, David Niven became involved in a training film for the British Home Guard (British Army) titled "Unarmed Combat". The instructor is none other than Capt. W. E. Fairbairn and the narrator is Niven. Former Shanghai Municipal Policeman Fairbairn had been Niven's close combat instructor when he joined the Commandos in 1940.
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David Niven the World's Greatest Juggler | David Nivens
5' 11¼" (1.81 m)
William Edward Graham Niven
| Henriette Julia Degacher
Did You Know?
[About the costumes he wore during Bonnie Prince Charlie
(1948)] I asked Jack Hawkins
to tell me honestly if I looked like a prick. He said, "Yes, and so do I". And he did, too. We all looked like pricks.
Niven's father, Lt. William Edward Graham Niven, was killed during World War I at the battle of Gallipoli on 21 August 1915, aged 38, while serving with the Berkshire Yeomanry. He was reported missing until 1917. A landowner, William Niven left a widow, Henriette Julia (née Degacher), of French and Welsh descent, and four children (Max, David, Joyce, and Grizel).
[names]: his characters are often named after his real-life friends, or refer to his real-life friends as sources of information.