James Donald

James Donald

Highest Rated: 100% The Way Ahead (1944)

Lowest Rated: 57% The Big Sleep (1978)

Birthday: May 18, 1917

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

The film career of Scotsman James Donald began in earnest with the role of Theo Van Gogh, opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent, in the 1956 biopic "Lust for Life." Two years later, he had another one of his more famous film opportunities alongside Douglas once again, this time as a manly rather than a sensitive sibling in the 1958 adventure "The Vikings." But it was the movie that Donald made in between, David Lean's timeless wartime drama "Bridge on the River Kwai," that forever stamped the Scot in the cinematic consciousness. At the end of epic battle between the characters played by Alec Guinness and William Holden, it was Donald as Major Clipton who got to utter the famous final line of dialogue, "Madness. Madness!" In 1963, Donald was part of another one of the great World War II movies of all-time, "The Great Escape," starring as Group Captain Ramsey, the senior British officer interned in the German POW camp at the center of the fact-inspired Steve McQueen classic. Some of the actor's other performances of note include yet another World War II POW film, 1965's "King Rat," set in Singapore, and the co-starring role of Nathaniel Winkle in a 1952 version of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers."

Highest rated movies

The Way Ahead
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Great Escape
In Which We Serve
Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)
Lust for Life
The Vikings
Conduct Unbecoming

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
57% 27% The Big Sleep Inspector Gregory (Character) - 1978
67% 39% Conduct Unbecoming The Doctor (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 53% The Royal Hunt of the Sun King Carlos (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 30% David Copperfield Mr. Murdstone (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destiny of a Spy Sir Martin Rolfe (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Million Years to Earth Dr. Mathew Roney (Character) - 1967
87% 73% Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) Unknown (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 50% Cast a Giant Shadow Maj. Safir (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enemy on the Beach Commander John McAuliffe (Character) - 1965
94% 95% The Great Escape Group Capt. Ramsey 'The SBO' (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Victoria Regina Prince Albert (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 74% Third Man on the Mountain Franz Lerner (Character) - 1959
76% 73% The Vikings Egbert (Character) - 1958
96% 93% The Bridge on the River Kwai Major Clipton (Character) - 1957
85% 81% Lust for Life Theo Van Gogh (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 52% Beau Brummell Lord Edwin Mercer (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Net Prof. Michael Heathley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Project M-7 Prof. Michael Heathley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 33% The Gift Horse Lt. Richard Jennings (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 36% Pickwick Papers Nathaniel Winkle (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Corridors Neil Marriner (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hideout Murray Byrne (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 20% Brandy for the Parson Bill Harper (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cage of Gold Dr Alan Keam (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 48% Edward, My Son Bronton (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trottie True Lord Digby Landon (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broken Journey Bill Haverton (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Small Voice Murray Byrne (Character) - 1948
100% 71% The Way Ahead Pvt. Evans Lloyd (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Battalion Pvt. Evans Lloyd (Character) - 1944
90% 75% In Which We Serve Doc (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dr. Alvin MacKenzie (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958-1959