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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). Butterfly and a Tony nomination in 1980 for best featured actor in a play for Bent. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. He won plaudits when he replaced John Lithgow in the original production of David Henry Hwang's play M. 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. Dukes had extensive stage experience, first appearing on Broadway in 1971 and later in a revival of Molière's The School for Wives. He also played such colorful roles as Dracula, Doctor Frankenstein, and Antonio Salieri in the original production of Amadeus--replacing Ian McKellan. 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 received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role in The Josephine Baker Story (1991).

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. He had a long career in films, appearing in thirty-five, and as a television guest star, notably as the man who attempts to rape Edith Bunker on All in the Family and in the miniseries The Winds of War. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). He was born in San Francisco, California and died of a heart attack in Spanaway, Washington while on location shooting the mini-series Red Rose. 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. McPhee on the television series Dawson's Creek. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. David Dukes (June 6, 1945 - October 9, 2000) was an American character actor best known as Mr.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. October 17, 2000. "David Dukes." The Independent (London). Tom Vallance. October 11, 2000.

"David Dukes; Versatile Character Actor on Screen, Stage." Los Angeles Times. Susan King and Don Shirley. October 12, 2000. "David Dukes, Chameleon of an Actor, 55." The New York Times.

Emily Eakin. October 11, 2000. "David Dukes." Variety.

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