from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Gielgud, Sir (Arthur) John 1904-2000. British actor and director particularly noted for his performances in and productions of Shakespearean plays.

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  • n. English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films (1904-2000)


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  • But his role as a dying novelist in Alain Resnais's "Providence" (1977) -- his own favorite film performance -- put to rest the notion of Gielgud as some antique personification of spiritual beauty.

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  • Welles is a pathological flatterer, nicknaming the kid "Gielgud" and "the ukulele player." - RSS

  • In the Oscar-winning adventure Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Romero was cast in a minor role alongside a stellar ensemble that included Shirley MacLaine, Buster Keaton, Marlene Dietrich, and John Gielgud.

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  • Beyond Finney's astonishing portrayal, the fun of this whodunit comes from the colorful assortment of characters he interrogates, played by the likes of Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller, and John Gielgud among others.

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  • Gielgud had performed this one-man show around the world between 1957 and 1966, when he brought its phenomenally successful run to a close by filming it for CBS.

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  • One of the most memorable moments in "Ages of Man" comes when Gielgud speaks Caliban's lines from "The Tempest" about how the enchanted island on which he is trapped is "full of noises, / Sounds and sweet airs, that give light and hurt not."

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  • For those who know PBS as the home of Lawrence Welk reruns and A&E as the network of "Dog the Bounty Hunter," I recommend a pair of releases from E1 Home Video, "Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus" and "John Gielgud: Ages of Man."

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  • The black-and-white telecast, directed by Paul Bogart, is as devoid of high-tech gimmickry as a slab of rare roast beef: Virtually all of the show is shot in close-up, and Gielgud's comments are as unobtrusive as the dirt-plain set.

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  • It sure did, and Gielgud won an Emmy Award for it.

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  • After briefly setting the scene, Gielgud pauses for an instant.

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