Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier Brief Biography

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 190711 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. Olivier is generally considered to have been one of the greatest actors of the 20th century.

During a six-decade career, Olivier played many other roles on stage and screen. His three Shakespeare films as actor-director, Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955), are among the pinnacles of the bard at the cinema. On stage his more than 120 roles included Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly sixty films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights (1939) and Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940). He was the founding artistic director of the National Theatre Company in 1963, a post in which he remained for a decade. He had earlier filled the same post at the Old Vic after the Second World War. The largest stage in the National Theatre building was later named after him.

Laurence Olivier News

• The Almanac for May 22, the 142nd day of 2019
• The Almanac for May 22, the 142nd day of 2018
• The Almanac for May 22, the 142nd day of 2017
• Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

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