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). Filmography - Director. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. (Gassman was in more than a hundred films, in addition to many instantaneous cameos; this list is consequently not complete.). 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 of a heart-attack in his Roman home. 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. In his latest years he was victim of depression.
Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. Also, in his public appearances on the media he often gave original or unconventional comments, sometimes with the clear intention of disturbing the moderated cultural positions; he also gained many enemies in the world of art for similarly frank judgements. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). Generally acclaimed as an actor, Gassman was also discussed as a man, due to his private life - his divorces (a noted scandal in 1950s and 60s), his initial atheism (later he gained a certain personalistic faith). 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. He rendered them with the same professional skill that made him famous while reciting Dante's Commedia. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. Gassman was a man of intense emotions and intellectual honesty; his notable sense of humour and self-irony, brought him in the 1990s to take part in a popular TV show in which he very formally and 'seriously' recited documents such as the gas invoice, as well as the telephone bill and similar texts.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. Gassman the actor, married "only" actresses: Nora Ricci (with whom he had his first daughter Paola, an actress herself and wife of Ugo Pagliai), Shelley Winters, Juliette Maynel, who gave him Alessandro (also an actor), and Diletta D'Andrea. In the later part of his career, he added poetry to his repertoire, helping to bring to Italy foreign works. But, despite his success in films, Gassman never left theatre. In cinema he worked abroad several times and during a stint in Hollywood he met and married Shelley Winters.
He also founded a theatre school in Florence, which formed many of the more talented actors of the current generations. His productions include most of the famous authors of 20th century, with repeated returns tothe classics of Shakespeare, Dostoevskij and the Greeks. He toured his production to half a million spectators, crossing Italy with his Teatro Popolare Itinerante (a newer edition of the famous Carro di Tespi). Quite bravely, he accepted the challenge of directing Adelchi, one of the less known and less "easy" works by Alessandro Manzoni.
A true perfectionist, he always hated imperfect diction, or dialectal corruptions (but he was also able to render, perfectly and when needed, most of the many Italian dialects). That year Gassman also directed and starred in a movie dedicated to theatre: it was a version of Kean. A little later, in the television series entitled Il Mattatore (spotlight chaser) he obtained unexpected success and Il Mattatore soon became the nickname that accompanied him for the rest of his life. In 1956, a key year in his career, Gassman played a memorable Othello with the great actor Salvo Randone, exchanging with him the roles of the Moor and Iago.
With Luigi Squarzina in 1952 he co-founded and co-directed the Teatro d'Arte Italiano, producing the first complete version of Hamlet in Italy, then rare works such as Seneca's Tieste or Eschilo's The Persians. He then joined the Teatro Nazionale with Tommaso Salvini, Massimo Girotti, Arnoldo Foà, for a successful Peer Gynt (Ibsen). He played a vigorous Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' Un tram che si chiama desiderio, then emphatic in Shakespeare's Rosalinda or in Vittorio Alfieri's Oreste. It was with Luchino Visconti's company that Gassman achieved his mature successes, together with Stoppa, Rina Morelli and Paola Borboni.
In 1948 his famous interpretation in Riso Amaro displayed his love for cinema and his capability of excelling both in movies and at the theatre. In 1946 he made his film debut in Preludio d'amore, the year after he appeared in five films. His debut was in Milan, in 1942, with Alda Borelli in Niccodemi's Nemica (theatre), he then moved to Rome and the Teatro Eliseo joining Tino Carraro and Ernesto Calindri in a team that remained famous; with them he acted in a range of plays from bourgeois comedy to the sophisticated intellectual theatre, with no apparent difficulty in the sudden changes. While very young he moved to Rome, where he attended the studies at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica where some of the most important figures of Italian theatre and cinema also studied, such as Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Adolfo Celi, Luigi Squarzina, Elio Pandolfi, Rossella Falk, Lea Padovani and, later, with Paolo Panelli, Nino Manfredi, Tino Buazzelli, Gianrico Tedeschi, Monica Vitti, Luca Ronconi and many others.
Born in Genoa to a wealthy family of German origins, Gassmann was considered one among the best Italian actors and is commonly recalled as an extremely professional, versatile, magnetic interpreter, whose long career includes both important productions as well as dozens of divertissements (which gave him a vast popularity). Vittorio Gassman (Il Mattatore) (September 1, 1922 - June 29, 2000) was an Italian theatre and film actor and director. Kean (1956). L'Alibi (1969).
Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto (1972). Di padre in figlio (1982). Preludio d'amore (1946) aka Love Prelude. La Figlia del capitano (1947) aka The Captain's Daughter.
L'Ebreo errante (1947) aka The Wandering Jew, (1947). Daniele Cortis (1947). Il Cavaliere misterioso (1947) aka The Mysterious Rider. Le Avventure di Pinocchio, (1947) aka The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Riso amaro (1948) aka Bitter Rice. Una Voce nel tuo cuore, (1949). Il Tradimento, (1949). Lo Sparviero del Nilo, (1949).
