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James Donald (I) (1917–1993)

Scottish-born actor James Donald was born in Aberdeen on May 18, 1917, and took his first professional stage bow some time in the late 30s. He finally attained a degree of stardom in 1943 for his sterling performance in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter", which starred Coward himself. Subsequent post-war theatre work included "The Eagle with Two ... See full bio »

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 1978 The Big Sleep
Inspector Gregory
 1975 Conduct Unbecoming
The Doctor
 1969 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Murdstone
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Sir Martin Rolfe
 1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun
King Carlos
 1969 Hannibal Brooks
 1967 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
Richard Warwick
 1967 The Jokers
Col. Gurney-Simms
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
Maj. Safir
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Commander John McAuliffe
- The Enemy on the Beach (1966) ... Commander John McAuliffe
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Alvin MacKenzie
- A Hundred More Pipers (1963) ... Dr. Alvin MacKenzie
 1963 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Henry Higgins
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Major Frazer
- Three Soldiers (1961) ... Major Frazer (as James R.N. Donald)
 1961 Victoria Regina (TV Movie)
Prince Albert
 1960 The Citadel (TV Movie)
Dr. Andrew Manson
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Power and the Glory (1959) ... Priest
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain
Franz Lerner
 1958-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mark Cavendish / Harry Pope
- The Crystal Trench (1959) ... Mark Cavendish
- Poison (1958) ... Harry Pope
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Miles Denshaw
- The Wings of the Dove (1959) ... Miles Denshaw
 1958 The Vikings
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
- The Voice in the Night (1958) ... Thomason
 1957-1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Davidson / Will Trenting
- Johnny Belinda (1958) ... Dr. Davidson
- Accolade (1957) ... Will Trenting
 1956 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
- The Transfer (1956) ... Andrew
 1956 The Gambler (TV Movie)
Alexei Ivanovitch
 1955 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Man of Destiny (1955) ... Napoleon
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Philip Sturgess
- The River Line (1955) ... Philip Sturgess
 1954 Beau Brummell
Lord Edwin Mercer
 1953 Project M7
Prof. Michael Heathley
 1952 Glory at Sea
Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1
 1951 White Corridors
Neil Marriner
 1950 Cage of Gold
Dr Alan Keam
 1948 The Light of Heart (TV Movie)
 1948 The Hideout
Murray Byrne
 1947 The Little Dry Thorn (TV Movie)
 1944 The Way Ahead
Pvt. Evan Lloyd
 1943 San Demetrio London
On Board H.M.S. Jervis Bay: Gunnery Control Officer
 1942 Went the Day Well?
German corporal (uncredited)
 1942 In Which We Serve
 1942 Alibi
Barman (uncredited)
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (uncredited)
 1942 The Missing Million (as Jim Donald)
 1939 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
 1937 Daily Round (Short)
Man in Top Hat (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared in Christopher Fry's play, "The Dark is Light Enough", at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Edith Evans, Margaret Johnston, John Moffatt, Hugh Griffith, Peter Bull and Peter Barkworth in the cast. Peter Brook was the director. See more »

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2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

James R.N. Donald | Jim Donald


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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His acting career was severely curtailed in the 1970s by the worsening of a lifelong asthmatic condition; however, he had a second career as a vintner in his old age. See more »

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