Roland Young (I) (1887–1953)

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Fondly remembered for his many deceptively meek, erudite characters played on film -- think Cosmo Topper, of the screwball classic Topper (1937) -- this short (5'6"), balding, highly distinguished actor was born in London, England on November 11,1887, to an architect and his wife. Young was educated at Sherborne College and University College ... See full bio »

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Topper Mr. Cosmo Topper
The Philadelphia Story Uncle Willie
King Solomon's Mines Commander Good
No, No, Nanette Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith


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 1953 That Man from Tangier
 1953 The Doctor (TV Series)
- Song for a Banker (1953) ... George
 1951-1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- Topper (1952)
- Mr. Pim Passes (1951)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- A Family Affair (1951) ... Sumner
 1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Harold. Mummery
- Mr. Mummery's Suspicion (1951) ... Harold. Mummery
 1951 St. Benny the Dip
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
King Eric VIII
- The Queen's Husband (1951) ... King Eric VIII
 1950 Let's Dance
Edmund Pohlwhistle
 1949 The Great Lover
C.J. Dabney
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- All's Fair (1949)
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
Ralph Tutwiler
 1948 Bond Street
George Chester-Barrett
 1945 And Then There Were None
Detective William Henry Blore
 1944 Standing Room Only
Ira Cromwell
 1943 Forever and a Day
Henry Barringer
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
 1942 The Lady Has Plans
Ronald Dean
 1941 Two-Faced Woman
O.O. Miller
 1941 The Flame of New Orleans
Charles Giraud
 1941 Topper Returns
Cosmo Topper
 1940 No, No, Nanette
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith
 1940 The Philadelphia Story
Uncle Willie
 1940 Dulcy
Roger Forbes
 1940 Private Affairs
Amos Bullerton
 1940 Irene
Mr. Smith
 1940 Star Dust
Thomas Brooke
 1940 He Married His Wife
Bill Carter
 1939 The Night of Nights
Barry Keith-Trimble
 1939 Here I Am a Stranger
Prof. Daniels
 1939 Yes, My Darling Daughter
Titus Jaywood
 1938 Topper Takes a Trip
Mr. Topper
 1938 The Young in Heart
'Sahib' Carleton
 1938 Sailing Along
Anthony Gulliver
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
 1937 Topper
Mr. Cosmo Topper
 1937 King Solomon's Mines
Commander Good
 1937 Call It a Day
Frank Haines
 1937 Gypsy
Alan Brooks
 1936 Give Me Your Heart
Tubbs Barrow
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles
George McWhirter Fotheringay
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
 1936 The Unguarded Hour
 1935 Ruggles of Red Gap
George--Earl of Burnstead
 1935 David Copperfield
Uriah Heep
 1934 Here Is My Heart
Prince Nicholas / Nicki
 1933 His Double Life
Priam Farrel
 1933 Blind Adventure
The Burglar
 1933 Pleasure Cruise
Andrew Poole
 1933 A Lady's Profession
Lord Reginald Withers
 1932 They Just Had to Get Married
Hillary Hume
 1932 Wedding Rehearsal
The Marquis of Buckminster
 1932 Street of Women
Linkhorne 'Link' Gibson
 1932 This Is the Night
Gerald Gray
 1932 One Hour with You
Professor Olivier
 1932 A Woman Commands
King Alexander
 1932 Lovers Courageous
 1931 The Guardsman
The Critic
 1931 The Pagan Lady
Dr. Heath
 1931 The Squaw Man
Sir John Applegate
 1931 Annabelle's Affairs
Roland Wimbleton
 1931 The Prodigal
Doc aka Somerset Greenman
 1931 Don't Bet on Women
Herbert Drake
 1930 New Moon
Count Strogoff
 1930 Madam Satan
Jimmy Wade
 1929 The Bishop Murder Case
Sigurd Arnesson
 1929 Wise Girls
Duke Merrill
 1929 The Unholy Night
Lord Montague
 1929 Her Private Life
 1928 Walls Tell Tales (Short)
 1926/II Camille (Short)
Lord Kyne
 1924 Grit
Houdini Hart
 1922 Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Watson
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Stage Play: John Gabriel Borkman. Drama (revival). Written by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Emanuel Reicher [earliest Broadway credit]. Lyceum Theatre: 1 Apr 1915- 3 Apr 1915 (3 performances). Cast: Inez Banghart, Paul Gordon, Alice Harrington, Alma Kruger, Thais Lawton, Emanuel Reicher (as "John Gabriel Borkman"), Edith Seabury, Roland Young.... See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Appeared in four Best Picture nominees: One Hour with You (1932), David Copperfield (1935), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) and The Philadelphia Story (1940). See more »

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