Premier actor of his generation who starred in Pride and Prejudice and The Prince and the Showgirl. He won three Golden Globe Awards and as many BAFTA Awards, and received an honorary statuette and certificate from the Oscars for his performance in Hamlet.
He was heavily involved in theatre during his youth, primarily performing Shakespearean roles.
He played over 100 roles on stage and starred in the film versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and Henry V.
He married his co-star Vivien Leigh in 1940 after having an on-set affair with her during the filming of Fire Over England.
He starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl.