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John Gielgud (1904–2000)


Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other contemporaries of the National Theatre at the "Old ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Gandhi
Gandhi Lord Irwin
(1982)
The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man Carr Gomm
(1980)
Elizabeth
Elizabeth The Pope
(1998)

Filmography

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 2000 Catastrophe (Short)
The Protagonist
 1998 Elizabeth
The Pope
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Cockburn
 1998 Quest for Camelot
Merlin (voice, as Sir John Gielgud)
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series)
King Constant
- Part 2 (1998) ... King Constant
- Part 1 (1998) ... King Constant
 1997 A Dance to the Music of Time (TV Mini-Series)
St. John Clarke
- The Twenties (1997) ... St. John Clarke
 1997 David (TV Movie)
God (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Hamlet
Priam
 1996 The Portrait of a Lady
Mr. Touchett
 1996 DragonHeart
King Arthur (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
Professor of Sunlight
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Professor of Sunlight (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1996 Shine
Cecil Parkes
 1995 Haunted
Doctor Doyle
 1995 First Knight
Oswald
 1995 Stick with Me, Kid (TV Series)
Grandpa
- Charity Chase (1995) ... Grandpa
- Cello, Goodbye (1995) ... Grandpa
- Episode #1.14 (1995) ... Grandpa
- Damsel in This Dress (1995) ... Grandpa
- Don't Toy with Me (1995) ... Grandpa
 1994 Performance (TV Series)
Stephen Dawlish
- Summer Day's Dream (1994) ... Stephen Dawlish
 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini-Series)
Pierre Robillard
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Pierre Robillard
 1994 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series)
Percival Pyke Period
- Hand in Glove (1994) ... Percival Pyke Period
 1994 Under the Hammer (TV Series)
Hugo Lunt
- The Fatal Attribution (1994) ... Hugo Lunt
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Lord Wakering
- The Lost Colony (1993) ... Lord Wakering
 1993 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Lord Hinksey
- Twilight of the Gods (1993) ... Lord Hinksey
 1992 The Power of One
St. John
 1992 Shining Through
Sunflower
 1992 Swan Song (Short)
Svetlovidov
 1991 The Best of Friends (TV Movie)
Sydney Cockerell
 1991 Prospero's Books
Prospero
 1991 A TV Dante (TV Mini-Series)
Virgil
- Canto 14 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 13 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 12 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 11 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
- Canto 10 (1991) ... Virgil (voice)
 1991 Strauss Dynasty (TV Mini-Series)
Drechsler
- Adele (1991) ... Drechsler
- Hetti (1991) ... Drechsler
- Lili (1991) ... Drechsler
- Josef (1991) ... Drechsler
- Revolution of 1848 (1991) ... Drechsler
 1990 Strike It Rich
Herbert Dreuther
 1989 Summer's Lease (TV Mini-Series)
Haverford Downs
- The Urbino Trail (1989) ... Haverford Downs
- A Battlefield (1989) ... Haverford Downs
- Where the Water Goes (1989) ... Haverford Downs
- Villa to Let (1989) ... Haverford Downs
 1988-1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Aaron Jastrow
- Part 11 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 10 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 9 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 8 (1989) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Part 7 (1988) ... Aaron Jastrow
 1989 Getting It Right
Sir Gordon Munday
 1988 A Man for All Seasons (TV Movie)
Cardinal Wolsey (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Hobson
 1988 Appointment with Death
Colonel Carbury
 1987 Barbablù, Barbablù
Barbablù
 1986-1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Eddie / Jasper Swift
- Quartermaine's Terms (1987) ... Eddie
- Time After Time (1986) ... Jasper Swift
 1986 The Whistle Blower
Sir Adrian Chapple
 1986 The Theban Plays by Sophocles (TV Series)
Teiresias
- Theban Plays: Antigone (1986) ... Teiresias
- Theban Plays: Oedipus the King (1986) ... Teiresias
 1986 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Sir Simon de Canterville
 1985 Leave All Fair
John Middleton Murry
 1985 Plenty
Sir Leonard Darwin
 1985 Romance on the Orient Express (TV Movie)
Theodore Woodward
 1985 Invitation to the Wedding
Reverend Clyde Ormiston
 1985 The Shooting Party
Cornelius Cardew
 1984 Frankenstein (TV Movie)
De Lacey
 1984 Camille (TV Movie)
Duke de Charles
 1984 The Master of Ballantrae (TV Movie)
Lord Durrisdeer
 1984 Scandalous
Uncle Willie
 1984 The Far Pavilions (TV Mini-Series)
Cavagnari
- Part Three: Wally and Anjuli (1984) ... Cavagnari
- Part One: Return to India (1984) ... Cavagnari
 1981-1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Pfistermeister
- Episode #1.10 (1983) ... Pfistermeister
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Pfistermeister
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Pfistermeister
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Pfistermeister
- Episode #1.5 (1981) ... Pfistermeister
 1983 The Wicked Lady
Hogarth
 1983 The Scarlet and the Black (TV Movie)
Pope Pius XII (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1982 Marco Polo (TV Mini-Series)
Doge of Venice
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Doge of Venice
 1982 Gandhi
Lord Irwin
 1967-1982 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Lord Burleigh / Captain Shotover / Lord Henry Wotton / ...
- The Critic (1982) ... Lord Burleigh
- Heartbreak House (1977) ... Captain Shotover
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976) ... Lord Henry Wotton
- In Good King Charles's Golden Days (1970) ... Charles II
- St. Joan (1968) ... The Inquisitor
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Albert Speer Sr.
