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). Garner is not to be confused with the Hempstead, New York mayor of the same name. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. He most recently starred as Duke in Nick Cassavetes's The Notebook. 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. Originally intended to be a one-shot guest role, he stayed for the season. 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. On the death of John Ritter, Garner joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, as Grandpa Hennessy.

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. In 1994, Garner co-starred with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, in the movie version of his original Maverick role. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). In 1986, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Murphy's Romance. 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. In the 1970s he returned to television in another popular role, that of a private investigator in The Rockford Files, for which he received an Emmy for Best Actor. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. In the 1960s he starred in such films as The Thrill of It All, Move Over, Darling, Boys' Night Out, The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Grand Prix (which gave him a car racing bug) and Support Your Local Sheriff!.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. In 2004, Garner became one of the first three honorees in the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame for this portrayal. He became a favorite of American fans for this role. But Garner's popularity eventually made him the sole star of the series. His first film role was in The Girl He Left Behind, but in the late 1950s he starred in a popular Western series, Maverick, rotating the starring role of Brett Maverick with Jack Kelly and Roger Moore.

He moved on to television commercials, and then to television roles. In 1954 Garner had a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. He received a Purple Heart in the Korean War. At 16, he joined the Merchant Marine.

Born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, he has found fame in both movies and television. James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American actor.

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