Robert Donat

Robert Donat

Highest Rated: 100% The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

Lowest Rated: 82% Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Birthday: Mar 18, 1905

Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England, UK

One of Britain's biggest stars from the Golden Age of movies, handsome Manchester native Robert Donat established himself as a formidable stage performer via one of Britain's leading Shakespearean companies and made a splash in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), which also proved to be a major success abroad. A well-respected star in his homeland, Donat also built a following in America, but in the wake of "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1934), he opted to work only in England, which allowed him to continue appearing on the London stage. In between those engagements, he graced some of England's best films of the 1930s, including Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935), "Knight Without Armour" (1937), "The Citadel" (1938) and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), which earned him a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor. Unfortunately, chronic asthma hindered Donat for much of his life, forcing him to take long periods of convalescence; by the time he appeared in "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958), he was forced to have an oxygen cylinder nearby at all times. Although poor health curtailed his career and forced Donat to turn down a number of potentially interesting roles, he managed to achieve a degree of respect and popularity with British audiences that matched such formidable contemporaries as Laurence Olivier.


Highest Rated Movies



100% 84% The Inn of the Sixth Happiness The Mandarin of Yang Cheng (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lease of Life Rev. William Thorne (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 78% The Magic Box William Friese-Greene (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 64% The Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Boycott Charles Stewart Parnell (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 65% Vacation From Marriage Robert Wilson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 50% Adventures of Tartu Captain Terence Stevenson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Captain Terence Stevenson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Mr. Pitt William Pitt/The Earl of Chatham (Character) - 1942
82% 87% Goodbye, Mr. Chips Mr. Chips (Character) - 1939
89% 72% The Citadel Dr. Andrew Manson (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 53% Knight Without Armour Ainsley J. Fothergill (Character) - 1937
100% 53% The Ghost Goes West Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie (Character) - 1936
96% 86% The 39 Steps Richard Hannay/Mr. Hammond/Capt. Fraser/Henry Hopkinson (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirty-Nine Steps Hannay (Character) - 1935
86% 76% The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love or Money Paul Martin (Character) - 1934
100% 74% The Private Life of Henry VIII Thomas Culpeper (Character) - 1933
40% No Score Yet Men of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) - 1932


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