Alec Guinness was an English actor who is best known to the current generation for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's original 'Star Wars' trilogy (19977-83). However, he earned recognition decades earlier for his collaboration with David Lean in six successful movies – 'Great Expectations' (1946), 'Oliver Twist' (1948), an 'Academy Award'-winning role in 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957), 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962), 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965), and 'A Passage to India' (1984). He is also known for appearing in the Ealing black comedies such as 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), in which he played nine characters, and 'The Ladykillers' (1955). The latter, along with his two 1951 movies 'The Lavender Hill Mob' and 'The Man in the White Suit', are considered among the best British films.
Some of the best Alec Guinness movies from his diverse filmography include 'The Card' (1952), 'The Swan' (1956), 'Our Man in Havana' (1959), 'The Fall of the Roman Empire' (1964), 'The Quiller Memorandum' (1966), 'Scrooge' (1970), 'Cromwell' (1970), 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon' (1972) and 'Hitler: The Last Ten Days' (1973). Colonel Jock Sinclair in 'Tunes of Glory' (1960) is considered one of his best roles by fans and critics alike.