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John Gielgud
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    (April 14, 1904-May 21, 2000)
    Knighted (1953)
    Won the 1981 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur)
    Nominated for 1964 Best Supporting Actor Oscar (Becket)
    Won 1961 Tony for Best Director (Big Fish/Little Fish)
    Acted in 'Julius Caesar,' 'Around the World in 80 Days,' 'The Elephant Man,' 'Gandhi,' 'Chariots of Fire' and 'Elizabeth'
    He was arrested and fined for solicitation of gay sex in 1953, a few months after his knighthood.
    The arrest prompted Dame Edith Evans to say: 'When I consented to becoming a dame, I gave up the privilege of going out on the streets if I felt like it.'
    He was known for being tactless.
    He was perhaps the greatest Shakespearean actor of the 20th century.
    He played the role of Hamlet over 500 times in six different productions.
    Alec Guinness (then a complete stranger) telephoned Gielgud in 1934 for advice on how to become an actor, and Gielgud cast him as Osric in his London production of 'Hamlet.'
    He turned his back on films for the first 20 years of his career for the Shakespearean stage, turning down the invitation to played Romeo in MGM's lavish 1936 film version of 'Romeo and Juliet.'
    He performed a one-man show based on Shakespeare's work, 'The Ages of Man,' which won a Tony Award and an Emmy when he performed it on television.

Credit: Jon Mullich

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