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Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai

Alec Guinness (1914 - 2000)

Film Deaths[]

  • 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. We only see the smoke from over a wall. The funeral is shown. (3) [The Reverend Lord Henry D'Ascoyne] Poisoned by Dennis (by spiking his drink) 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. We only see Dennis fire the bow-and-arrow. (5) [Admiral Lord Horatio D'Ascoyne] Drowned when he decides to go 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 with a shotgun by Dennis after Alec gets his foot caught in a trap while hunting in the woods (with Dennis making it look like an accident). (8) [Duke Ascoyne D'Ascoyne] Dies (off-screen) of shock after learning of "Ethelred's" death, having suffered a stroke a short time earlier. The last two members funeral is shown. (Alec was wearing heavy make-up for most of these roles).
  • Last Holiday (1950) [George Bird]: Killed in a car accident when he swerves to avoid hitting a dog.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) [Colonel Nicholson]: Fatally injured in an explosion when Jack Hawkins fires a mortar near him; he collapses onto the detonator as he dies, blowing up the bridge.
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) [Marcus Aurelius]: Poisoned with an apple given to him by Mel Ferrer. His body is later seen at the funeral prye before being cremated.
  • The Comedians (1967) [Major H.O. Jones]: Shot to death by Hatian secret police officers.
  • Cromwell (1970) [King Charles I]: Executed by beheading.
  • 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) [James Sir Benson Mum]: Details needed.
  • Star Wars (Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope) (1977) [Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi]: Struck down with a light-saber by Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) in a duel; his body vanishes into nothingness at the moment of his death. (He returns as a ghost in the sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. His voice can also be heard saying "Rey", in The Force Awakens, due to some digital editing).

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