John GielgudOscar Winner
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John was born under the official name Gielgud, Arthur John on April 14th, 1904. He died on May 21st, 2000 in Wotton Underwood, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (natural causes). Known to his close friends as Johnny G., he has been a credited actor since the 1956 film Around the World in Eighty Days.
John has made such a successful career in supporting roles, that it actually surpasses most leading actor's careers. He has appeared in seventeen films including: the 1998 biography film Elizabeth as the character The Pope, the 1995 action movie First Knight playing Oswald and the 1985 drama release Plenty cast as Sir Leonard Darwin.
His most commercially successful project to date has been the 1981 comedy film Arthur, which brought in $89,000,000 at the box office.
John is a fan favorite, having been featured on the cover of at least one magazines, captured in more than two pictorials and featured in sixteen magazine articles. He has been the subject of at least ten books.
As an actor John Gielgud has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences on two occasions. His first Oscar was for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for his portrayal of Hobson in the 1981 film Arthur. John Gielgud was also nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for his role as King Louis VII of France in the 1964 movie Becket .