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John Gielgud is a Actor and Director British born on 14 april 1904 at Kensington (United-kingdom)

John Gielgud

John Gielgud
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Birth name John Arthur Gielgud
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 14 april 1904 at Kensington (United-kingdom)
Death 21 may 2000 (at 96 years)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Laurence Olivier Award

Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (/ˈɡiːlɡʊd/; 14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000) was an English actor, director, and producer. A descendant of the renowned Terry acting family, he achieved early international acclaim for his youthful, emotionally expressive Hamlet, which broke box office records on Broadway in 1937. He was known for his beautiful speaking of verse and particularly for his warm and expressive voice, which his colleague Sir Alec Guinness likened to "a silver trumpet muffled in silk". Referring to the mellifluousness of his speech, John Steinbeck described Gielgud as "a great musician" while Laurence Olivier, his rival as the greatest Shakespearean actor of their generation, said he possessed a voice that "wooed the world."

Gielgud is one of the few performers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.

Best films

Arthur (1981)
Elizabeth (1998)
Gandhi (1982)
Shine (1996)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Caligula (1979)

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Filmography of John Gielgud (94 films)

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The Tichborne Claimant, 1h38
Directed by David Yates
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Pugh, Stephen Fry, John Kani, Robert Hardy, John Gielgud, Charles Gray
Roles Cockburn
Rating60% 3.003243.003243.003243.003243.00324
Based on a true story, the film is set in the late 19th century. Lord Tichborne, the ninth richest nobleman in England, disappears after a South American shipwreck. Some years later his erudite Afro-English valet, Bogle, is sent to investigate rumors that Tichborne survived and settled in Australia. An alcoholic ruffian answers Bogle's inquiries claiming to be the lost heir. Bogle suspects fraud, but conspires with the claimant to split the inheritance should the latter successfully pass himself off to friends, family and the courts. As the claimant returns to England to continue his charade, enough people confirm his identity to make both the claimant and Bogle believe that he just might be the rightful heir after all.
Elizabeth (1998)
, 2h4
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Feminist films, Politique, Films about religion, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Clive Owen
Roles The Pope
Rating73% 3.69853.69853.69853.69853.6985
In 1558, the Roman Catholic Queen Mary (Kathy Burke) dies of a cancerous tumour in her uterus, leaving her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) as queen. Elizabeth had previously been jailed for a supposed conspiracy to murder Mary but has now been freed for her coronation. The film shows Elizabeth being courted by suitors, including Henry, Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel), the future King Henry III of France and Poland, whom she rejects, and urged by William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (Richard Attenborough) to marry, which, as he states, would secure her throne. Instead, she has a secret affair with her childhood sweetheart, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Joseph Fiennes). The affair is, however, no secret from Cecil, who makes it clear that a monarch has no private life. Elizabeth deals with various threats to her reign, including Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston); her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who conspires to have her murdered; Mary's mother, Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardant), who brings French troops into Scotland to attack Elizabeth's forces when they invade.
Quest for Camelot, 1h26
Directed by Frederik Du Chau, Frederik Du Chau
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about dragons, Musical films, Films about disabilities, La cécité, Children's films
Actors Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Jane Seymour
Roles Merlin (voice)
Rating62% 3.112343.112343.112343.112343.11234
Kayley dreams of becoming a knight like her father Lionel, who journeys to Camelot to meet with King Arthur as a knight of the Round Table. While there, one of the greedier knights, Baron Ruber attempts to usurp Arthur and in the fray, Lionel is killed while Ruber escapes. Ten years later, a griffin attacks the kingdom, stealing Excalibur. Merlin's falcon, Ayden forces the griffin to release Excalibur and it falls into the dark forest. Word is soon sent of the missing sword, falling on the ears of Kayley. Still aspiring to become a knight, she vows to find Excalibur, but her mother Juliana forbids it. Ruber pays them a visit and forces Juliana to agree to give him and his men safe passage into Camelot as part of a plan to take control. Kayley escapes and enters the forest, losing Ruber's men and encountering Garrett; a blind hermit who is assisted by Ayden. He decides to go after the sword, but Kayley insists on following him to his chagrin, as he works better on his own.
Merlin (1998)
, 1h29
Directed by David Winning
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Jason Connery, Sam Neill, Deborah Moore, Miranda Richardson, Helena Bonham Carter, Graham McTavish
Rating61% 3.0943953.0943953.0943953.0943953.094395
Grande-Bretagne, VIe siècle, Merlin, le plus grand magicien de l'histoire, aide un homme à devenir roi. Merlin deviendra le conseiller du grand roi Arthur, celui-là même qui mettra fin à des décennies d'anarchie.
Shine (1996)
, 1h45
Directed by Scott Hicks
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about children, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Piano, Films about psychiatry, Enfant musicien
Actors Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave, Nicholas Bell
Roles Cecil Parkes
Rating75% 3.7986053.7986053.7986053.7986053.798605
A man (Geoffrey Rush) wanders through a heavy rainstorm finding his way into a restaurant. The restaurant's employees try to determine if he needs help. Despite his manic mode of speech being difficult to understand, Sylvia learns that his name is David Helfgott and that he is staying at a local hotel. She returns him to the hotel and despite his attempts to engage her with his musical knowledge and ownership of various musical scores, she leaves.
Looking for Richard, 1h52
Directed by Al Pacino
