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Sir Alec received five Oscar nominations
Born in London in 1914, Alec Guinness established himself first as a stage actor and then, almost reluctantly, as one of Britain's most celebrated film stars.
His film career began after World War II playing Herbert Pocket in David Lean's classic Great Expectations (1946).
But it was his work in the Ealing Comedies, from 1949, which established him as a screen star.
In one movie, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) he played eight different roles.
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Man in the White Suit
The Lavender Hill Mob
His best-known film work - much to his annoyance - was as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars (1977) trilogy.
He won a best actor Oscar and Golden Globe for The Bridge on the River Kwai and an Honorary Academy Award (1980) for "advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances".
He died in August 2000.
He received five Academy Awards nominations, winning one for best actor, for Bridge over the River Kwai, and receiving an honorary award.
His other nominations were for best actor for The Lavender Hill Mob, best screenplay for The Horse's Mouth, (screenplay), and best supporting actor for Star Wars and Little Dorrit (1988) (supporting actor).
He was nominated for four Bafta film awards, winning as best actor for Bridge on the River Kwai.