Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is best remembered as one of the three actors who successfully transitioned from Shakespearean theatre to Hollywood blockbusters following ‘World War II.’ Guinness developed his passion for acting, early in his life. He started his career with minor roles for theatre groups. He was then enrolled as a professional theatre actor. Guinness found his early success playing major roles in Shakespearean plays, such as ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Merchant of Venice,’ ‘Twelfth Night,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘Tempest.’ He made his big screen debut in 1946 with David Lean’s film ‘Great Expectations.’ Following this, he starred in a number of ‘Ealing Comedies.’ Guinness’ collaboration with Lean proved to be a success for both the actor and the director. Lean’s 1957 movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ became a major blockbuster in Guinness’ career. Also, it won him several significant awards, including the ‘Academy Award’ and ‘Golden Globe.’ Though Guinness had established himself as a bankable actor, worldwide recognition eluded him until Lucas’s ‘Star Wars’ trilogy happened. The film series made him a household name and catapulted him to international stardom.