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Robert Donat



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
  • Director
  • Jack Hardacre
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
81% Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Charles Chipping
1939
86% The Citadel
  • Andrew Manson
1938
No Score Yet Knight Without Armour
  • Ainsley Fothergill
1937
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes West
  • Murdoch/Robert Glourie
1935
98% The 39 Steps
  • Richard Hannay
1935
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Edmond Dantes
1934
No Score Yet Cash
  • Actor
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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