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Sir John Gielgud

Age: 96

British stage actor who specialized in portraying Shakespearean characters but also excelled as a character actor. His performance as Hamlet, first given in 1929 and repeated more than 500 times, is considered one of the great interpretations of the role. Other stage credits include Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, and Julius Caesar. He won an Oscar for his portrayal of the butler in 1981's Arthur.

Died: Aylesbury, England, May 21, 2000

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