John Gielgud
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"Sir Arthur John Gielgud", Order of Merit/OM, Companion of Honour/CH, was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who dominated the British stage for much of the 20th century. A member of the Terry family theatrical dynasty, he gained his first paid acting work as a junior member of his cousin Phyllis Neilson-Terry's company in 1922. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he worked in repertory theatre and in the West End theatre/West End before establishing himself at the Old Vic as an exponent of William Shakespeare/Shakespeare in 1929–31.

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