Robert Donat

Robert Donat

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Ghost Goes West (1935)
  • Lowest Rated: 82% Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
  • Birthday: Mar 18, 1905
  • Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England, UK
  • At age 11, Robert Donat began taking elocution lessons to overcome a stutter, going on to develop an exceptional and versatile voice. At 16 he debuted onstage and later played a number of Shakespearean and classical roles in repertory and touring companies; it was almost ten years, however, before he made his London debut. In the early '30s he attracted the attention of filmmakers, and signed a contract with Alexander Korda; almost immediately he was internationally famous for his romantic lead in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), his third film. He made one film in Hollywood but he didn't like the town or the prospect of becoming a conventional movie star. For his starring role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), in which he aged from 25 to 83 onscreen, he won the "Best Actor" Oscar. Although very successful, his career was hampered by chronic asthma and an insecure, self-doubting personality; he turned down many more films than he accepted, and for an actor of his time, his filmography is unusually thin. He appeared in only three films in the '50s, and was seriously ill during the production of his last, requiring oxygen tanks to complete his work. Donat died at 53. He was married to actress Renee Asherson.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Mandarin 1958
No Score Yet Lease of Life Rev. William Thorne 1956
No Score Yet The Magic Box William Friese-Greene 1952
No Score Yet The Cure for Love Producer Jack Hardacre Director 1950
No Score Yet Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton 1949
No Score Yet Captain Boycott Charles Stewart Parnell 1947
No Score Yet Vacation from Marriage Robert Wilson 1945
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Captain Terence Stevenson/Jan Tartu 1943
82% Goodbye, Mr. Chips Charles Chipping 1939
89% The Citadel Andrew Manson 1938
No Score Yet Knight Without Armour Ainsley Fothergill 1937
100% The Ghost Goes West Murdoch/Robert Glourie 1935
96% The 39 Steps Richard Hannay 1935
83% The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes 1934
100% The Private Life of Henry VIII Thomas Culpepper 1933
No Score Yet If I Were Rich Paul Martin 1933

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