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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 temperamental 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 »


(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 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)
 1956-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Schwedler / Montague Winthrop
- Death by Choice (1961) ... Schwedler
- The Burning Glass (1956) ... Montague Winthrop
 1961 The Mark
Andrew Clive
 1959-1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
James Saward / Col. Louis Defoe
- The Great Gold Bullion Robbery (1960) ... James Saward
- 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 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
- Volpone (1959) ... Volpone
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Doctor Callistratus
 1951-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Admiral Byng / Father Provincial / King John / ...
- The Trial of Admiral Byng (1958) ... Admiral Byng
- The Strong Are Lonely (1956) ... Father Provincial
- David Garrick (1951) ... David Garrick
 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
 1957 The Accursed
Colonel Price
 1956 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Judge Dee
- The Black Judge (1956) ... Judge Dee
 1956 Who Goes Home? (TV Movie)
The Prime Minister
 1956 Satellite in the Sky
 1956 Guilty?
 1956 The Man in the Road
Prof. Cattrell
 1955 A Man on the Beach (Short)
 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
- Two of a Kind (1955) ... Karnas
 1955 A Prize of Gold
 1954 Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop
Uncle Willie
 1948 The Light of Heart (TV Movie)
Maddoc Thomas
 1939 England's Shakespeare (Documentary short)
 1938 The Claydon Treasure Mystery
Executive (uncredited)
 1936 Calling the Tune
Dick Finlay
 1935 Hyde Park Corner
Howard (uncredited)
 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 the Shakespeare Birthday Festival at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ralph Richardson, Flora Robson, Athene Seyler, Ben Greet, Ernest Milton, Dorothy Green, Harcourt Williams, Martita Hunt, Roger Livesey, Ursula Jeans, Frank Napier, Leslie French, Margaret Webster, and James Mason in the cast. Tyrone ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Donald Wolfit

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Sir Donald's first professional acting work was done in the 1920s, in the company of a now-forgotten actor-manager named Charles Doran. Sir Ralph Richardson got his start in the same company and at the same time. The two future actor-knights were not friends. See more »

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