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Robert Helpmann (1909–1986)


Son of James Murray Helpmann & Mary (nee Gardiner), he was educated at Prince Alfred's College, Adelaide, South Australia. He first danced solo at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922. He went on to become the pricipal dancer at Sadlers Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950. World renowned as a dancer and choreographer, amongst his ... See full bio »

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(age 77) in Sydney, Australia

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 1987 Don Quixote of La Mancha (TV Movie)
Don Quixote (voice, as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1985 A Country Practice (TV Series)
Sir Adrian Dormin
- Save the Last Dance for Me: Part 2 (1985) ... Sir Adrian Dormin (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
- Save the Last Dance for Me: Part 1 (1985) ... Sir Adrian Dormin (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1978 Puzzle (TV Movie)
Shepherd (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1969 Cinderella (TV Movie)
Ugly Stepsister
 1968 Contrabandits (TV Series)
Donald Steele
- In for a Penny (1968) ... Donald Steele
 1964 French Cricket (TV Movie)
Fouche
 1964 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Fouche
- Catch as Catch Can (1964) ... Fouche
 1963 Checkmate (TV Movie)
The White King
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Prince Tuan
 1962 The Ghost Sonata (TV Movie)
The Old Man
 1959 The Soldier's Tale (TV Movie)
The Devil
 1958 Box for One (TV Movie)
 1958 The Big Money
The Reverend
 1956 The Iron Petticoat
Ivan Kropotkin
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
The caller
- Box for One (1953) ... The caller
 1948 The Red Shoes
Ivan Boleslawsky
 1946 Caravan
Wycroft
 1939 Arlecchino (TV Movie)
Arlecchino
 1936 Job (TV Movie)
Satan
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Other Works:

He and Pauline Grant choreographed Edvard Grieg, Robert Wright, George Forrest's musical, "Song of Norway," in a Charles Hickman production at the Palace Theatre in London, England with Janet Hamilton-Smith, John Hargreaves, Arthur Servent, Halina Victoria, Bernard Ansell, Moyra Fraser, John Pygram, and John Lawski in the cast. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Robert Helpmann
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Personal Quote:

Theatre remains the only thing I understand. It is in the community of the theatre that I have my being. In spite of jealousies and fears, emotional conflicts and human tensions; in spite of the penalty of success and the dread of failure; in spite of tears and feverish gaiety -- this is the only life I know. It is the life I love. See more »

Trivia:

Was the person who showed American actress Katharine Hepburn her first Lyrebirds during a working tour of Australia, when they co-starred in Shakespearian plays. See more »

Nickname:

Sir Bobby

Star Sign:

Aries

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