Alec Guinness in 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Alec Guinness (1914 - 2000)

Film DeathsEdit

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) [The D'Ascoyne Family]: Playing eight different characters, he dies eight times: (1) [Young Ascoyne D'Ascoyne] Drowned, along with Anne Valery, when Dennis Price unties their boat from its mooring and sends them over the falls. (2) [Young Henry D'Ascoyne] Burned to death (off-screen) in a fire after Dennis switches gasoline for the lamp-oil in Alec's darkroom. (3) [The Reverend Lord Henry D'Ascoyne] Poisoned by Dennis while having dinner with him. (4) [Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne] Falls to "her" death (off-screen) when Dennis fires an arrow at her hot-air balloon. (5) [Admiral Lord Horatio D'Ascoyne] Drowned when he goes down with his ship after it collides with another. (6) [General Lord Rufus D'Ascoyne] Killed in an explosion when he sticks a knife into a jar of caviar in which Dennis had planted a bomb. (7) [Duke Ethelred D'Ascoyne] Shot to death by Dennis after Alec gets his foot caught in a trap while hunting in the woods. (8) [Duke Ascoyne D'Ascoyne] Dies (off-screen) of shock after learning of "Ethelred's" death, having suffered a stroke a short time earlier.
  • Last Holiday (1950) [George Bird]: Killed in a car accident when he swerves to avoid hitting a dog. (Thanks to Constantine)
  • The Malta Story (1953) [Flt Lt Peter Ross]: A spotter pilot, he is killed when German fighters shoot him down after he radios to base the location of a German raiding fleet. We see him grimace as the bullets hit his back, then his hands leave the controls and there is then real footage of a plane plummeting into the sea. (Thanks to Brian)
  • The Ladykillers (1955) [Professor Marcus]: Hit on the head by a train-crossing signal on the overpass, then falls into the train below (on top of having been previously shot in the chest by Herbert Lom). (See also Tom Hanks in the 2004 remake.)
  • The Comedians (1967) [Major H.O. Jones]: Shot to death by Hatian secret police officers.
  • Scrooge (1970) [Jacob Marley's Ghost]: Dies of natural causes several years before the story begins; he appears to Albert Finney as a ghost. In the bowels of Hell, Alec reunites with Albert, but loads up a huge chain made of Albert's past transgressions by demons. 
  • Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) [Adolf Hitler]: Commits suicide (off-camera) by shooting himself in the head in his bunker. We hear the shot from the next room; his body is not shown afterwards. (Thanks to Tony)
  • Murder by Death (1976)

TV DeathsEdit

  • Great Performances: Monsignor Quixote (1987) [Father Quixote]: Shot to death.


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