Alec Guinness salary and net worth
Alec Guinness, an English actor, had a net worth in excess of $100 million at the time of his passing. He was knighted on May 19, 1959, and died in 2000 at the age 86. He started his career in theatre, but he also appeared in many films throughout his life. Perhaps his most famous role is that of Obi-Wan, the Jedi in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at 50th Academy Awards. In 1959, he was knighted.
Star Wars Paycheck
Alec is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, in the “Star Wars.” franchise. Although Alec thought Star Wars was “fairytale rubbish”, he managed to negotiate a great deal to appear in the films. He demanded that the studio double Alec’s standard salary. He also negotiated a small portion of every Star Wars movie for the rest of his life. Alec was able to earn a small fee for his work when new Star Wars movies were released. Sir Alec has made an estimated $100 million from Star Wars to date before taxes.
Stage Career and Early Life
Alec Guinness was conceived in Paddington, London on April 2, 1914. His first job was as an advertising copywriter. He started his first job in theater at age 20. He was a student at Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art and performed in “Libel” at the Old King’s Theater, Hammersmith. After that play was sold out, he transferred to the West End’s Playhouse. Guinness quickly rose from a walk-on to a role with only two lines. He was 22 when he played the role Osric in an Albery Theater production of “Hamlet”. Later, he signed up with the Old Vic and was cast in many classic roles. He also worked with many actors who would become his friends and co-stars. Alec performed many Shakespearean roles in the 1930s. He adapted Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectation” novel to the stage in 1939. It was a great success.
Guinness was a Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve seaman during World War II. He was first commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in 1942, and promoted to temporary lieutenant in 1942. Guinness was granted a short leave of absence by the Royal Navy during the Second World War to participate in the Broadway production “Flare Path”.
Guinness continued his stellar stage career after the war. He won multiple awards including a Tony Award for portraying Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet, in “Dylan.” In 1946, Guinness returned to the Old Vic and stayed there until 1948. He appeared in many productions including “The Alchemist,” King Lear, “Cyrano de Bergerac” and others. He played Eric Birling at the New Theatre, October 1946, after he had left the Old Vic. Guinness was the Uninvited guest in T.S. Broadway’s 1950 production. Eliot’s “The Cocktail Party”. Guinness, under his direction, played Hamlet at The New Theatre in London’s West End in 1951. Guinness performed 77 roles on the stage between April 1934 and May 1989.
Guinness was able to successfully move into film work following his success on the stage. Guinness is most well-known for his role in the Ealing Comedy, and in particular for nine of the characters he played in “King Hearts and Coronets” (1949). The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951), and The Ladykillers (1955) were all films from this time period. All three films were ranked among the Best British Films. In “The Mudlark”, he played Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th-century British prime Minister. He was also required to deliver a seven-minute uninterrupted speech in Parliament. He was first cast as a romantic lead in 1951’s “The Card,” opposite Petula Clark. He was also voted Britain’s most popular star that year. He also starred in “The Swan”, starring with Grace Kelly as her first movie role. “The Horse’s Mouth” was his screenplay, and was nominated to the Academy Award. He starred in the 1973 film “Hitler: The Last Ten Days”, which he considered his finest film work, although critics disagreed. He is often credited with another role, which is sometimes called “Hitler: The Last Ten Days” and is also regarded by critics as the one of Colonel Jock Sinclair from “Tunes of Glory”.
Guinness was close to director David Lean. He won critical acclaim for his roles in films such as “Great Expectations”, the Bridge on the River Kwai (for which he won an Oscar), “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” Guinness was in five Lean films, which were listed in the British Film Institute’s Top 50 Great British Films of the 20th Century: “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Great Expectations”, “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, 11th (“The Bridge on the River Kwai”),” 27th (“Doctor Zhivago”), 46th (“Oliver Twist”)
Obi-Wan Kenobi is his most well-known role in “Star Wars”, which he played. His 1977 debut brought him recognition worldwide, as well as Academy Award nominations and Golden Globe nominations. Guinness recorded in his diary that he first saw the film and thought it was a remarkable film. It’s exciting, noisy, and very warm-hearted. Although the battle scenes at the final are five minutes too long, some of the dialogue is excruciatingly loud and lost in the noise. However, it’s still a very vivid experience.
Although Sir Alec thought Star Wars was “fairytale rubbish”, he eventually negotiated a great deal to appear on the film’s sets. He demanded that the studio double Alec’s standard salary. He also negotiated a small percentage from every Star Wars movie for the rest of his life. Alec was able to earn a small fee for his work when the new Star Wars movies were released. The estate of Sir Alec has made an estimated $100 million from Star Wars, before taxes. He soon became dissatisfied with his role and was shocked at the number of Star Wars fans that he had attracted.
The DVD commentary to the original “Star Wars” shows that Guinness wasn’t happy with the script rewrite where Obi-Wan was killed. Guinness was unhappy with the fame that followed his work, but Lucas, Harrison Ford and Kenny Baker all praise Lucas’ professionalism and kindness, as well as those of his castmates Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. The American Film Institute named Obi-Wan Kenobi, as played by Alec Guinness, 37th greatest cinematic hero in history in 2003. Guinness’s voice, digitally altered from archival audio, was used in the 2015 films Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Alec married Merula Silvia Salman, who he was married to from 1914 until his passing in 2000. Matthew Guinness was their son and later became an actor. Guinness, who was born in West Sussex, died August 5, 2000. Six months prior to his death, Guinness had been diagnosed as having prostate cancer. Two days prior to his death, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. His wife was also suffering from the disease. Two months later, she died.