Ten fun facts about John Gielgud

Fact 1
Several critics are in agreement that he is the greatest actor to ever have portrayed the Shakespearean character of “Hamlet”.

Fact 2
Because of his significant contribution to the arts over his years of acting, he was inducted into what is known as the “Order of Merit”. He was inducted into the organization by Queen Elizabeth II and was “knighted” in 1953.

Fact 3
John Gielgud is one of the few actors to have won the big four awards. He has won the Oscar, the Grammy, the Emmy, and the Tony.

Fact 4
John Gielgud’s full birth name is Arthur John Gielgud.

Fact 5
For his extraordinary work in the theatre, he received the Laurence Olivier Theatre Special Award in 1986.

Fact 6
Very early in his career, he played the role of Hamlet. His performance in the play was so emotionally expressive that the play went on to break all Broadway box office records. This was in the year 1937.

Fact 7
John Gielgud also worked as a theatre director. He won the Best Director Tony for directing the play “Big Fish, Little Fish”.

Fact 8
Though he began acting in his youth, he did not receive a nomination for an Oscar or Emmy until after he turned sixty.

Fact 9
Author J.K. Rowling based the character of Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” series on John Gielgud.

Fact 10
John Gielgud died on May 21, 2000 of natural causes. He was 76 years old.

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Short about John Gielgud
Is considered to be the most renowned Shakespearean actor in the history of cinema.

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