Robert Donat (1905–1958)


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Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His other handicap, acute asthma, did not deter him. At ... See full bio »

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(age 53) in London, England, UK

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The 39 Steps Richard Hannay
(1935)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Mr. Chips
(1939)
(1934)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
(1958)

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 1958 The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
William Friese-Greene
- The Magic Box (1956) ... William Friese-Greene
 1954 Lease of Life
William Thorne
 1951 The Magic Box
William Friese-Greene
 1949 The Cure for Love
Sergeant Jack Hardacre
 1948 The Winslow Boy
Sir Robert Morton
 1947 Captain Boycott
Charles Stewart Parnell
 1945 Vacation from Marriage
Robert Wilson
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
Actor (uncredited)
 1943 The Adventures of Tartu
Capt. Terence Stevenson
 1942 The Young Mr. Pitt
The Earl of Chatham and William Pitt
 1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Mr. Chips
 1938 The Citadel
Andrew Manson
 1937 Knight Without Armor
A.J. Fothergill
 1935 The Ghost Goes West
Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie
 1935 The 39 Steps
Richard Hannay
 1934 The Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dantes
 1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII
Thomas Culpeper
 1933 For Love or Money
Paul Martin
 1932 Over Night
Dick Warren
 1932 Men of Tomorrow
Julian Angell
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Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," at the Streatham Hill Theatre in Streatham Hill, London, England in an Old Vic Theatre production with Constance Cummings, Stewart Granger, Sonia Dresdel, Andrew Cruickshank, Andre Morell, Max Adrian, and Marie Ney in the cast. Esme Church was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)

Spouse:

Renée Asherson  (his death) | See more »

Children:

John Donat

Relatives:

Peter Donat (niece or nephew) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on his role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)] "As soon as I put the moustache on, I felt the part, even if I did look like a great airedale come out of a puddle." See more »

Trivia:

During theatre performances, the actor's asthma sometimes required the use of a mobile oxygen unit. This was kept somewhere in the wings, as and when Robert Donat required this. See more »

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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