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"When I was casting the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Star Wars, I was looking for an actor who brought a certain authority to the role. Someone who was powerful yet gentle and that came across in Alec as a person and as an actor."
George Lucas on Alec Guinness[src]

Sir Alec Guinness (April 2, 1914August 5, 2000) was an English actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy.

Besides his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness won acclaim for many roles on live theater, television, and film, including his Academy Award-winning role as Lt. Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. He was honored with a knighthood in 1959, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1980.

In 1973, he had a role as Adolf Hitler in Hitler: The Last Ten Days, which also starred Star Wars actors Julian Glover and Kenneth Colley, and he had a prominent role in Lawrence of Arabia as Prince Feisal. Other memorable films in which he performed include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and Doctor Zhivago.

Brian Blessed, an actor who met Guinness many times, stated that Guinness was "madly in love" with the Star Wars films.[3]


Edited audio of Guinness saying the word "afraid" was used for Obi-Wan to say "Rey" in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[4]



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