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Charmolue
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series)
Edward Ryder
- A Twitch Upon the Thread (1981) ... Edward Ryder
- The Unseen Hook (1981) ... Edward Ryder
- Sebastian Against the World (1981) ... Edward Ryder
- Home and Abroad (1981) ... Edward Ryder
- Et in Arcadia Ego (1981) ... Edward Ryder
 1981 Priest of Love
Herbert G. Muskett
 1981 Arthur
Hobson
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Master of Trinity (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1981 Seven Dials Mystery (TV Movie)
Marquis of Caterhan
 1981 Sphinx
Abdu-Hamdi (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1980 Lion of the Desert
Sharif El Gariani
 1980 The Formula
Dr. Abraham Esau, Director Reich Energy
 1979-1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Cyril Boggis / Jelks
- Parson's Pleasure (1980) ... Cyril Boggis
- Neck (1979) ... Jelks
 1980 The Elephant Man
Carr Gomm
 1980 Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (TV Movie)
Reverend Jones
 1980 The Conductor
John Lasocki
 1979 The Human Factor
Brigadier Tomlinson
 1979 Caligula
Nerva
 1979 Murder by Decree
Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Gillenormand
 1978 Richard II (TV Movie)
John of Gaunt
 1978 Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie)
Chorus
 1978 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Spooner
 1977 Joseph Andrews
The Doctor
 1977 Providence
Clive Langham
 1976 Aces High
Headmaster
 1976 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Mr. Ferraro
- Special Duties (1975) ... Mr. Ferraro
 1975 Edward the King (TV Series)
Benjamin Disraeli
- Dearest Prince (1975) ... Benjamin Disraeli
- The Invisible Queen (1975) ... Benjamin Disraeli
 1975 Galileo
The Old Cardinal
 1974 Gold
Farrell
 1974 11 Harrowhouse
Meecham
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Clinton-Meek
- Part One & Two (1974) ... Clinton-Meek
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Chief Constable
 1973 Menace (TV Series)
Frederick William Densham
- Deliver Us from Evil (1973) ... Frederick William Densham
 1973 Lost Horizon
Chang
 1973 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Various Roles
 1972 Probe (TV Movie)
Harold L. Streeter (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1972 Eagle in a Cage
Lord Sissal
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
Harry
- Home (1972) ... Harry (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1971 Hassan (TV Movie)
Haroun al Raschid
 1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
The Ghost
- Hamlet (1970) ... The Ghost
 1970 Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Writer
- Conversation at Night (1969) ... The Writer
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Count Leopold von Berchtold
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Elder Pope (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1968 Assignment to Kill
Curt Valayan
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Lord Raglan
 1968 From Chekhov with Love (TV Movie)
Anton Chekhov
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Harry
- Home (1968) ... Harry
 1968 Sebastian
Head of Intelligence
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Mock Turtle (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Gabriel Quantara
- The Mayfly and the Frog (1966) ... Gabriel Quantara
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Rich Man
- The Love Song of Barney Kempinski (1966) ... Rich Man
 1965 Treasure Island (Short)
Squire Trelawney
 1965 Chimes at Midnight
Henry IV
 1965 The Loved One
Sir Francis Hinsley
 1964/I Hamlet
Ghost (voice)
 1964 Becket
King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France
 1959-1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Count / Julian Anson
- The Rehearsal (1963) ... The Count
- A Day by the Sea (1959) ... Julian Anson
 1962 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Leonid Andreyevich Gaev, Lyubov's brother
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Andrew Crocker-Harris
- The Browning Version (1959) ... Andrew Crocker-Harris
 1957 Saint Joan
Earl of Warwick
 1957 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Edward Moulton-Barrett
 1956 Nude with Violin (TV Movie)
Sebastien
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Foster - Fogg's Ex-Valet (as Sir John Gielgud)
 1955 Richard III
George, Duke of Clarence
 1955 ITV Opening Night at the Guildhall (TV Movie)
John Worthing, JP
 1954 Romeo and Juliet
Chorus
 1953 Julius Caesar
Cassius
 1941 An Airman's Letter to His Mother (Short)
Narrator
 1941 The Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
 1937 Full Fathom Five (Short) (voice)
 1936 Secret Agent
Richard Ashenden / Brodie
 1933 The Good Companions
Inigo Jollifant
 1932 Insult
Henri Dubois
 1929 The Clue of the New Pin
Rex Trasmere
 1924 Who Is the Man?
Daniel
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Brember Wills, Gyles Isham, Martita Hunt, and Donald Wolfit in the cast. Harcourt Williams was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Print Biographies | 16 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir John Gielgud

Height:

5' 11" (1.81 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Claude Rains] He was a great influence on me. I don't know what happened to him. I think he failed and went to America. See more »

Trivia:

Appeared with Laurence Olivier in a 1935 production of "Romeo and Juliet" in which he and Olivier alternated the roles of Romeo and Mercutio. Gielgud got the better reviews in the lead as Romeo, which spurred Olivier on to become a better actor. See more »

Trademark:

His prominent hooked nose, which gave him a distinctive profile See more »

Nickname:

Johnny G.

Star Sign:

Aries

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