Laurence Olivier

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Sir Laurence Olivier (1907 – 1989) was an actor and director, considered by many the greatest actor of the twentieth century. His roles range from the Academy Award-winning title role of Hamlet (which he also directed) to a Razzie-winning supporting role in the remake of The Jazz Singer.

As a film director, he's best known for his three Shakespeare adaptations: Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955). He also played the title role in each, being nominated for the Best Actor Oscar each time (and winning for Hamlet, making him the first person to direct himself to an acting Oscar).

He also received two honorary Academy Awards: the first in 1947 for Outstanding Achievement for his Henry V, which he produced, directed and starred in; and a Lifetime Achievement award in 1979.

Other roles that attracted Academy Award nominations but not wins included Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (1939), Maxim de Winter in Rebecca (1940), the title role in The Entertainer (1960), the title role in Othello (1965), Andrew Wyke in Sleuth (1972), Dr Christian Szell in Marathon Man (1976), and Ezra Lieberman in The Boys from Brazil (1978).

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