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 few of his films:. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. Douglass Dumbrille passed away in 1974 in Woodland Hills, California, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, North Hollywood, California. 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. We don’t give a continental damn what other people think.". 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. Pat and I agreed that I had some years left and we could best share them together.

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. The important thing is whether two people can be happy together. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). In response to criticism of the May-December marriage, Dumbrille had a succinct answer: "Age doesn’t mean a blasted thing. 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. After a long marriage, his wife Jessie Lawson passed away in 1957 and in 1960, at age 70 Dumbrille caused a stir when he married Patricia Mowbray, the 28-year-old daughter of his friend and fellow actor Alan Mowbray. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. Considered as one of film's great character actors, over his long and successful career Douglass Dumbrille had roles in more than 200 motion pictures and with the advent of television he made numerous appearances in shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The respect he earned was such that he played the same role in Capra's 1934 film Broadway Bill and its 1950 remake, and also appeared in DeMille's 1938 version of The Buccaneer and twenty years later in its remake.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. A friend of fellow Canadian-born director Allan Dwan, Dumbrille played Athos in Dwan’s 1939 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. DeMille, Frank Capra, Hal Roach and other Hollywood directing greats. A consummate professional, he was highly regarded by the studios and was sought out by Cecil B. His physical appearance made him perfect for the role of the slick politician, the shyster businessman, the crooked sheriff, or the unscrupulous lawyer.

As such, Dumbrille went to the west coast where he specialized in playing secondary character roles to the great stars of the day. In the Great Depression of the 1930s, when jobs were scarce, Hollywood films provided a brief escape from the stresses of the difficult times and the film industry still offered an opportunity for quality actors to earn a decent living. In 1924, he made his Broadway debut and continued working off and on in the theatre for several years while supplementing his income with a variety sales jobs. In 1913, the east coast film industry was still flourishing and that year he appeared in the film, What Eighty Million Women Want, but it would be another 11 years before he appeared on screen again.

He eventually left banking to work with a stock company that led him to Chicago, Illinois and to a job there with another stock company that toured across the United States. As a young man, he worked as a bank clerk in his home town of Hamilton while at the same time pursuing an interest in acting. Dumbrille was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Douglass Dumbrille (October 13, 1889 – April 2, 1974) was an actor and one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood.

Shock Treatment (1964). The Ten Commandments (1956). A Life at Stake (1954). Jupiter's Darling (1955).

Julius Caesar (1953). Son of Paleface (1952). Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950). Riding High (1950) - Remake of "Broadway Bill".

The Cat Creeps (1946). Under Nevada Skies (1945). Jungle Woman (1944). Stand by for Action (1943).

Castle in the Desert (1942). The Big Store (1941). Road to Zanzibar (1941). Virginia City (1940).

The Three Musketeers (1939). Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939). The Buccaneer (1938). The Mysterious Rider (1938).

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937). A Day at the Races (1937). Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Mr.

The Lone Wolf Returns (1935). Cardinal Richelieu, (1935). The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935). Treasure Island (1934).

Broadway Bill (1934). King of the Jungle (1933). The Symphony Murder Mystery (1931). The Wiser Sex (1932).

Monkey Business (1931). The Declaration of Independence (1924).

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