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Robert Donat (1905–1958)


Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His other handicap, acute asthma, did not deter him. At ... See full bio »

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(age 53) in London, England, UK

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps Hannay
(1935)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Mr. Chips
(1939)
The Citadel
The Citadel Andrew
(1938)
The Private Life of Henry VIII.
(1933)

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He recorded a selection of poems from T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" for Angel/EMI Records. The recording featured background music by Alan Rawsthorne. (One of the poems was sung by Donat, but to Rawsthorne's music, not to the music that Andrew Lloyd Webber would later compose for "Cats", the popular stage ... See more »

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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One of the reasons why so few actors are successful both on the stage and on the screen is that too many film actors look upon filming as a rather boring, well-paid job. Their performances in front of the camera, if also rather boring, are not quite so much of a joke. See more »

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His first wife Ella was remarried in 1956, becoming Ella Hall. She passed away in Sussex in the summer of 1994, aged 91. See more »

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