A knighted actor and the world-famous star of the 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia. In 1968, he appeared in The Lion in Winter and he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1969 film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
He was nominated for eight Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but failed to win any of them. He was eventually given the Academy Honorary Award in 2003 for his entire collection of works.
He married actress Sian Phillips in 1959, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing in 1979.
He starred opposite the great Alec Guinness in the cinematic classic Lawrence of Arabia.