Sir Alec Guinness (1914 - 2000) will forever be Obi Wan Kenobi to generations of Star Wars fans. "Star Wars" was a departure for Guinness, who initially balked at appearing in the film, calling it "fairy-tale rubbish." Guinness was a serious actor who had made a name for himself onstage playing such classic roles as Hamlet and Macbeth and then onscreen appearing in award-winning films "Lawrence of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago," and "The Bridge on the River Kwai," for which he won an Oscar in 1957. Early in his career Guinness appeared in dramas, mysteries, action films, and even comedies (he cited Stan Laurel as one of his influences, according to talk show host Dick Cavett). The award-winning actor also portrayed Adolf Hitler before becoming the first actor to ever portray a Jedi knight. Despite his misgivings about "Star Wars," Guinness joined the production, taking home a sizable paycheck and 2 percent of the profits. That deal changed his life, as the film went on to become an enormous blockbuster, generating ticket sales that allowed Guinness to live comfortably and only pursue projects he felt passionate about. By the time he died, Guinness had completed more than 50 films and around 70 theatrical productions. We remember Guinness with a look back at his career.