|John Gielgud Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||April 14, 1904|
|Date of Death||May 21, 2000|
John Gielgud was an English actor, stage artist, voice actor, director, and writer who was one of the trinity of actors (along with Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier) who dominated the British stage scene for much of the 20th century. He initially focused only on theatre and did not take the cinema seriously during the first half of his career (although he did appear in his first film in 1924). John became one of the few actors with the rare distinction of winning an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony.
Arthur John Gielgud
He was born on April 14, 1904.
On May 21, 2000, John Gielgud died of natural causes at the age of 96 in Wotton Underwood, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.
South Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
He resided in Wotton Underwood, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.
At the age of 8, John Gielgud got enrolled at Hillside preparatory school in Surrey in 1912. He then attended Westminster School where he had access to the West End “in time to touch the fringe of the great century of the theatre”.
He also took drama lessons.
Actor, Stage Artist, Voice Actor, Director, Writer
- Father – Frank Henry Gielgud (1860–1949) (Stockbroker)
- Mother – Kate Terry-Gielgud (née Terry-Lewis) (1868–1958) (Stage Artist)
- Siblings – Lewis Evelyn Gielgud (June 11, 1894 – February 25, 1953) (Older Brother) (Scholar, Writer, Intelligence Officer, Humanitarian Worker, Senior Official of the Red Cross and UNESCO), Val Henry Gielgud (April 28, 1900 – November 30, 1981) (Older Brother) (Actor, Writer, Director, Broadcaster, Served as the head of BBC radio drama), Eleanor (Younger Sister) (Served as John’s secretary for many years)
- Others – Adam/Adomas Jerzy Konstanty Gielgud/Gelgaudas/Giełguduanian (Paternal Grandfather), Leontyna/Leontina Aniela/Anielė Aszperger/Ašpergeraitė (Paternal Grandmother), Arthur James Lewis (Maternal Grandfather) (Haberdasher, Silk Merchant), Eliza Kate Terry (Maternal Grandmother) (April 21, 1844 – January 6, 1924) (Stage Actor), Mabel Gwynedd Terry-Lewis (b. Mabel Gwynedd Lewis) (October 28, 1872 – November 28, 1957) (Maternal Aunt) (Actor), Adam (Nephew)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
John Gielgud had dated –
- Robert Pastene – He once hooked up with American actor Robert Pastene.
- Graham Payn
- Guthrie McClintic
- Marlon Brando
- Laurence Olivier – It was RUMORed that he once had an encounter with one of his contemporaries, actor Laurence Olivier.
- Paul Anstee (1953) – In the year 1953, he dated Paul Anstee.
- Martin Hensler (1962-1999) – He met Martin Hensler (an interior designer exiled from Hungary) in 1962 and the duo eventually started going out. They lived together until Hensler’s death in 1999.
Race / Ethnicity
John Gielgud was of Polish and Lithuanian descent on his father’s side and had Cornish and English roots on his mother’s side.
Salt and Pepper
- Rich baritone voice
- Hooked nose
John Gielgud was cast in a TV commercial for UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland).
John Gielgud Favorite Things
- Stage Role – Playing Prospero in The Tempest
Source – IMDb
John Gielgud Facts
- He was a member of the Terry family theatrical dynasty.
- His parents were reluctant for their children to pursue a career in arts and John had to persuade them to let him take drama lessons on the condition that if he was not self-supporting by the age of 25, he would seek an office post.
- Alongside Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud co-starred as Hobson in the 1981 romantic comedy film Arthur. This performance won him an Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role”.
- He was reportedly J.K. Rowling‘s original inspiration for the character of Albus Dumbledore.
- John Gielgud privately made donations to gay campaign groups. He later said to actor Simon Callow, “I do admire people like you and Ian McKellen for coming out, but I can’t be doing with that myself.”
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