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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).
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Robert Donat was married to Ella Annesley Voysey (1929-1946) and to the British actress Renee Asherson (1953-1958). For more information, see The Passion of the Christ. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. Many Evangelical Christian pastors who have seen the film have applauded Gibson's film as being faithful to the text. 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. Reviewer Michael Medved, who is Jewish, commented after viewing a rough cut that "the film seemed to me so obviously free of anti-Semitic intent." Even some liberals have come out in support for Gibson, claiming that traditional Catholicism is not in itself anti-Semitic, and Gibson has no record of intolerance towards Jews or other ethnic groups. 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. Not everyone agrees that the movie is anti-Semitic.
Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. In response to criticism, Gibson removed the subtitle for this line, but left the line itself in the movie. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). Jewish leaders also did not like the various scenes which they believe portray Jews as bloodthirsty people. 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. One scene in the movie, that some Jews did not like, after seeing a stolen version before its release, was the one where the Jewish crowd expressed support for the crucifixion of Christ by shouting His blood be on us and on our children! (Matthew 27:25), a verse that has been historically used to justify hatred towards Jews. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. His so-called conservative political views and support of "Traditional Catholic" beliefs have led to charges of anti-Semitism by Jewish leaders, charges that increased following his making of the Gospel-based movie The Passion of the Christ.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. It must be mentioned that the actor joked that he was a homosexual to repel an infatuated woman, played by Marisa Tomei in the 2001 hit, What Women Want - hardly the behaviour of a man with anti-gay views. However, Mel himself has never openly expressed homophobic views, any assessment of his views are pure speculation. Gibson's political viewpoints, while lauded by middle America, have been described by some liberal groups variously as "conservative" and "far right." Some gay rights groups have accused him of homophobia for his alleged conservative Catholic views of homosexuality, and for allegedly depicting homosexuals as villains (The Man without a Face, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ). When the Carmelite nuns at the convent in Coimbra, Portugal got word out that they wanted to see a copy of the film before it was released on DVD, Gibson personally arranged for a special digital screening off of one inch tape and shipped in a projector and screens to view it and introduced the film in person. Later, he stopped by again to have a private meeting with the convent's most famous nun, Sister Lucia who is 98 and who is one of the three children who saw the vision of the Virgin Mary and were said to have been given secrets by her, known as the Fatima Secrets.
For a further discussion, see a separate article on The Passion of Christ. So that, really, anyone who transgresses has to look at their own part or look at their own culpability." He also stated in an interview in The New Yorker, that he trimmed a scene from The Passion of the Christ involving the Jewish high priest Caiaphas because if he did not, "they'd be coming after me at my house, they'd come to kill me.". But when you look at the reasons Christ came, he was crucified—he died for all mankind and he suffered for all mankind. I want to be as truthful as possible.
I think it's meant to just tell the truth. Gibson was asked if his movie would be offensive to Jews today; his response was "It's not meant to. The movie has been criticised by many Christian scholars for taking liberties with the New Testament storylines; a significant number of scenes and details in the movie are original ideas from an 19th century Catholic nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, in her book "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.". The movie has been criticised by some liberal Christian and Jewish scholars, some of whom have claimed it may promote anti-Semitism, as it relies on passion-play images that have traditionally incited anti-Semitic incidents.
The movie has received praise from many Christians and a number of politically conservative Jews (e.g., Michael Medved, David Horowitz, Steven Waldman). Mel Gibson recently completed The Passion of the Christ, a movie in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin, which recounts what Gibson describes as the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ. In 1996, Gibson received two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture) for Braveheart (1995), based on the life of Sir William Wallace, a thirteenth century Scottish warlord who fought the English. Gibson has been equally successful as a comedy actor, in movies such as Maverick (1994) and What Women Want (2000).
Gibson surprisingly moved to the classical genre, playing the melancholy Danish prince in Franco Zeffirelli's movie of Shakespeare's Hamlet (1990). Gibson moved to more mainstream filmmaking with the popular Lethal Weapon series, where he starred as a maverick and violent cop, Martin Riggs, in a buddy relationship with his older and more conservative partner played by Danny Glover. Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins played opposite Gibson as Captain Bligh. movie debut, starring as Fletcher Christian in The Bounty.
