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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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Other Works:

He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Devil's Disciple," at the Golders Green Hippodrome in Golders Green, London, England in an Old Vic Theatre production with Stewart Granger, Sonia Dresdel Andrew Cruickshank, and Max Adrian in the cast. Esme Church was director. See more »

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)] "As soon as I put the moustache on, I felt the part, even if I did look like a great airedale come out of a puddle." See more »

Trivia:

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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Star Sign:

Pisces

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