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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of some of the most influential people, who are no longer amongst us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the British actor, John Geilgud.

Sir Arthur John Geilgud was born in 1904 in London, England. As a young boy, Geilgud attended the Westminster School in London. Acting and the performing arts were in his blood. And very much part of his upbringing. Geilgud was related to the great actress Ellen Terry. It therefore was not a surprise when he decided to pursue acting. The aspiring actor studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Geilgud made his acting debut soon after graduating. He performed at the prestigious Old Vic theatre. Having lived and studied in London for so long, Geilgud had become part of the local circuit of actors. Longing to gain international exposure, he made his debut in America in 1928.

Geilgud : On Stage & Beyond

In a few short years, Geilgud gained tremendous fame for his performances. He undertook a diversity of roles. And performed in stage-adaptations of great works of literature by Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Anton Chekhov. He worked at the Regent Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Haymarket Theatre and more. In addition to performing, Geilgud also directed several plays. He stuck a balance between exploring the contemporary and reintroducing the classics. Beyond the stage, Geilgud also appeared in several films and authored many books. He was awarded knighthood in 1953.

Geilgud died in 2000.

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