Director. He also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Marathon Man (1976).

In 1947 he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen” and in 1979 a second one “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.

Olivier is also known for his roles in the films Rebecca (1940), Spartacus (1960), Battle of Britain (1969), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Clash of the Titans (1981).

Read more at The Internet Movie Database

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