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 (ō-lĭv′ē-ā′), Sir Laurence Kerr Baron Olivier. 1907-1989.
British film and stage actor and director. He is known for his interpretations of Shakespeare's characters, including Othello and Richard III, and won an Academy Award for his performance in Hamlet (1948). He directed the National Theatre of Great Britain from 1963 to 1973.
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(Biography) Laurence (Kerr), Baron Olivier of Brighton. 1907–89, English stage, film, and television actor and director: director of the National Theatre Company (1961–73): films include the Shakespeare adaptations Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1956)
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(oʊˈlɪv iˌeɪ)

Laurence (Kerr) (Baron Olivier of Brighton), 1907–89, English actor and director.
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It knows that after splendid yet careful campaigns both in India and Africa he was in command against Brazil when the great Brazilian patriot Olivier issued his ultimatum.
President Olivier might be called a visionary or a nuisance; but even his enemies admitted that he was magnanimous to the point of knight errantry.
He was one of those who were captured by Olivier, and, like all the rest except the general,
President Olivier by similar report is charged with savage injustice.
First of all, of course, our authority for the issue and event of the battle is in Olivier's own dispatches, which are lucid enough.
"That they should attempt an attack with such numbers against such a position was incredible enough; but Olivier noticed something yet more extraordinary.
"Only a month or two ago a certain Brazilian official died in England, having quarrelled with Olivier and left his country.
The voice went on: "Olivier, as you know, was quixotic, and would not permit a secret service and spies.
"But what about Olivier and the hanging?" asked Flambeau.
"Olivier, partly from chivalry, partly from policy, seldom encumbered his march with captives," explained the narrator.
1472, thanks to his patron, Olivier Le Daim, barber to Louis XI., king by the grace of God.
On the other side were the veteran Captal de Buch and the brawny Olivier de Clisson, with the free companion Sir Perducas d'Albret, the valiant Lord of Mucident, and Sigismond von Altenstadt, of the Teutonic Order.