David Niven (I) (1910–1983)

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James David Graham Niven was born on the feast day of St David, patron Saint of Wales. Although registered as the son of his mother's husband (William Edward Graham Niven), he was, in fact, the result of one of the many extra-marital flings she enjoyed while her husband was off fighting in the First World War. Following Niven senior's death at ... See full bio »

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Murder by Death Dick Charleston
Separate Tables Major Angus Pollock
Casino Royale Sir James Bond
The Pink Panther Sir Charles Lytton


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 1983 Curse of the Pink Panther
Sir Charles Litton
 1983 Better Late Than Never
Nick Cartland
 1982 Trail of the Pink Panther
Sir Charles Litton
 1980 The Sea Wolves
Colonel W. H. Grice
 1980 Rough Cut
Chief Insp. Cyril Willis
 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV Mini-Series)
Sir William Stephenson
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Sir William Stephenson
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Sir William Stephenson
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Sir William Stephenson
 1979 Escape to Athena
Professor Blake
 1978 Death on the Nile
Colonel Race
 1977 Candleshoe
 1976 Murder by Death
Dick Charleston
 1976 No Deposit, No Return
J.W. Osborne
 1975 The Remarkable Rocket (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1975 Paper Tiger
'Major' Bradbury
 1974 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
The Ghost - Sir Simon de Canterville
 1974 Old Dracula
Count Dracula
 1972 King, Queen, Knave
Charles Dreyer
 1971 The Statue
Alex Bolt
 1969 The Brain
Colonel Carol Matthews
 1969 The Extraordinary Seaman
Lt. Commander Finchhaven, R.N.
 1968 Before Winter Comes
Major Burnside
 1968 The Impossible Years
Jonathan Kingsley
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Gerald Hardcastle
 1967 Casino Royale
Sir James Bond
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Philippe de Montfaucon
 1966 Where the Spies Are
Dr. Jason Love
 1965 Lady L
Dicky, Lord Lendale
 1964-1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Alec Fleming
- A Daring Step Backward (1965) ... Alec Fleming
- Mr. White's Christmas (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
- Grave Doubts (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
- Wherefore Art Thou, Harold? (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
- Our Men in Marawat (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
 1964 Bedtime Story
Lawrence Jameson
 1963 The Pink Panther
Sir Charles Lytton
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Harvey Cleeve
- Who Killed Billy Jo? (1963) ... Harvey Cleeve (as David Niven the World's Greatest Juggler)
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Sir Arthur Robertson
 1963 The Shortest Day
Soldato inglese (uncredited)
 1962 Conquered City
Maj. Peter Whitfield
 1962 Guns of Darkness
Tom Jordan
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong
Lama Who Remembers Lady Chatterley's Lover (uncredited)
 1961 The Best of Enemies
Maj. Richardson
 1961 The Guns of Navarone
Cpl. John Anthony Miller
 1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Laurence Mackay
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Marcus Dodds
- The Trench Coat (1960) ... Marcus Dodds
 1959 Happy Anniversary
Chris Walters
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Miles Doughton
 1957-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Cameo / Milo Brant / Allen Raikes
- Checkmate (1959) ... Cameo (uncredited)
- The Accuser (1958) ... Milo Brant
- Village of Fear (1957) ... Allen Raikes
 1958 Separate Tables
Major Angus Pollock
 1957-1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Charles Enright / 'Jeffrey Collins' / Paul Evans / ...
- Decision by Terror (1958) ... Charles Enright
- Taps for Jeffrey (1958) ... 'Jeffrey Collins'
- Episode #1.11 (1957) ... Paul Evans
- The Tinhorn (1957) ... Jeff Carleton
- Danger by Night (1957) ... Alan Kevin
 1957-1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Medhill / Ray Crittenden / Paul Martel / ...
- My Wife's Next Husband (1958) ... Robert Medhill
- The Fatal Charm (1958) ... Ray Crittenden
- Night Caller (1958) ... Paul Martel
- In the Dark (1958) ... Paul Evans
- Episode dated 23 December 1957 (1957) ... Jeff Carleton
 1958 Bonjour Tristesse
 1957 The Return of Phileas Fogg (Short)
Phileas Fogg
 1957 My Man Godfrey
Godfrey Smith
