Up 82 this week

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 Noël Coward's "Present Laughter", which starred Coward himself. Subsequent post-war theatre work included "The Eagle with Two ... See full bio »

Get Streaming for the Holidays

Revisit cherished classics and discover new titles. We're serving up what you need to stay warm and full of cheer all season long.

Visit our Holiday Streaming section

IMDb Asks: Lisa Edelstein and Christina Ricci

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, IMDb Asks brings you a livestream Q&A and online chat with Lisa Edelstein. Tune in to to participate in the live conversation and even ask a question yourself. Plus, catch up with Christina Ricci, star of new Amazon pilot "Z." The livestream is best viewed on laptops, desktops, and tablets.

Tune in here for the one-on-one interviews

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 161 people
created 07 Nov 2011
a list of 263 people
created 26 Nov 2013
a list of 134 people
created 29 Nov 2013
a list of 1115 people
created 12 Jul 2014
list image
a list of 15 people
created 25 Aug 2014

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of James Donald's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Known For


Jump to: Actor | Self | Archive footage
Hide Hide Show Show Actor (57 credits)
 1978 The Big Sleep
Inspector Gregory
 1975 Conduct Unbecoming
The Doctor
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Murdstone
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Sir Martin Rolfe
 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 Suspicion (TV Series)
- 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
 1957 Folio (TV Series)
Mr. Bolfry
- Mr. Bolfry (1957) ... Mr. Bolfry
 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
 1952-1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Philip Sturgess / Will Ramillies
- The River Line (1955) ... Philip Sturgess
- Love in Albania (1952) ... Will Ramillies
 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
 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)
Show Show Self (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

(Late 1930s) Stage: Appeared in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (stage debut). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

James R.N. Donald | Jim Donald


5' 11" (1.8 m)

Did You Know?


Played cultivated but humorless gents in large-scale films in both the US and England. See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
The face of British civility Romi543
Beau Brummell kiskaloo
Looks Like King George VI avenger-16
Discuss James Donald on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page