James Donald

James Donald

Highest Rated: 100% Lust for Life (1956)

Lowest Rated: 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Birthday: May 18, 1917

Birthplace: Not Available

Scots actor James Donald made his first professional stage appearance sometime between 1935 and 1938, but would not achieve theatrical stardom until 1943's Present Laughter. Donald began making films in 1941, hitting his stride with his portrayal of Theo Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956). He is most fondly remembered for his incisive performances in a trio of POW dramas: Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Great Escape (1963), and King Rat (1965). He also made a handful of memorable TV appearances, the last of which was the role of Murdstone in the 1970 all-star adaptation of David Copperfield. After a long period of inactivity, James Donald died of stomach cancer at the age of 75.

Highest Rated Movies



37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back School Staff $58.7M 2016
No Score Yet Nature Producer 2007
89% Bad Boys Black Gang Leader 1982
67% The Big Sleep Inspector Gregory 1978
67% Conduct Unbecoming Doctor 1975
No Score Yet David Copperfield Mr. Murdstone 1970
No Score Yet Royal Hunt of the Sun King Carlos V 1969
No Score Yet Hannibal Brooks Padre 1969
No Score Yet Journey to the Far Side of the Sun Screenwriter 1969
No Score Yet The Jokers Col. Gurney-Simms 1967
86% Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) Dr Roney 1967
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow Maj. Safir 1966
No Score Yet King Rat Dr. Kennedy 1965
94% The Great Escape Senior Officer Ramsey 1963
No Score Yet Third Man on the Mountain Franz Lerner 1959
76% The Vikings Lord Egbert 1958
95% The Bridge on the River Kwai Maj. Clipton 1957
100% Lust for Life Theo Van Gogh 1956
No Score Yet Beau Brummell Lord Edwin Mercer 1954
No Score Yet The Pickwick Papers Mr. Winkle 1954
No Score Yet Gift Horse (Glory at Sea) Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1 1952
No Score Yet Brandy for the Parson Bill Harper 1952
No Score Yet White Corridors Dr. Neil Marriner 1951
No Score Yet Edward, My Son Bronton 1949
No Score Yet The Gay Lady (Trottie True) Lord Digby Landon 1949
No Score Yet The Hideout (The Small Voice) Murray Byrne 1948
100% The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) Lloyd 1945
No Score Yet San Demetrio London Gunnery Control Officer 1943
89% In Which We Serve Doctor 1942


No Score Yet Nature
Producer 2007
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Harry Pope Mark 1959
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)


Lord Egbert says: Lies will not sustain a tyrant.

Senior Officer Ramsey says: Up the rebels.

Goff says: Down the British.

Maj. Clipton says: Madness. Madness.