, Liverpool police charged him with a homosexual act. (The fact that Guinness was gay wouldn’t be revealed until after his death in 2000 at the age of 86.) In order to avoid scandal, he told law enforcement that he was called Herbert Pocket. The law, apparently not hip to the Charles Dickens character, took the bait. Guinness avoided what would have been an insane media blow-up to star in Oliver Twist
and as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the O.G. version of Star Wars
. Great Expectations
is one of eight in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Alec Guinness: An Actor For All Seasons
7 p.m. Friday. Continuing 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 22, 7 p.m. August 4, 4 p.m. August 5. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org/guinness
. $7 to $9.
In 1946, just before Sir Alec Guinness made his big-screen debut in