Robert Newton

Robert Newton

Highest Rated: 100% Oliver Twist (1951)

Lowest Rated: 33% The High and the Mighty (1954)

Birthday: Jun 1, 1905

Birthplace: Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, UK

Professionally, British actor Robert Newton was two people: The wry, sensitive, often subtle performer seen in such plays as Noel Coward's Private Lives and such films as This Happy Breed (1944), and the eye-rolling, chop-licking ham in such roles as Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist (1948) and Long John Silver (arr! arr!) in Treasure Island (1950). Born into a gifted family -- his mother was a writer, his father and his siblings painters -- Newton made his professional debut when he was 15 with the British Repertory Company. Before he was 25, Newton had toured the world as an actor and stage manager, making his Broadway bow when he replaced Laurence Olivier in Private Lives. There was little of Olivier (except perhaps the older Olivier) in most of Newton's movie roles; despite his wide actor's range, he seemed happiest tearing a passion to tatters in such films as Jamaica Inn (1939), Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) and The Beachcomber (1954). Ripe though his acting could be, it was clear Newton knew his audience. From 1947 through 1951 he was one of Britain's top ten moneymaking film stars, so who were the critics to tell him what to do? Newton's final film role was the dogged Inspector Fix in the blockbuster Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Less than one month after completing Around the World in 80 Days, Robert Newton died of a heart attack in the arms of his wife.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Epic That Never Was Actor 1965
69% Around the World in 80 Days Insp. Fix 1956
No Score Yet Long John Silver Actor 1955
No Score Yet The Beachcomber Ted 1955
33% The High and the Mighty Gustave Pardee 1954
83% The Desert Rats Tom Bartlett 1953
43% Androcles and the Lion Ferrovius 1953
No Score Yet Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island Long John Silver 1953
No Score Yet Les Miserables Etienne Javert 1952
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate Edward Teach/Blackbeard 1952
100% Oliver Twist Bill Sikes 1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three Pvt. Bill Sykes 1951
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days Dr. Arnold 1951
100% Treasure Island Long John Silver 1950
No Score Yet Obsession Dr. Clive Riordan 1949
No Score Yet Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Harry Carter 1948
No Score Yet Snowbound Derek Engles 1948
100% Odd Man Out Lukey 1947
No Score Yet Temptation Harbour Bert Mallinson 1947
100% Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France) Ancient Pistol 1946
No Score Yet Pirates: Dead Men Tell Their Tales Actor 1945
100% This Happy Breed Frank Gibbons 1944
No Score Yet Wings and the Woman (They Flew Alone) Jim Mollison 1942
No Score Yet Hatter's Castle (A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle) James Brodie 1942
93% Major Barbara Bill Walker 1941
No Score Yet Haunted Honeymoon Frank Crutchley 1940
100% Gaslight Vincent Ullswater 1940
No Score Yet 21 Days Tolly 1940
55% Jamaica Inn Jem Trehearne 1939
No Score Yet Poison Pen Sam Hurrin 1939
No Score Yet The Beachcomber Controleur 1938
No Score Yet Dark Journey Officer of U-Boat 1937
No Score Yet Fire Over England Don Pedro 1937
No Score Yet Squeaker Larry Graeme 1937
No Score Yet Farewell Again (Troopship) Jim Carter 1937


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Peter J. Goodfellow 1956


Long John Silver says: Long John Silver be a friend of Mister Arrow, and he looks after him.