Robert Helpmann (1909–1986)


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Robert Murray Helpmann was born in Mount Gambier, Australia, as the eldest of three children born to stock and station agent James Murray Helpman and Mary Gardiner. After the family moved to Adelaide in 1914, Helpmann was educated at Prince Alfred's College, but he soon left school at the age of 14 to focus on dance, specifically ballet. He was ... See full bio »

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Child Catcher
(1968)
The Mango Tree Professor
(1977)
The Red Shoes Ivan Boleslawsky
(1948)
Don Quixote Don Quixote
(1973)

Filmography

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 1987 Don Quixote of La Mancha (TV Movie)
Don Quixote (voice, as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1985 A Country Practice (TV Series)
Sir Adrian Dormin
- Save the Last Dance for Me: Part 2 (1985) ... Sir Adrian Dormin (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
- Save the Last Dance for Me: Part 1 (1985) ... Sir Adrian Dormin (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1984 Second Time Lucky
The Devil
 1978 Puzzle (TV Movie)
Shepherd (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1978 Patrick
Doctor Roget
 1977 The Mango Tree
Professor
 1973 Don Quixote
Don Quixote
 1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Mad Hatter
 1970 Cinderella (TV Movie)
Ugly Stepsister
 1970 BP Super Show (TV Series)
Don Quixote
- Episode dated 1 August 1970 (1970) ... Don Quixote
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Child Catcher
 1968 Contrabandits (TV Series)
Donald Steele
- In for a Penny (1968) ... Donald Steele
 1964 The Soldier's Tale
The Devil
 1964 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Fouche
- Catch as Catch Can (1964) ... Fouche
 1963 Checkmate (TV Movie)
The White King
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Prince Tuan
 1962 The Ghost Sonata (TV Movie)
The Old Man
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Sebastien
- Nude with Violin (1959) ... Sebastien
 1959 The Soldier's Tale (TV Movie)
The Devil
 1958 Box for One (TV Movie)
 1957 Coppélia (TV Movie)
Dr. Coppélius
 1957 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Georges de Valera
- Nekrassov (1957) ... Georges de Valera
 1956 The Big Money
The Reverend
 1956 The Iron Petticoat
Ivan Kropotkin
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
The caller
- Box for One (1953) ... The caller
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Two for Tea (1953)
 1951 The Tales of Hoffmann
Lindorf / Coppelius / Dapertutto / ...
 1948 The Red Shoes
Ivan Boleslawsky
 1946 Caravan
Wycroft
 1944 Henry V
Bishop of Ely
 1939 The Rake's Progress (TV Movie)
The Rake
 1939 The Sleeping Princess (TV Movie)
Prince Charming
 1939 Checkmate (TV Movie)
Red King
 1939 Arlecchino (TV Movie)
Arlecchino
 1937 Le lac des cygnes (TV Movie)
The Prince Siegfried
 1937 Carnaval (TV Movie)
Eusebius
 1937 Les patineurs (TV Movie)
White Couple
 1936 Job (TV Movie)
Satan
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He played Hamlet in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Pamela Brown (Ophelia) in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Robert Helpmann

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)

Parents:

Helpmann, James Murray | Helpmann, Mary

Relatives:

Sheila Helpmann (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

Theatre remains the only thing I understand. It is in the community of the theatre that I have my being. In spite of jealousies and fears, emotional conflicts and human tensions; in spite of the penalty of success and the dread of failure; in spite of tears and feverish gaiety -- this is the only life I know. It is the life I love. See more »

Trivia:

He was awarded Knight of the Order of the North Star in Sweden in 1954. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently partnered with Margot Fonteyn and Moira Shearer See more »

Nickname:

Sir Bobby

Star Sign:

Aries

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