Ronald Colman (I) (1891–1958)


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British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his father's death cost him the financial support necessary. He ... See full bio »

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Known For

Random Harvest Charles Rainier
(1942)
Bulldog Drummond Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
(1929)
A Double Life Anthony John
(1947)
Lost Horizon Robert Conway
(1937)

Filmography

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 1957 The Story of Mankind
The Spirit of Man
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Graham
- The Chess Game (1956) ... Graham
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Great Indian Peninsular Railway Official
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Artist
- Perfect Likeness (1956) ... Artist
 1954-1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
Dr. William Todhunter Hall
- The Dean of Women (1955) ... Dr. William Todhunter Hall
- Hooliganism (1955) ... Dr. William Todhunter Hall
- Dr. Spatzen (1955) ... Dr. William Todhunter Hall
- Maxwell's Comet (1955) ... Dr. William Todhunter Hall
- The Voice of Ivy's Vine (1955) ... Dr. William Todhunter Hall
 1952-1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Narrator / Dr. Bosanquent / Cameron / ...
- A String of Beads (1954) ... Narrator
- Ladies on His Mind (1953) ... Dr. Bosanquent
- The Man Who Walked Out on Himself (1953) ... Cameron (as Ronald Coleman)
- The Lost Silk Hat (1952) ... Caller
 1950 Champagne for Caesar
Beauregard Bottomley
 1947 A Double Life
Anthony John
 1947 The Late George Apley
George Apley
 1944 Kismet
Hafiz
 1942 Random Harvest
Charles Rainier
 1942 The Talk of the Town
Professor Michael Lightcap
 1941 My Life with Caroline
Anthony Mason
 1940 Lucky Partners
David Grant
 1939 The Light That Failed
Dick Heldar
 1938 If I Were King
François Villon
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
Major Rudolf Rassendyll / The Prisoner of Zenda
 1937 Lost Horizon
Robert Conway
 1936 Under Two Flags
Sgt. Victor
 1935 A Tale of Two Cities
Sydney Carton
 1935 Clive of India
Robert Clive
 1934 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
 1933 The Masquerader
Sir John Chilcote / John Loder, His Cousin
 1932 Cynara
Jim Warlock
 1931 Arrowsmith
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
 1931 The Unholy Garden
Barrington Hunt
 1930 The Devil to Pay!
Willie Hale
 1930 Terra Melophon Magazin Nr. 1 (Short) (episode "Welches ist ihr Typ")
 1930 Raffles
A.J. Raffles
 1929 Condemned!
Michel Oman
 1929 Bulldog Drummond
Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
 1929 The Rescue
Tom Lingard
 1928 Two Lovers
Mark Van Rycke
 1927 The Magic Flame
Tito the Clown / The Count
 1927 The Night of Love
Montero
 1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth
Willard Holmes
 1926 Beau Geste
Michael 'Beau' Geste
 1926 Kiki
Victor Renal
 1925 Lady Windermere's Fan
Lord Darlington
 1925 Stella Dallas
Stephen Dallas
 1925 The Dark Angel
Captain Alan Trent
 1925 Her Sister from Paris
Joseph Weyringer
 1925 His Supreme Moment
John Douglas
 1925 The Sporting Venus
Donald MacAllan
 1925 A Thief in Paradise
Maurice Blake
 1924 Romola
Carlo Bucellini
 1924 Her Night of Romance
Paul Menford
 1924 Tarnish
Emmet Carr
 1924 Twenty Dollars a Week
Chester Reeves
 1923 The Eternal City
Extra (uncredited)
 1923 The White Sister
Capt. Giovanni Severini
 1921 Handcuffs or Kisses
Lodyard
 1920 Foolish Monte Carlo
Vicomte de Beaurais
 1920 A Son of David
Maurice Phillips
 1920 Anna the Adventuress
Brendan
 1919 Snow in the Desert
Rupert Sylvester
 1919 Sheba
Bit part (uncredited)
 1919 A Daughter of Eve
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1919 The Toilers
Bob
 1917 The Live Wire (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: Recorded the complete sonnets of William Shakespeare in a multi-LP box set, and played Scrooge in an American Decca recording of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". It became a classic and was reissued on LP throughout the 1950s and '60s. It has recently been released by Deutsche Grammophon on CD. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 21 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ronald Coleman

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Benita Hume  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Charles Colman | Marjory Read Fraser
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I loathe war. I'm inclined to be bitter about the politics of munitions and real estate, which are the reasons of war. It certainly taught me to value the quiet life and strengthened my conviction that to keep as far out of range of vision as possible is to to be as safe as possible. See more »

Trivia:

Appeared in six Oscar Best Picture nominees: Arrowsmith (1931), A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Lost Horizon (1937), The Talk of the Town (1942), Random Harvest (1942) and Around the World in 80 Days (1956), with the last of these the only winner. See more »

Trademark:

Rich, mellifluous voice

Nickname:

Ronnie

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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