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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

Known For

Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia General Murray
(1962)
Becket
Becket Bishop Folliot
(1964)
Room at the Top
Room at the Top Mr. Brown
(1959)
Blood of the Vampire
Blood of the Vampire Doctor Callistratus
(1958)

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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
 1965 90 Degrees in the Shade
Bazant (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
 1964 Benbow Was His Name (TV Movie)
Admiral Benbow
 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 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Volpone
- Volpone (1959) ... Volpone
 1959 The Angry Hills
Dr. Stergion
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Doctor Callistratus
 1951-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
King John / Admiral The Hon. John Byng / Lucas Edgerton / ...
- The Trial of Admiral Byng (1958) ... Admiral The Hon. John Byng
- The Reclining Figure (1956) ... Lucas Edgerton
- The Strong Are Lonely (1956) ... Father Provincial
 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 Television World Theatre (TV Series)
Halvard Solness
- The Master Builder (1958) ... Halvard Solness
 1957 The Accursed
Colonel Price
 1956 A Man on the Beach (Short)
Carter
 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
Professor Merrity
 1956 Guilty?
Judge
 1956 The Man in the Road
Professor Cattrell
 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
 1954 This Is Show Business (TV Series)
- Episode #3.1 (1954)
 1948 The Light of Heart (TV Movie)
Maddoc Thomas
 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 (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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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Brember Wills, Gyles Isham, and Martita Hunt in the cast. Harcourt Williams was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Donald Wolfit
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Personal Quote:

Garrick is my yardstick.

Trivia:

At the time that Laurence Olivier first played Richard III onstage in 1944, Wolfit's Richard had set the standard and was considered definitive, but Olivier's portrayal easily surpassed Wolfit's, and became the new standard by which other performances of the role have been judged. See more »

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