Il Lupo della Sila, (1949). Ho sognato il paradiso (1949) aka Streets of Sorrow. I Fuorilegge, (1949) aka TheOutlaws. Il Leone di Amalfi (1950).
La Corona negra (1951). Anna (1951). Il Sogno di Zorro (1952). Cry of the Hunted (1953).
Glass Wall (1953). Sombrero (1953). Rhapsody (1954). Mambo (1954).
La Donna più bella del mondo, (1955). War and Peace (1956). Kean (1956). Giovanni dalle bande nere (1956).
Difendo il mio amore (1956). La Ragazza del palio (1957). I Soliti ignoti (1958) aka The Usual Unidentified Thieves. La Tempesta (1958).
Le Sorprese dell'amore (1959). The Miracle (1959). La Grande guerra (1959) aka The Great War. La Cambiale (1959).
Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti (1959) aka Hold-up à la milanaise. Il Mattatore (1960). Crimen (1960) aka Killing in Monte Carlo. Il Giudizio universale (1961) aka The Last Judgement.
Una Vita difficile, (1961) aka A Difficult Life. Fantasmi a Roma (1961) aka Ghosts of Rome. I Briganti italiani (1961). Anima nera (1961).
Barabbas (1962). Il Sorpasso (1962) aka The Easy Life. La Marcia su Roma (1962) aka March on Rome. Il Giorno più corto (1962).
Amore difficile (1962) aka Sex Can Be Difficult. I Mostri (1963). Il Successo (1963). La Smania addosso (1963).
Frenesia dell'estate (1963). Se permettete parliamo di donne (1964) aka Let's Talk About Women. Il Gaucho (1964). La Congiuntura, (1964) aka Hard Time for Princes.
The Dirty Game, (1965). Una Vergine per il principe (1965) aka Virgin for the Prince. Slalom (1965). Le Piacevoli notti (1966).
L'Armata Brancaleone (1966). L'Arcidiavolo (1966) aka Devil in Love. Woman Times Seven (1967). Il Tigre (1967).
Lo Scatenato (1967). Il Profetal (1968). Questi fantasmi (1968) aka Ghosts - Italian Style. La Pecora nera (1968) aka The Black Sheep.
Una su 13 (1969) aka The 13 Chairs. Dove vai tutta nuda? (1969) aka Where Are You Going All Naked?. L'Arcangelo (1969). L'Alibi (1969) aka Alibi.
Il Divorzio (1970). Brancaleone alle crociate (1970) aka Brancaleone at the Crusades *Contestazione generale (1970). L'Udienza (1971) aka The Audience. Scipione detto anche l'africano (1971) aka Scipio the African.
In nome del popolo italiano (1971). Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto (1972). La Tosca (1973). Che c'entriamo noi con la rivoluzione? (1973).
Profumo di donna (1974) aka Scent of a Woman. C'eravamo tanto amati (1974) We All Loved Each Other So Much. A mezzanotte va la ronda del piacere (1975) aka Midnight Pleasures. Telefoni bianchi (1976).
Signore e signori, buonanotte (1976). IL Deserto dei Tartari (1976) aka The Desert of the Tartars. Come una rosa al naso (1976) aka Pure as a Lily. Anima persa (1977) aka The Forbidden Room.
A Wedding (1978). I Nuovi mostri (1978) aka Th eNew Monsters. Due pezzi di pane (1978) aka Happy Hobos. Caro papà (1979) aka Dear Father.
Quintet (1979). The Nude Bomb (1980) aka Maxwell Smart and the Nude Bomb. La Terrazza (1980) aka The Terrace. Sono fotogenico (1980).
Camera d'albergo (1981) aka Chambre d'hôtel. Sharky's Machine (1981). Il Turno (1981). Tempest (1982).
Di padre in figlio (1982). Il Conte Tacchia (1982) aka Count Tacchia. La Vie est un roman(1983) aka Life Is a Bed of Roses. Benvenuta (1983).
Paradigma (1985) aka Power of Evil. La Famiglia (1987) aka The Family. I Soliti ignoti vent'anni dopo (1987) aka Big Deal After 20 Years. I Picari (1988).
Lo Zio indegno (1989). Mortacci (1989). Dimenticare Palermo (1990). Les Mille et une nuits, Les (1990).
I Divertimenti della vita privata (1990). Rossini! Rossini! (1991). El Largo invierno (1991). Tolgo il disturbo (1992).
Quando eravamo repressi (1992). Abraham (1994) (TV). Tutti gli anni una volta l'anno (1994). Sleepers (1996).
Deserto di fuoco" (1997) TV Series. Un homme digne de confiance (1997). La Cena (1998). Luchino Visconti (1999).
La Bomba, (1999).