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Robert Donat

Robert Donat (March 18, 1905 - June 9, 1958) was an English actor, best remembered for his roles in The 39 Steps (1935) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman.

Donat made his first stage appearance in 1921 and his film debut in 1932 in The Private Life of Henry VIII (as Thomas Culpepper), under the renowned film director and producer Alexander Korda. However, he suffered from ill-health (asthma) which blighted his career, and his last role, as the Mandarin of Yang Cheng in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is memorable because it was apparent that he knew he was close to death. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53.

Robert Donat was married to Ella Annesley Voysey (1929-1946) and to the British actress Renee Asherson (1953-1958).

Other films:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton

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Robert Donat was married to Ella Annesley Voysey (1929-1946) and to the British actress Renee Asherson (1953-1958). While his sexuality has not been corroborated, he has made it known that he has a second home in Amsterdam and speaks Dutch fluently, with many gossip columnists using this as "proof.". He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. Nowadays, he only works six months out of the year; with the advent of message boards, rumors have spread that he spends these six months in Amsterdam with his gay lover. However, he suffered from ill-health (asthma) which blighted his career, and his last role, as the Mandarin of Yang Cheng in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is memorable because it was apparent that he knew he was close to death. Geary is rumored to be homosexual. Donat made his first stage appearance in 1921 and his film debut in 1932 in The Private Life of Henry VIII (as Thomas Culpepper), under the renowned film director and producer Alexander Korda. He also portrayed Luke's twin cousin Bill Eckert on General Hospital from 1991 to 1993.

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. The early 1990s saw Luke Spencer in a series of nearly improbable storylines seemingly lifted from the pages of a spy novel, which only served to further the character's popularity. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). Spencer and Webber's 1981 wedding began what was arguably the greatest love affair in the history of General Hospital, if not daytime television. Robert Donat (March 18, 1905 - June 9, 1958) was an English actor, best remembered for his roles in The 39 Steps (1935) and Goodbye, Mr. The character became so popular that the writers turned Luke Spencer into a protagonist. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. Geary's character began as a "hit man" and later as a rapist who fell in love and subsequently married his victim, Laura Webber played by Genie Francis.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. Anthony Geary (born May 29, 1947 in Coalville, Utah) is an actor who has starred on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital as Luke Spencer from 1978 to 1984 and from 1993 to present.

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