John Gielgud Biography (1904-)



Full name, Arthur John Gielgud; born April 14, 1904, in London, England; sonof Frank (a stockbroker) and Kate (Terry-Lewis) Gielgud. Avocational interests: Music, painting. Career: Actor, producer, and director. Queen's Theatre, London, manager, 1937-38; appeared in television commercials forPaul Masson wines. Member: Actors' Equity Association, Shakespeare Reading Society (president, 1958-), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (president, 1977-89; fellow, 1989), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (fellow, 1992), Garrick Club, Arts Club, Players' Club (New York City). Awards, Honors: British Academy Award, best British actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1953, for Julius Caesar; Special Antoinette Perry Award, 1959, for Ages of Man; Grammy Award, best spoken word or non-musical recording, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1960, for Ages of Man; Antoinette Perry Award, best director of a play, 1961, forBig Fish, Little Fish; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best director of a play, 1963, for The School for Scandal; Academy Award nomination, best supporting actor, 1964, for Becket; Drama League DistinguishedPerformance Award, 1965; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor, 1965, for Tiny Alice; named best male performer, Variety poll of London critics, 1969, for Forty Years On; Evening Standard Award,best actor, 1970, Drama Desk Award and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, both best actor in a play, both 1971, all for Home; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, best supporting actor, 1974, for Murder onthe Orient Express; Drama Desk Award, unique theatrical experience, 1977,for No Man's Land; New York Film Critics Award, best actor, 1977, forProvidence; Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, and New York Film Critics Circle Award, all best supporting actor, 1981, for Arthur; New Standard Special Award, 1982; Grammy Award nomination, best spoken word or non-musical recording, 1982, for No Man's Island; Emmy Award nomination, best supporting actor in a limited series,1982, for Brideshead Revisited; Grammy Award nomination, best spoken word or non-musical recording, 1983, for Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats; Emmy Award nomination, best supporting actor in a limited series, 1985, for The Master of Ballantrae; Laurence Olivier Award, special awardfor services to theatre, Society of West End Theatre, 1985; National Societyof Film Critics Award and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, both best supporting actor, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role, all 1985, for Plenty and The Shooting Party; Emmy Award nomination, best supporting actor in a limited series, 1986, for Romance on the Orient Express; Grammy Award nomination, best spoken word or non-musical recording, 1986, for Gulliver; Annual Cable Excellence (ACE) Award, best actor in a movie or miniseries,1988, for Time after Time; Golden Globe Award, best supporting actor in a television series, miniseries, or motion picture, Golden Globe Award nomination, best actor in a television miniseries or motion picture, and Emmy Award nomination, all 1989, for War and Remembrance; Emmy Award, outstanding actor in a limited series, 1991, for "Summer's Lease," Masterpiece Theatre; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, bestperformance by an actor in a supporting role, 1997, for Shine; knighted, 1953; Brandeis University Companion, 1960; member, Order of Companions ofHonour, 1977; member, Order of Merit, 1996; chevalier, French Legion d'Honneur; honorary degrees include LL.D., University of St. Andrew's, 1950; D.Litt.,Oxford University, 1953, and University of London, 1977; and LL.D., BrandeisUniversity, 1965. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 388/396 Oxford St., London W1V 3AT, England.

Nationality
English
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
April 14, 1904
London, England

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