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Robert Newton



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hatter's Castle (A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Poison Pen
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Pirates - Dead Men Tell Their Tales
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Epic That Never Was
  • Actor
1965
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Insp. Fix
1956
No Score Yet Long John Silver
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet The Beachcomber
  • Ted
1955
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Gustave Pardee
1954
80% The Desert Rats
  • Tom Bartlett
1953
40% 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
86% 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 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

Quotes from Robert Newton's Characters