Retro Snap: Please Identify This Comically Handsome Man

laurence olivier

COMICALLY handsome.

It’s Laurence Olivier, circa 1930. JESUS CHRIST. I thought it was Marlon Brando, but a handsomer Marlon Brando. Anyhow, now that we’ve determined how really, really good looking the classically trained Shakespearean actor Laurence Olivier was, you should go read the entire article about him on The Hairpin.

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    • Jennifer

      Laurence Olivier made it okay for me to love Heathcliff, even though he was half-crazy. Thank you, Mr. Olivier! :)

    • Sarah!

      That was fascinating, thank you! What a dreamboat. And boy, how much did that guy love smooshing faces? A lot, I guess.

    • porkchop

      I remember watching the 1940 Pride and Prejudice, and it’s all silly and frou-frou and then Olivier makes this intense face and s*** gets real.

      Seriously, they have to put him in soft focus when he turns it on because staring into his eyes is…R-rated.

      See also: Rebecca. Yikes.

      • jen

        Amen. On the R-rated thing. Yowza.

    • Ewa

      I’ve recognised him, but I did not realise – before seeing the article on The Hairpin,- how much he looks, in so many pictures, like a mightily more handsome version of the hypothetical crossover between Ewan McGregor and Aaron Eckhart. Don’t kill me: at some angles only, and significantly more handsome.

    • MR

      Yeah, I’ll let you ladies judge his face. I didn’t see a lot of his earlier films, but I really liked him in Brideshead Revisted.