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Donald Wolfit



One of the last of England's great actor/managers, Donald Wolfit began his stage career in 1920. Wolfit made his well-received London debut in The Wandering Jew, and by 1929 was a member in good standing of the Old Vic. In 1937, he formed his own company, specializing in abridged versions of Shakespeare. During the darkest days of the Battle of Britain, Wolfit and his players gave over 100 morale-boosting lunchtime performances. It was for this patriotic effort, coupled with his theatrical accomplishments, that Wolfit was knighted in 1957. Though he made his first film in 1934, he didn't turn to moviemaking on a full-time basis until the 1950s. He starred in 1954's Svengali, and also essayed such colorful character roles as Sgt. Buzfuz in Pickwick Papers (1953), Mercier in I Accuse (1958), and General Murray in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He also showed up in a couple of horror films, never giving less than his best even when the material wasn't there. Toward the end of his career, Wolfit starred in the 1962 TV series The Ghost Squad. Wolfit's career and personality served as the inspiration for Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser. Married three times, Sir Donald Wolfit's third wife was actress Rosalind Iden, with whom he frequently co-starred.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Sandwich Man
  • Manager
2013
No Score Yet Charge of the Light Brigade
  • `Macbeth'
1968
No Score Yet 90 Degrees in the Shade
  • Bazant
1965
76% Becket
  • Folliot
1964
97% Lawrence of Arabia
  • Gen. Murray
1962
No Score Yet The Mark
  • Mr. Clive
1961
No Score Yet The Hands of Orlac (Hands of a Strangler)
  • Prof. Volcheff
1960
No Score Yet The Angry Hills
  • Dr. Stergiou
1959
100% Room at the Top
  • Mr. Brown
1959
No Score Yet Rough and the Smooth
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Blood of the Vampire
  • Callistratus
1958
No Score Yet Satellite in the Sky
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet A Prize of Gold
  • Alfie Stratton
1955
No Score Yet Svengali
  • Svengali
1955
No Score Yet The Pickwick Papers
  • Sgt. Buzfuz
1954
No Score Yet Late Extra
  • Inspector Greville
1935
No Score Yet The Silent Passenger
  • Henry Camberley
1935
No Score Yet A Man On The Beach
  • Actor

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