Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0014703: ALEC GUINNESS

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Choice 8x10-inch color portrait in his prime, neatly signed in pink felt-tip pen in-person for a busy Los Angeles-based autograph hound about two decades ago. In good condition. Probably best remembered by contemporary audiences for his portrayal of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980), versatile English actor Sir Alec Guinness had been enthralling viewers for decades long before wielding a light saber. After making his bones in the classical theater, he entered films in 1934, but his movie career only truly blossomed after World War II, with his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946). A string of films, mostly comedies, showed off his ability to look different in every role, including Oliver Twist (1948), the black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Mudlark (1950), The Detective (1950), The Ladykillers (1955), The Prisoner (1955), The Swan (1956), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Cromwell (1970), Scrooge (1970), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Murder by Death (1976), Lovesick (1983), and A Passage to India (1984). The beloved star was unsuccessfully nominated for four Oscars, for The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Horse's Mouth (1959), Star Wars (1977), and Little Dorrit (1988), and took home the trophy for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) in 1958.