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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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 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 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
- 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
 1939 The Rake's Progress (TV Movie)
The Rake
 1939 Checkmate (TV Movie)
Red King
 1939 Arlecchino (TV Movie)
 1937 Carnaval (TV Movie)
 1937 Les patineurs (TV Movie)
White Couple
 1936 Façade (TV Movie)
 1936 Job (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

He acted in Noel Coward's play, "Nude with Violin," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Zena Dare, Patience Collier, and Kathleen Harrison in the cast. Noel Coward and John Gielgud were directors. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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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 »


He was made a KBE (Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1968 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to dance. See more »


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