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Laurence Olivier

Performer, Director, Producer, Designer, Composer
( b. May 22, 1907 Dorking, ENGLAND - d. Jul 11, 1989 Steyning, ENGLAND ) Male
Also known as: Lord Olivier
Sir Laurence Olivier
Relations: Husband of Jill Esmond (1930 - 1940) divorced
Husband of Vivien Leigh (1940 - 1960) divorced
Husband of Joan Plowright (1960 - 1989) his death
See Also: The Royal National Theatre (Laurence Olivier, Director)
Laurence Olivier Productions, Ltd.

Biography: Laurence Kerr Olivier was born on May 22, 1907 in Dorking, Surrey to Agnes Crookenden Olivier and Gerard Olivier, a priest of the Church of England. He attended the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art, and then joined the Birmingham Repertory Company. He became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He performed with the Old Vic, and then returned there as a co-director in 1944. He was the founder and first artistic director of the National Theater of Britain. He married actress Jill Esmond, with whom he had his son Tarquin Olivier. He then married actress Vivien Leigh and then actress Joan Plowright, with whom he had three children.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Spartacus," "A Bridge Too Far," "Romeo and Juliet," "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," "Clash of the Titans," "Rebecca," "The Bounty," "Marathon Man," "Pride and Prejudice," "The Boys from Brazil," "The Prince and the Showgirl," "Sleuth," "A Little Romance," "Wuthering Heights," and "Dracula." Television credits include: "Great Performances," "American Masters," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Mike Douglas Show," "Arena," "King Lear," "Wagner," "ITV Play of the Week," "David Copperfield," and "Love Among the Ruins."

Other Awards: Received an Honorary Award at the Oscars for "The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France" in 1947. Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Hamlet" in 1949. Received a lifetime achievement Honorary Award at the Oscars in 1979. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor (Lead or Support) for "The Moon and Sixpence" in 1960. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in 1973. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy for "Love Among the Ruins" in 1975. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for "Brideshead Revisited" in 1982. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for "King Lear" in 1984. Received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960.

Trivia:
He was knighted in 1947, and raised to life peerage in 1970.
His 1982 autobiography was entitled ''Confessions of an Actor.'' He published "On Acting" in 1986.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on July 12, 1989.



ProductionsDate of Productions
Filumena
[Play, Revival]
  • Directed by Laurence Olivier
Feb 10, 1980 - Mar 09, 1980
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by arrangement with The Royal National Theatre (Laurence Olivier, Director)
Oct 16, 1967 - Oct 19, 1968
Becket
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Henry II]
May 08, 1961 - May 27, 1961
Becket
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Thomas Becket]
Oct 05, 1960 - Mar 25, 1961
One More River
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by arrangement with Laurence Olivier
Mar 18, 1960 - Mar 19, 1960
The Tumbler
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Laurence Olivier
Feb 24, 1960 - Feb 27, 1960
The Entertainer
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Archie Rice]
Feb 12, 1958 - May 10, 1958
Venus Observed
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Laurence Olivier
  • Produced by arrangement with Laurence Olivier Productions, Ltd.
Feb 13, 1952 - Apr 26, 1952
Antony and Cleopatra
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Antony]
  • Produced in association with Laurence Olivier Productions, Ltd.
Dec 20, 1951 - Apr 13, 1952
Caesar and Cleopatra
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Julius Caesar]
  • Produced by arrangement with Laurence Olivier Productions, Ltd.
Dec 19, 1951 - Apr 12, 1952
Daphne Laureola
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced in association with Laurence Olivier
Sep 18, 1950 - Nov 04, 1950
The Critic
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Mr. Puff]
May 20, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
Oedipus Rex
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Oedipus Rex]
May 20, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
Uncle Vanya
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Mikhail lvovich Astrov]
May 13, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
King Henry IV, Part II
[Play, History, Revival]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Justice Shallow]
May 07, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
King Henry IV, Part I
[Play, History, Revival]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Henry Percy]
May 06, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
Romeo and Juliet
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Laurence Olivier
  • Directed by Laurence Olivier
  • Production Design by Laurence Olivier
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Romeo]
  • Incidental music by Laurence Olivier
May 09, 1940 - Jun 08, 1940
No Time for Comedy
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Laurence Olivier [Gaylord Easterbrook]
Apr 17, 1939 - Sep 1939
The Green Bay Tree
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Julian]
Oct 20, 1933 - Mar 1934
Private Lives
[Play, Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Victor Prynne]
Jan 27, 1931 - Sep 1931
Murder on the Second Floor
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Laurence Olivier [Hugh Bromilow]
Sep 11, 1929 - Oct 1929
1958 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
The Entertainer [nominee]
Starring: Laurence Olivier
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