Laurence Olivier

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  • Birth Name: Laurence Kerr Olivier
  • Birth Place: Dorking, Surrey, England
  • Died: July 11, 1989
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • First appeared on stage at age 9 as Brutus in a school production of Julius Caesar.
  • Was a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II.
  • Knighted in 1947. In 1970, he became the first actor to be elevated to peerage, "Baron Olivier of Brighton," which made him a member of the House of Lords.
  • Beginning in 1964, he was struck with severe stage fright for five years.
  • Published two memoirs: Confessions of an Actor (1984) and On Acting (1986).
  • His ashes are interred in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey.

Awards

  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1970, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor: Winner
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1958, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1958, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1974, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1953, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1956, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Winner
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1946, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Winner
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1948, Venice Film Festival — International Grand Prize for Best Film: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program: Winner
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1949, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1978, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Academy Fellowship: Winner
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Dramatic Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Gerard Kerr Olivier — Father
  • Tarquin Olivier — Son
  • Jill Esmond — Ex-wife
  • Joan Plowright — Wife
  • Richard Olivier — Brother
  • Agnes Louise Crookenden Olivier — Mother
  • Julie-Kate Olivier — Daughter
  • Richard Olivier — Son
  • Tamsin Agnes Margaret Olivier — Daughter
  • Vivien Leigh — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended Central School of Speech and Dramatic Art, London, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Laurence Kerr Olivier
  • Birth Place: Dorking, Surrey, England
  • Died: July 11, 1989
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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