Laurence Olivier

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (/ˈlɒrəns ɵˈlɪvi.eɪ/; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was a British actor, director, and producer. An Anglican clergyman's son, Olivier became determined early on to master Shakespeare, and eventually came to be regarded as one of the foremost Shakespeare interpreters of the 20th century. His three Shakespeare films as actor-director, Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955), are among the pinnacles of the bard at the cinema. Olivier was the youngest actor to be knighted as a Knight Bachelor, in 1947, and the first to be elevated to the peerage two decades later.

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