Sir Arthur John Gielgud (born in South Kensington, London, England on April 14th, 1904 - May 21st, 2000) was an English actor, director, and producer.

A descendant of the renowned Terry acting family, he achieved early international acclaim for his youthful, emotionally expressive Hamlet which broke box office records on Broadway in 1937. He was known for his beautiful speaking of verse and particularly for his warm and expressive voice, which his colleague Sir Alec Guinness likened to "a silver trumpet muffled in silk". Gielgud is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. He narrated books one to twelve of the Railway Series for The Noel Edmunds Show on BBC Radio 1. They were also used for Nicholas Jones's The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Documentary playing over the artwork.

He died on May 21st, 2000, aged 96 due to respiratory infection and was cremated at Oxford Crematorium.



  • John's radio recordings were not released to the public on CD or cassette format after their original airing but were repeated on digital radio around 2000. Currently his recordings are available for public hearing in the British Library of London only.
  • He appeared alongside John Hurt in the 1980 film "The Elephant Man".
  • One of his last roles was Merlin from "Quest for Camelot", along with Pierce Brosnan. Rokurō Naya's brother, Gorō Naya and Francisco Colmenero voiced his character in the Japanese and Latin American versions.
  • He appeared in the television mini-series "War and Remembrance" with Sky du Mont.