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Robert Helpmann (1909–1986)


Son of James Murray Helpmann & Mary (nee Gardiner), he was educated at Prince Alfred's College, Adelaide, South Australia. He first danced solo at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922. He went on to become the principal dancer at Sadlers Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950. World renowned as a dancer and choreographer, amongst his ... See full bio »

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(age 77) in Sydney, Australia

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Known For

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Child Catcher
(1968)
The Mango Tree Professor
(1977)
Don Quixote Don Quixote
(1973)
The Tales of Hoffmann Lindorf / Coppelius / Dapertutto / Dr Miracle
(1951)

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 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
Major Ivan Kropotkin
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
The caller
- Box for One (1953) ... The caller
 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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Other Works:

He performed in Ninette De Valois' ballet, "The Rake's Progress," and Frederick Ashton's ballet, "Birthday Offering," and "Facade" in a Sadler's Wells Ballet production (Silver Anniversary Celebration) at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Margot Fonteyn, Leslie Edwards, Julia Farron, Beryl Gray, Nadia... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Robert Helpmann
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Personal Quote:

"He wasn't a great actor. He wasn't a great dancer. But he was most certainly a great mime--the perfect bridge between the two." --Moira Shearer See more »

Trivia:

He was died on 28 September 1986 and cremated after a state funeral in St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently partnered with Margot Fonteyn and Moira Shearer See more »

Nickname:

Sir Bobby

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Aries

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