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Laurence Olivier Biography

Birth Name:
Laurence Kerr Olivier
Birth Place:
Dorking, Surrey, England
Profession
Actor, director, producer

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

  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: winner
  • 1980Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1978National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1978Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1976Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program: winner
  • 1974BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Best Lead Actor in a Drama: nominated
  • 1973Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1972New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1970BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1965Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1963BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 1961BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 1961Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1960Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor: winner
  • 1960BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 1960Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1958BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 1956Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1956BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: winner
  • 1953BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 1949Golden Globe-Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1948Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1948New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1948Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1948Venice Film Festival-International Grand Prize for Best Film: winner
  • 1946Oscar-Special Award: winner
  • 1946National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1946Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1946New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1940Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1939Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated