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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). On April 24, 2001, he was arrested in Los Angeles for being under the influence of a controlled substance after he was found wandering in an alley. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. After being released for good behaviour, Downey was arrested again in a Palm Springs, California hotel for cocaine and Valium possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance on November 25, 2000. 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. Eighteen months later, Downey returned to Corcoran State Prison to serve a three-year sentence for a parole violation again on July 16, 1999.[1] (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/rdowneymug1.html). 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, just over one month later on December 8, 1997, Judge Mira sentenced Downey to six months in jail for violating parole.

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. On November 6, Malibu Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira sentenced Downey to three years probation for weapons and drugs charges. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). When he was arrested for trespassing, Downey claimed his limo driver dropped him off at the wrong address. 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. A few weeks later, on July 20, Downey broke into a Malibu, California home and fell asleep in a child's bed. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. was arrested for driving drunk and being in possession of Mexican Black Tar heroin, crack, cocaine and a .357 Magnum revolver.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. On June 23, 1996, Robert Downey, Jr. On November 23, 2004, he released his debut musical album "The Futurist" on Sony Classical. He has been in and out of prison and rehab centers several times. Downey has had a public battle with drug addiction throughout his adult life.

In 2000, he became an acclaimed regular on the television series Ally McBeal, but was fired after a drug-related arrest in April 2001. His other films include Only You, Natural Born Killers and lead role as a seventeenth-century doctor in Restoration, a film adaptation of Rose Tremain's novel of the same name. In 1992 Downey starred as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, a role which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The same year, he portrayed the drug-addicted rich boy in Less Than Zero, a role which came close to his later public life.

He went on to star in The Pick-up Artist in 1987. Having appeared in several small film roles from an early age, at 20 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, but only appeared there for one season. Born in New York City, he is the son of director Robert Downey Sr. Robert Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor.

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