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Roland Young (I) (1887–1953)

Best remembered for the many meek characters he played -- think Cosmo Topper, of the screwball classic ­­Topper (1937) -- this balding, short, yet distinguished actor was born in London, England, to an architect and his wife. Young was educated at Sherborne College and London University and trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. ... See full bio »

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 1953 That Man from Tangier
 1953 The Doctor (TV Series)
- Song for a Banker (1953) ... George
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- A Family Affair (1951) ... Sumner
 1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mr. Mummery
- Mr. Mummery's Suspicion (1951) ... Mr. Mummery
 1951 St. Benny the Dip
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
King Eric VIII
- The Queen's Husband (1951) ... King Eric VIII
 1950 Let's Dance
Edmund Pohlwhistle
 1949 The Great Lover
C.J. Dabney
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- All's Fair (1949)
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
Ralph Tutwiler
 1948 Bond Street
George Chester-Barrett
 1944 Standing Room Only
Ira Cromwell
 1943 Forever and a Day
Henry Barringer
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
 1942 The Lady Has Plans
Ronald Dean
 1941 Two-Faced Woman
O.O. Miller
 1941 The Flame of New Orleans
Charles Giraud
 1940 Irene
Mr. Smith
 1940 Star Dust
Thomas Brooke
 1940 He Married His Wife
Bill Carter
 1939 The Night of Nights
Barry Keith-Trimble
 1939 Here I Am a Stranger
Professor Daniels
 1939 Yes, My Darling Daughter
Titus Jaywood
 1938 The Young in Heart
'Sahib' Carleton
 1938 Sailing Along
Anthony Gulliver
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
 1937 Gypsy
Alan Brooks
 1936 Give Me Your Heart
Tubbs Barrow
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
 1936 The Unguarded Hour
 1934 Here Is My Heart
Prince Nicholas / Nicki
 1933 Pleasure Cruise
Andrew Poole
 1933 A Lady's Profession
Lord Reginald Withers
 1932 They Just Had to Get Married
Hillary Hume
 1932 Wedding Rehearsal
Reggie Buckley Candysshe - Marquis of Buckminster
 1932 Street of Women
Linkhorne 'Link' Gibson
 1932 This Is the Night
Gerald Gray
 1932 One Hour with You
Professor Olivier
 1932 Lovers Courageous
 1931 The Guardsman
The Critic
 1931 The Pagan Lady
Dr. Heath
 1931 Annabelle's Affairs
Roland Wimbleton
 1931 The Prodigal
Doc aka Somerset Greenman
 1931 All Women are Bad
Herbert Drake
 1930 New Moon
Count Strogoff
 1930 Madam Satan
Jimmy Wade
 1930 The Bishop Murder Case
Sigurd Arnesson
 1929 Wise Girls
Duke Merrill
 1929 The Unholy Night
Lord Montague
 1929 Her Private Life
 1928 Walls Tell Tales (Short)
 1926/II Camille (Short)
Lord Kyne
 1924 Grit
Houdini Hart
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Stage Play: Good Gracious Annabelle. Written by Clare Kummer. Theatre Republic: 31 Oct 1916- Feb 1917 (closing date unknown/111 performances). Cast: Harry C. Bradley, J. Palmer Collins, Lola Fisher, Ruth Harding, Edwin Holland, Harry Ingram, Helen Lee, Mac Macomber, Edwin Nicander, Willis Reed, Walter Schellin, May Vokes, Roland Young. ... See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Dorothy was his second wife.

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Oddly, he's really attractive... rainmaker_freefall
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