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Documentary
Themes Films about writers, Films about television, Théâtre, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Aidan Quinn, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Conway
Roles Self - Interviewee
Rating72% 3.64473.64473.64473.64473.6447
Al Pacino vise à présenter la vision populaire de l'œuvre de l'écrivain William Shakespeare, à travers des séquences filmées de la pièce de théâtre Richard III, jouées par une troupe d'acteurs (Al Pacino interprétant dans ces scènes le rôle de Richard III), et des interviews d'acteurs, de spécialistes du théâtre, ou d'inconnus interrogés dans les rues new-yorkaises. Il y a juxtaposition des scènes de répétitions de la pièce de Shakespeare Richard III et des parties où il est question de la mise en scène.
The Portrait of a Lady, 2h22
Directed by Jane Campion
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Political films
Actors Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Valentina Cervi
Roles Mr. Touchett
Rating61% 3.098183.098183.098183.098183.09818
The film tells the story of Isabel Archer (Kidman), an innocent young woman of independent means who is manipulated by her "friend" Madame Merle (Hershey) and the devious Gilbert Osmond (Malkovich).
DragonHeart, 1h43
Directed by Rob Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons, Buddy films
Actors Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, Jason Isaacs
Roles King Arthur (voice) (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.2008853.2008853.2008853.2008853.200885
An English knight, Bowen (Dennis Quaid), mentors a Saxon prince, Einon (Lee Oakes), in the Old Code, the ideals of chivalry in the hope that he will become a better king than his tyrannical father. When the king is killed while suppressing a peasant rebellion, Einon rushes to claim his crown and is accidentally mortally wounded by the peasant girl Kara (Sandra Kovacicova). Einon's mother, Queen Aislinn (Julie Christie), has him taken before a dragon whom she implores to save his life. The dragon replaces Einon's damaged heart with half of its own on the promise that Einon will rule with justice and virtue. However, Einon soon becomes more tyrannical than his father was, enslaving the former rebels and forcing them to rebuild a Roman castle. Bowen believes that the dragon's heart has twisted Einon, and swears vengeance on all dragons.
Haunted (1995)
, 1h48
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews, John Gielgud, Anna Massey, Geraldine Somerville
Roles Doctor Doyle
Rating61% 3.0986753.0986753.0986753.0986753.098675
David Ash (Aidan Quinn), an American professor, has entered into the field of parapsychology and has spent a majority of his life disproving the existence of ghosts. He was motivated by the untimely death of his twin sister, Juliet, for which he blames himself. In 1928, he receives an invitation from the Mariell family to investigate the alleged hauntings at their home, Edbrook House. At the train station, he is met and is immediately smitten by the beautiful Christina Mariell (Kate Beckinsale), who informs him that she and her brothers actually hired him to try to calm the fears of their ageing nanny. Christina believes that due to her declining mental health since their mother's death, Nanny Tess (Anna Massey) has convinced herself that Mrs. Mariell's ghost returns every evening to haunt Edbrook House.
First Knight, 2h14
Directed by Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians
Actors Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross, Liam Cunningham, John Gielgud
Roles Oswald
Rating60% 3.0007253.0007253.0007253.0007253.000725
The film's opening text establishes that King Arthur (Sean Connery) of Camelot, victorious from his wars, has dedicated his reign to promoting justice and peace and now wishes to marry. However, Malagant (Ben Cross), a Knight of the Round Table, desires the throne for himself and rebels.
Scarlett (miniseries), 6h
Directed by John Erman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Joanne Whalley, Timothy Dalton, Stephen Collins, George Grizzard, Sean Bean, Esther Elizabeth Rolle
Roles Pierre Robillard (Scarlett's maternal grandfather)
Rating63% 3.19943.19943.19943.19943.1994
The series begins with Scarlett attending the funeral of Melanie Wilkes, her ex-sister-in-law and rival for Ashley Wilkes' affection, at which her estranged husband, Rhett Butler, is not present. She, heartbroken that he left her, sets out for Tara and is saddened when she learns that Mammy, her mainstay since birth, is dying. When she arrives there, she sends a telegram to notify Rhett about Mammy under the name of Will Benteen (her sister, Suellen's, husband), because she knows that he won't come if he suspects she is there. Before Mammy passes away, she makes him swear to look after "her lamb", Miss Scarlett. He agrees, although he has no intention of honoring the request. After she dies, he and Scarlett have another snipe-filled encounter, which culminates in him leaving and her returning to the Atlanta house, determined to win him back.
Shining Through, 2h12
Directed by David Seltzer
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Spy, Historical, Romance
Themes Spy films, Political films, Children's films
Actors Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson, John Gielgud, Sheila Mathews Allen
Roles Sunflower
Rating64% 3.200533.200533.200533.200533.20053
In 1940, Linda Voss (Melanie Griffith), a young woman of Irish/German Jewish parentage, applies for a new job as a secretary with a New York law firm, but rejected as she didn't graduate from a prestigious women's college.
Swan Song
Swan Song (1992)
, 23minutes
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors John Gielgud, Richard Briers
Roles Svetlovidov
Rating74% 3.702413.702413.702413.702413.70241
Un vieil acteur se retrouve seul avec un accessoiriste dans un théâtre vide. Il se remémore sa carrière.
The Power of One, 2h7
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism, Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Political films
Actors Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Craig, Simon Fenton
Roles St. John
Rating71% 3.550933.550933.550933.550933.55093
Born in 1930 to a recently widowed Englishwoman on a homestead in rural Natal, little Peter Philip is schooled in the ways of England by his mother and the ways of Africa by a Zulu nanny (Nomadlozi Kubheka), whose son Tonderai is also his best friend. Their easy life is forever shattered, however, when the farm's cattle are claimed by rinderpest. PK's mother succumbs to a nervous breakdown, and he is sent away to a conservative Afrikaans boarding school while she recovers.