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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 »

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 1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher
Dr. Augustus Fagan
 1966 The Sandwich Man
Car Salesman
 1963 Dr. Crippen
R.D. Muir (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
 1961 The Mark
Andrew Clive
 1960 The Hands of Orlac
Professor Volchett (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
 1959 The House of the Seven Hawks
Inspector Van Der Stoor
 1959 Portrait of a Sinner
Lord Drewell
 1959 The Angry Hills
Dr. Stergion
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Doctor Callistratus
 1957 The Accursed
Colonel Price
 1956 Satellite in the Sky
 1956 Guilty?
 1956 The Man in the Road
Prof. Cattrell
 1955 A Prize of Gold
 1954 Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop
Uncle Willie
 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
 1931 Down River
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(Autumn 1953) He acted in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The School for Scandal," at the King's Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Rosalind Iden, Dorothy Green, Michael Blythe, Ellen Pollock, John Wynyard, Ernest Hare, David Oxley, and Ronald Harwood in the cast. Baliol Holloway was director. See more »

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Sir Donald Wolfit

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He had a particular hatred of Sir John Gielgud, who claimed that he always worried whenever Wolfit had a big success in case "he now had the money to hire men to murder me". It was said that Wolfit could never bring himself to utter Gielgud's name, "save with a hiss". The two men nonetheless worked together in the film "Becket" with no injuries on either side. See more »

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