John Gielgud

John Gielgud

Highest Rated: 100% The Shooting Party (1984)

Lowest Rated: 13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Birthday: Apr 14, 1904

Birthplace: South Kensington, London, England, UK

Widely considered one of the finest actors of the 20th-Century, the versatile and prolific Sir John Gielgud fashioned an astounding career that spanned nearly 80 years. Born into a renowned English theater family, Gielgud began performing on stage in 1921 and was soon touted as one of the leading Shakespearian actors of his day. His continued efforts producing other classic works at the renowned Queen's Theatre throughout the 1930s and 1940s further solidified his growing reputation. Gielgud's film output began to increase mid-century with notable productions like "Julius Caesar" (1953) and "Richard III" (1955), in addition to a growing recognition on the stages of Broadway for such productions as "Ages of Man" and "Little Fish, Big Fish," both of which earned him a Tony Award. Modern-era works by the likes of David Storey and Harold Pinter occupied Gielgud's time throughout much of the 1970s, but it was near the dawn of the following decade when the heralded stage actor also became one of the most respected film actors ever to grace the screen. Following acclaimed performances in efforts like Alain Resnais' "Providence" (1977), the septuagenarian actor won an Oscar for his supporting role as the less-than-amused butler in the hit comedy "Arthur" (1981). Accolades continued to come for his work on such miniseries as "Brideshead Revisited" (PBS, 1982), as well as on radio plays alongside protégé Kenneth Branagh. One of the few performers to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy, Gielgud's placement in the pantheon of all-time greats was inarguably secure.


Highest Rated Movies



45% 59% Quest for Camelot Merlin (Voice) $22.7M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tichborne Claimant Cockburn (Character) - 1998
82% 86% Elizabeth The Pope (Character) $30.1M 1998
No Score Yet 78% A Dance to the Music of Time Unknown (Character) - 1997
91% 90% Shine Cecil Parkes (Character) $35.9M 1996
95% 90% Hamlet Priam (Character) $4.4M 1996
50% No Score Yet The Leopard Son Narrator $439.8K 1996
43% 54% First Knight Oswald (Character) $36.7M 1995
80% 51% Haunted Dr. Doyle (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hand in Glove Percival Pyke Period (Character) - 1993
44% 72% Shining Through Sunflower (Character) $21.4M 1992
39% 87% The Power of One St. John (Character) $2.7M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Best of Friends Sydney Cockerell (Character) - 1992
67% 84% Prospero's Books Prospero (Character) $1.1M 1991
No Score Yet 60% Strike It Rich Herbert Dreuther (Character) $177.9K 1990
67% 71% Getting It Right Sir Gordon Munday (Character) $73.2K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man for All Seasons Cardinal Wolsey (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 46% Appointment With Death Colonel Carbury (Character) $603.6K 1988
13% 30% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Hobson (Character) $14.1M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time After Time Jasper Swift (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 58% The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville (Character) - 1986
56% 51% Plenty Sir Leonard Darwin (Character) $6.1M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave All Fair John Middleton Murry (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance on the Orient Express Booking Clerk (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master of Ballantrae Lord Durrisdeer (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 33% Camille Duke de Charles (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandalous Uncle Willie (Character) - 1984
100% 64% The Shooting Party Cornelius Cardew (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagner Pfistermeister (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 88% The Scarlet and the Black Pope Pius XII (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 36% The Wicked Lady Hogarth (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Invitation to the Wedding Reverend Clyde Ormiston (Character) - 1983
85% 92% Gandhi Lord Irwin, Viceroy (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 50% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Charmolue (Character) - 1982
82% 80% Chariots of Fire Master of Trinity (as Sir John Gielgud) (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 37% Sphinx Abdu-Hamdi (Character) - 1981
88% 77% Arthur Hobson (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 55% Seven Dials Mystery Marquis of Caterhan (Character) - 1981
71% 93% Lion of the Desert Sharif El Gariani (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Priest of Love Herbert G. Muskett (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 60% Dyrygent Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 67% Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Reverend Jones (Character) - 1980
30% 22% The Formula Dr. Abraham Esau (Character) - 1980
92% 93% The Elephant Man Carr Gomm (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Conductor John Lasocki (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 33% A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man The Preacher (Character) - 1979
33% 23% The Human Factor Brigadier Tomlinson (Character) - 1979
80% 64% Murder by Decree Prime Minister Lord Salisbury (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 76% Les Misérables Gillenormand (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet King Richard the Second John of Gaunt (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 73% Romeo and Juliet Chorus (Character) - 1978
80% 88% Providence Clive Langham (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 69% Aces High Headmaster (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 25% Gold Farrell (Character) - 1974
90% 78% Murder on the Orient Express Mr. Beddoes (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 80% 11 Harrowhouse Meecham (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 54% QB VII Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 36% Galileo Unknown (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 68% Frankenstein: The True Story Chief Constable (Character) - 1973
20% 45% Lost Horizon Chang (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Probe Harold L. Streeter (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eagle in a Cage Lord Sissal (Character) - 1971
40% 35% Julius Caesar Julius Caesar (Character) - 1970
79% 72% Oh! What a Lovely War Count Leopold Von Berchtold (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment to Kill Curt Valayan (Character) - 1968
43% 75% The Shoes of the Fisherman The Elder Pope (Character) - 1968
33% 60% Sebastian Head of Intelligence (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 59% The Charge of the Light Brigade Lord Raglan (Character) - 1968
47% 77% The Loved One Sir Francis Hinsley (Character) - 1965
98% 85% Chimes at Midnight Henry IV (Character) $123.4K 1965
76% 87% Becket King Louis VII of France (Character) - 1964
27% 52% Saint Joan Earl of Warwick (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Edward Moulton-Barrett (Character) - 1957
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Mr. Foster, previous valet to Mr. Fogg (Character) - 1956
84% 79% Richard III George (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 40% Romeo and Juliet Chorus (Character) - 1954
95% 81% Julius Caesar Cassius (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (Character) - 1941
86% 48% Secret Agent Edgar Brodie/Richard Ashenden (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Companions Inigo Jollifant (Character) - 1933


No Score Yet No Score Yet Merlin King Constant (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance Unknown (Character) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Far Pavilions Unknown (Character) 1984
80% 57% Brideshead Revisited Edward Ryder (Character) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Unknown (Character) 1979-1980


Arthur Bach says: I'm going to take a bath now.

Mr. Hobson says: I'll alert the media.

Mr. Hobson says: If i begin to die, please take this off my head. It is not how I wish to be remembered

Mr. Hobson says: If I begin to die, please take this off my head. It is not how I wish to be remembered.

Prof. Cecil Parks says: you must play as if there is no tomorrow.

Prof. Cecil Parks says: You must play as if there's no tomorrow.

Carr Gomm says: Can you imagine the kind of life he must have had?

Dr. Frederick Treves says: Yes, I think I can.

Carr Gomm says: I don't think so. No one could possibly imagine it! I don't believe any of us can!

Mr. Hobson says: As we can all see, it's a beautiful morning, which would seem to indicate that the night is over.

Mr. Hobson says: I'll alert the media.