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Donald Wolfit (1902–1968)


One of the great British stage actors of his era Donald Wolfit was noted for his magnificent portrayals of King Lear and Tamburlaine. Yet no actor of his generation was surrounded by more controversy. He was tempermental and difficult to deal with, enraged by criticism and tyrannical with the companies he led. Although his talent was never in any ... See full bio »

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(age 65) in London, England, UK

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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 1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher
Dr. Augustus Fagan
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Macbeth in 'Macbeth'
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Pastor Manders
- Ghosts (1968) ... Pastor Manders
 1966 The Sandwich Man
Car Salesman
 1963 Dr. Crippen
R.D. Muir (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
 1961 The Mark
Clive
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
- Charley's Aunt (1961)
 1959-1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Col. Louis Defoe
- The Last of the Brave (1959) ... Col. Louis Defoe
 1960 The Hands of Orlac
Professor Volchett (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Admiral Byng
- Admiral Byng (1960) ... Admiral Byng
 1959 The House of the Seven Hawks
Inspector Van Der Stoor
 1959 Portrait of a Sinner
Lord Drewell
 1959 After Hours (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (1959) ... (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
 1959 The Angry Hills
Dr. Stergion
 1959 Volpone (TV Movie)
Volpone
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Doctor Callistratus
 1958 The Killing Stones (TV Series)
de Haan
- The Bankrupting of Hammerman (1958) ... de Haan
- The Retirement of De Haan (1958) ... de Haan
- The Homecoming of Coetze (1958) ... de Haan
- The Fearfulness of Desai (1958) ... de Haan
- The Holiness of Ant Eater (1958) ... de Haan
 1958 The Master Builder (TV Movie)
Halvard Solness
 1957 The Accursed
Colonel Charles Price
 1956 London Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Black Judge (1956)
 1956 Satellite in the Sky
Prof. Merrity
 1956 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Montague Winthrop
- The Burning Glass (1956) ... Montague Winthrop
 1956 Guilty?
Judge
 1956 The Man in the Road
Prof. Cattrell
 1955 A Man on the Beach (Short)
Carter
 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
Karnas
- Two of a Kind (1955) ... Karnas
 1955 A Prize of Gold
Stratton
 1954 Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop
Uncle Willie
 1939 England's Shakespeare (Documentary short)
Hamlet
 1938 The Claydon Treasure Mystery
Executive (uncredited)
 1936 Calling the Tune
Dick Finlay
 1935 Hyde Park Corner
Howard
 1935 Late Extra
Inspector Greville
 1935 Checkmate
Jack Barton
 1935 The Silent Passenger
Henry Camberley
 1934 Death at a Broadcast
Sydney Parsons
 1934 Inasmuch... (Short)
St. Francis
 1931 Down River
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He acted in Gordon Daviot's play, "Richard of Bordeaux," at the New Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, George Howe, Walter Hudd, Clement McCallin, and Margaret Webster in the cast. John Gielgud was also director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Donald Wolfit
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Trivia:

In 1948, Donald finally married his longtime co-star, actress Rosalind Iden, who was the daughter of British director, actor and educator B. (Ben) Iden Payne (1881-1976) and Edwardian actress Mona Limerick. Dr. Payne was internationally known as a Shakespearean director and for his modified Elizabethan staging. He directed both Donald and his daughter in Stratford Festival productions of "Troilus... See more »

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