In 1984, he made his U.S. His international profile increased through Peter Weir's anti-war First World War film Gallipoli. He made his Australian movie debut as the leather-clad post-apocalyptic survivor in George Miller's Mad Max, which later became a cult hit and launched two of its own sequels. After graduating from NIDA in 1977, Gibson's acting career began in Australia with appearances in the television series The Sullivans.
He has been married to Robyn for twenty-four years, with whom he has six sons and one daughter. A Roman Catholic, Mel Gibson has donated money to finance the construction of a traditional Catholic chapel in Malibu, California, called Holy Family. Some people have attacked Hutton Gibson for religious views that he says are based on traditional Catholicism, and on his political opinions. Following a victory on the TV game show Jeopardy!, Gibson's father, Hutton, moved his family to Australia in 1968 in protest of the Vietnam War and because he believed that changes in American society were immoral.
Although he maintained his United States citizenship, he was raised in Australia from the age of twelve. Mel was born with a rare physical anomaly called "Horseshoe kidney." His two kidneys are fused at the base into a U shape. This fusion anomaly occurs in about one of every 400 people. He was born Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson in Peekskill, New York, the sixth child of eleven born to Hutton Gibson and Ann. Mel Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-born Australian-reared actor, director and producer best known for either acting in Mad Max movie series, the Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart and directing The Passion of the Christ.
Named as the world's most powerful celebrity by US business magazine Forbes (2004). People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (2004). People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (2003). Australian Film Institute: Global Achievement Award (2002).
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor - Drama, THE PATRIOT (2001). People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (2001). People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Drama (2001). Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor - Suspense, CONSPIRACY THEORY (1998).
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Actor - Suspense, RANSOM (1997). Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Man of the Year (1997). People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (1997). Academy Awards: Best Picture, BRAVEHEART (1996).
Academy Awards: Best Director, BRAVEHEART (1996). Golden Globe Awards: Best Director, BRAVEHEART (1996). Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Best Director, BRAVEHEART (1996). ShoWest Award: Director of the Year (1996).
American Cinematheque Gala Tribute: American Cinematheque Award (1995). National Board of Review: Special Achievement in Filmmaking, BRAVEHEART (1995). ShoWest Award: Male Star of the Year (1993). MTV Movie Awards: Best On-Screen Duo, LETHAL WEAPON 3 (1993) - shared with Danny Glover.
MTV Movie Awards: Best Action Sequence, LETHAL WEAPON 3 (1993). People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (1991). Australian Film Institute: Best Actor in a Lead Role, GALLIPOLI (1981). Best Actor in a Lead Role, TIM (1979).
Summer City (1977). Tim (1979). Mad Max (1979). Gallipoli (1981).
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). Attack Force Z (1982). The River (1984).
Soffel (1984). Mrs. The Bounty (1984). Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
Lethal Weapon (1987). Tequila Sunrise (1988). Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Hamlet (1990).
Bird on a Wire (1990). Air America (1990). Lethal Weapon 3 (1992). Forever Young (1992).
The Man Without a Face (1993, also directed). Maverick (1994). Pocahontas (1995, voice). Braveheart (1995, also directed).
Ransom (1996). Father's Day (1997, uncredited). Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997, uncredited). Conspiracy Theory (1997).
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). PayBack (1999). What Women Want (2000). The Patriot (2000).
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000). Chicken Run (2000). We Were Soldiers (2002). Signs (2002).
The Passion of the Christ (2004, produced and directed). The New Yorker, September 15, 2003. But, man, if I included that in there, they'd be coming after me at my house, they'd come kill me." - On his removal of a scene showing a Jewish mob proclaiming "His blood be on us and on our children." Who exactly "they" are is unclear. It happened; it was said.
My brother said I was wimping out if I didn't include it. "I wanted it in.. The New Yorker, September 15, 2003. I mean, he's my father." - On allegations that his father is a Holocaust denier.
I don't want them having me dissing my father. He never denied the Holocaust; he just said there were fewer than six million. "That's bullshit...I don't want to be dissing my father. The New Yorker, September 15, 2003.
And they've been working on that one for a while." - On criticism of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a nineteenth-century nun whose writings influenced his portrayal of Jesus' death and also featured heavy anti-Semitic overtones. And it's revisionism. Because modern secular Judaism wants to blame the Holocaust on the Catholic Church. And it's a lie. "Why are they calling her a Nazi? ..
Look at the main fruits: dwindling numbers and pedophilia." - Time, January 27, 2003. "[Vatican II] corrupted the institution of the church.