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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 3 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 acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Jessica Tandy, Alec Guinness, Constance Cummings, and Marie Ney in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

He said that his favourite actors were Charles Chaplin, Paul Muni, Spencer Tracy, Greta Garbo and Deanna Durbin. See more »

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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