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Alec Guinness Before he was known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, the English-born Guinness, who died in 2000, had a long film career starting in 1934, including an Oscar for his role Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai in 1957. Born poor and in a broken family, he was confirmed in the Anglican church at 16, but had no real interest in religion. At age 42, he converted to Catholicism after a "miracle": When Guinness's son got ill, and then recovered after much prayer, Guinness and his entire family embraced the faith two years later.
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