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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). He was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, beside his beloved wife Carole Lombard. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. Gable died in 1960 of a massive heart attack in Los Angeles, at the age of 59. 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. Gable's last film was The Misfits, which also featured Marilyn Monroe in her last screen performance. 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. She was the mother of Gable's posthumous son and only legitimate child, born in 1961.
Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. His fifth wife was Kathleen Williams, a thrice-married former fashion model and stock actress from the town of North East, Pennsylvania. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). His second wife had been Texas socialite Marie Franklin, and his fourth was British Sylvia Lady Stanley, the widow of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. 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. During the next ten years, he made films which did not match the quality of his earlier roles. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. It was not really successful, and MGM did not renew his contract in view of his high salary.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. His first movie after returning from service in WWII was the 1945 production of Adventure. Army Air Force. He was deeply grieved and joined the U.S. Gable's marriage in 1939 to his third wife, actress Carole Lombard, was reportedly the happiest episode in his personal life, but it ended with her death in a plane crash in 1942.
In addition, Gable was one of the few actors to appear in three films that have won an Academy Award for Best Picture. A few years before, he had also earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Fletcher Christian in 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty. He is, however, best-known for his performance as Rhett Butler in the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Gable won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1934 performance in the film It Happened One Night.
In the following years he acted in several pictures which soon made him become a megastar, earning the title of "King of Hollywood". He acted in small roles and returned to the theater, until in 1930 he finally signed a contract with MGM. In 1924 he went to Hollywood with the financial aid of theater manager Josephine Dillon, who was more than 10 years older than he was and became both his manager and his first wife. He started to tour with several second class theater companies, and worked also as a salesman and in the industry.
After seeing a play which impressed him, he made the decision to become an actor. At the age of 16 he left high school and started to work in a factory. When he was seven months old, his mother died. He was born in Cadiz, Ohio.
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 - November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, and the biggest box-office star of the early sound film era. White Man (1924). The Plastic Age (1925). North Star (1925).
The Pacemakers (1925). The Painted Desert (1931). The Easiest Way (1931). Dance, Fools, Dance (1931).
Finger Points (1931). The Secret Six (1931). Laughing Sinners (1931). A Free Soul (1931).
Night Nurse (1931). Sporting Blood (1931). Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931). Possessed (1931).
Hell Divers (1931). Polly of the Circus (1932). Red Dust (1932). No Man of Her Own (1932).
Strange Interlude (1932). The White Sister (1933). Hold Your Man (1933). Night Flight (1933).
Dancing Lady (1933). It Happened One Night (1934). Men in White (1934). Manhattan Melodrama (1934).
Chained (1934). Forsaking All Others (1934). After Office Hours (1935). China Seas (1935).
The Call of the Wild (1935). Starlit Days at the Lido (1935). Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). Wife vs. Secretary (1936).
San Francisco (1936). Cain and Mabel (1936). Love on the Run (1936). Parnell (1937).
Saratoga (1937). Test Pilot (1938). Too Hot to Handle (1938). Idiot's Delight (1939).
Gone with the Wind (1939). Strange Cargo (1940). Boom Town (1940). Comrade X (1940).
They Met in Bombay (1941). Honky Tonk (1941). Somewhere I'll Find You (1942). Adventure (1945).
The Hucksters (1947). Homecoming (1948). Command Decision (1948). Any Number Can Play (1949).
Key to the City (1950). To Please a Lady (1950). Across the Wide Missouri (1951). Lone Star (1952).
Never Let Me Go (1953). Mogambo (1953). Betrayed (1954). Soldier of Fortune (1955).
The Tall Men (1955). The King and Four Queens (1956). Band of Angels (1957). Run Silent, Run Deep (1958).
Teacher's Pet (1958). But Not for Me (1959). It Started in Naples (1960). The Misfits (1961).