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). As of 2004, Ford was living in quiet retirement in Beverly Hills with his son's family. He died from a cerebral haemorrage in London aged 53. In 1992 he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur medal for his action in the Second World War. 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. In 1962, Glenn Ford won a Golden Globe Award as best actor for his part in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 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. With Eleanor Powell he is the father of actor Peter Ford.

Donat was born in Withington, Manchester, of Polish descent, but his success was largely due to typecasting as the quintessential English gentleman. Ford has been married (and divorced) four times to Eleanor Powell, Jeanne Baus, Kathryn Hays and Cynthia Hayward. Chips (1939 film) (for which he won an Academy Award). His major roles in thrillers and dramas and action films include A Stolen Life, The Big Heat, Blackboard Jungle, Interrupted Melody, Experiment in Terror, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Superman and Westerns such as The Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 to Yuma and Cimarron. 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. Ford's movie-acting career flourished in the 1950s and 60s, and continued into the early 1990s, with increasing television roles. The Winslow Boy (1948)- Sir Robert Morton. He went on to be a leading man opposite Rita Hayworth in five films, and starred with other acting greats such as Bette Davis, Gloria Grahame, Ingrid Thulin.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo. His breakthrough role was in 1946, following military service, starring alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda. His acting career began on stage, and his first large movie part was in 1939 film Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence. Ford is best known for his film roles as cowboys and as an ordinary man in unusual circumstances. He was born in Sainte-Christine, Portneuf, Quebec, Canada and moved to Santa Monica, California with his family as a child.

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford (born May 1, 1916), better known by his stage name Glenn Ford, is an actor.

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