Laurence Olivier was, arguably, the greatest actor of the 20th Century. He began acting in the 1920s and rose to prominance at the Old Vic playing opposite Sir John Gielgud in 1936. His new, earthy style of naturalistic acting made him a world-wide theatrical success and led to him making 85 films as an actor as well as many director, producer and writer. Among his many acheivements was the foundation of the Royal National Theatre of which he was the first Artistic Director and has an auditorium named after him.
During his long career he won countless awards and accolades, including a Lifetime Achievment Oscar (1979) a knighthood in 1947 and was even made a life peer (allowing him the title Lord Olivier) in 1970. In 1984 the Society of London Theatre renamed their annual awards the Olivier Awards in his honour.
He died on 11th July 1989 at the age of 82, is survived by his second wife Lady Olivier, Joan Plowright and his four children. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Please note: this is not now, nor do I have any plans for it to become, a full fansite dedicated to Sir Laurence. There are plenty of those already in existance, if you're looking for one then please head over to the links page. This is a place for his fans to gather and express their admiration.
So if you want to proclaim your esteem for Laurence Olivier to the world, this is the place to be.