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
 1957 The Little Hut
Henry Brittingham-Brett
 1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
Dr. Alan Coles
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Phileas Fogg
 1956 The Silken Affair
Roger Tweakham
 1952-1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Lee / Ted / Jim Kenyon / ...
- Second Chance (1956) ... Lee
- Touch and Go (1956) ... Ted
- The Rites of Spring (1956) ... Jim Kenyon
- Red Wine (1956) ... David
- Safe Keeping (1956) ... Frank
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Colonel Patrick Henry Harris
 1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
- The Thin Line (1956) ... Johnny
 1955 The King's Thief
James - Duke of Brampton
 1954 Court Martial
 1954 Tonight's the Night
Jasper O'Leary
 1954 The Love Lottery
Rex Allerton
 1953 The Moon Is Blue
David Slater
 1952-1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Sword Play (1952)
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Sheffield Story (1952) ... Sheffield
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Alan Squier
- The Petrified Forest (1952) ... Alan Squier
 1952 Chesterfield Presents (TV Series)
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- The Willow and I (1952)
 1951 The Lady Says No
Bill Shelby
 1951 Island Rescue
Maj. Valentine Moreland
 1951 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Not a Chance (1951)
 1951 Soldiers Three
Capt. Pindenny
 1951 Happy Go Lovely
B.G. Bruno
 1950 The Fighting Pimpernel
Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet Pimpernel
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur Carstairs
- Portrait of Lydia (1950) ... Arthur Carstairs
 1950 The Toast of New Orleans
Jacques Riboudeaux
 1949 A Kiss for Corliss
Kenneth Marquis
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark
Eric Phillips
 1948 Enchantment
General Sir Roland Dane
 1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
Prince Charles Edward Stuart
 1947 The Bishop's Wife
Henry Brougham
 1947 The Other Love
Dr. Anthony Stanton
 1946 Magnificent Doll
Aaron Burr
 1946 The Perfect Marriage
Dale Williams
 1946 A Matter of Life and Death
Peter Carter
 1944 The Way Ahead
Lt. Jim Perry
 1942 Spitfire
Geoffrey Crisp
 1939 Raffles
 1939 Eternally Yours
Tony aka The Great Arturo
 1939 The Real Glory
Lieut. Terence McCool
 1939 Bachelor Mother
David Merlin
 1939 Wuthering Heights
 1938 The Dawn Patrol
 1938 Three Blind Mice
Steve Harrington
 1938 Four Men and a Prayer
Christopher Leigh
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Albert De Regnier
 1937 Dinner at the Ritz
Paul de Brack
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
Fritz von Tarlenheim
 1937 We Have Our Moments
Joe Gilling
 1936 Beloved Enemy
Gerald Preston
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Capt. Randall
 1936 Thank You, Jeeves!
Bertie Wooster
 1936 Dodsworth
Captain Lockert
 1936 Palm Springs
George Britell
 1936 Rose-Marie
Teddy (as David Nivens)
 1935 Splendor
Clancey Lorrimore
 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
 1935 A Feather in Her Hat
Leo Cartwright
 1935 Barbary Coast
Cockney Sailor Thrown Out of Saloon (uncredited)
 1935 Without Regret
Bill Gage
 1934 Cleopatra
Slave (uncredited)
 1933 Eyes of Fate
Man at Race Course (uncredited)
 1932 There Goes the Bride
Bit Role (uncredited)
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(8/17/49) Radio: Appeared in NBC University Theater's adaptation of George Orwell's "1984". See more »

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12 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 6 Interviews | 9 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 19 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

David Niven the World's Greatest Juggler | David Nivens


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[on Audrey Hepburn] A great lady. It's quite an achievement to spend that long in Hollywood and not become a Hollywood product. She always maneuvered around that--and that takes intelligence. She was always her own person. See more »


The title of his autobiography, "Bring on the Empty Horses", is taken from a command given by director Michael Curtiz during the filming of The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) in which Niven had a featured part. Curtiz, a Hungarian notorious for his poor command of English, wanted a lot of riderless horses in the background of the climactic charge, but couldn't make himself understood to his ... See more »


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