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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). A monument to him in Lichfield Cathedral bears Johnson's famous comment, "I am disappointed by that stroke of death that has eclipsed the gaiety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.". He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. David Garrick died in London, England and was interred in the "Poet's Corner" at Westminster Abbey. 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 did this by telling his actors to not be too pompous and to act as they would in everyday life. 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. Garrick tried to portray his characters as real people, rather than as melodramatic caricatures.

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. He went on to manage Drury Lane Theatre, and enjoyed a thirty-year career at the top of the tree, one of the most influential and popular figures in the whole of British theatre history. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). Having failed to succeed in a legal career, he decided on the stage, and by 1741 he was the talk of the theatrical scene for his performance in William Shakespeare's Richard III. 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. Johnson later taught him the classics, and in 1737 he travelled to London to seek his fortune. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. David Garrick was born in Hereford, England and educated, like Johnson, at Lichfield.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. Johnson. David Garrick (February 19, 1717 – January 20, 1779) was an English actor, dramatist and theatre manager, and a pupil and friend of Dr.

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