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Date of Birth 20 January 1928Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Birth NamePierre Collingwood Donat

Mini Bio (1)

The Cando-American actor Peter Donat had a 50-year-long career in TV, motion pictures and theater. So respected was Donat, that Francis Ford Coppola considered casting him in the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) that went to Robert Duvall.

The nephew of Oscar-winning actor Robert Donat, Peter was born Pierre Collingwood Donat on January 20, 1928 in Kentville, Nova Scotia. His father, landscape gardener Philip Donat, was Anglo-Canadian while his Marie (née Bardet) was French-Canadian.

In 1950, the 22-year-old Donat moved to the United States to study drama at Yale. (He is a naturalized U.S. citizen.) Donat frequently returned to Canada for acting work, appearing in the lead in a 1961 production of Donald Jack's play "The Canvas Barricade" at the Stratford Festival. He was also in the Canadian TV serial Moment of Truth (1964), which was broadcast on a commercial TV in the States.

Peter Donat was married for 16 years to Emmy-winner Michael Learned. The couple, who divorced in 1972, had three children. when they divorced. They have three children - Caleb, Christopher and Lucas.

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Spouse (2)

Marijke DeJong (9 February 1983 - present)
Michael Learned (8 September 1956 - 14 February 1972) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

Nephew of actor Robert Donat.
Naturalized U.S. citizen.
Father of 3 sons: Chris, Caleb and Lucas Donat.
One of his sons, former actor Lucas Donat, born to Peter and then-wife Michael Learned, appeared as a teenager in Damien: Omen II (1978). He went on to become the co-founder and CEO of Donat/Wald Co., an advertising agency responsible for the highly successful eHarmony commercials. He married Traci Wald in 1984, who is the daughter of Jeff Wald and singer Helen Reddy.
Brother of actor Richard Donat.
Father-in-law of Traci Wald Donat.
Cousin of actor John Donat.
Appears in The Godfather: Part II (1974), in which Robert De Niro won an Oscar for taking over Marlon Brando's Oscar-winning role. This made them the first and, to date, only pair of actors to both win an Oscar for the same part. They were neither the first nor last pair of actors to share such a nomination, however. Another notable pair: Peter's uncle Robert Donat won the Oscar for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), while Peter O'Toole was nominated for the remake in 1969. Richard Dreyfuss was nominated for a similar role in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). Peter himself has played Cyrano de Bergerac, a role what won an Oscar for José Ferrer and a nomination for Gérard Depardieu.
He was considered for the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall was cast. He was eventually cast as Questadt in The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Appeared in three films with Michael Douglas: The China Syndrome (1979), The War of the Roses (1989) and The Game (1997).

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