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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 »


(age 53) in London, England, UK

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

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The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps Hannay
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Mr. Chips
The Citadel
The Citadel Andrew
The Private Life of Henry VIII.


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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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The chief thing in my mind was that I must appear dashing. I distinctly remember in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) pulling my shoulders back and trying to look handsome. See more »


He was offered the part of Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) but turned it down due to illness. See more »


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