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Also Known As: Died: August 3, 1993
Born: May 18, 1917 Cause of Death: stomach cancer
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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The film career of Scotsman James Donald began in earnest with the role of Theo Van Gogh, opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent, in the 1956 biopic "Lust for Life." Two years later, he had another one of his more famous film opportunities alongside Douglas once again, this time as a manly rather than a sensitive sibling in the 1958 adventure "The Vikings." But it was the movie that Donald made in between, David Lean's timeless wartime drama "Bridge on the River Kwai," that forever stamped the Scot in the cinematic consciousness. At the end of epic battle between the characters played by Alec Guinness and William Holden, it was Donald as Major Clipton who got to utter the famous final line of dialogue, "Madness. Madness!" In 1963, Donald was part of another one of the great World War II movies of all-time, "The Great Escape," starring as Group Captain Ramsey, the senior British officer interned in the German POW camp at the center of the fact-inspired Steve McQueen classic. Some of the actor's other performances of note include yet another World War II POW film, 1965's "King Rat," set in Singapore, and the co-starring role of Nathaniel Winkle in a 1952 version of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers." ...

The film career of Scotsman James Donald began in earnest with the role of Theo Van Gogh, opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent, in the 1956 biopic "Lust for Life." Two years later, he had another one of his more famous film opportunities alongside Douglas once again, this time as a manly rather than a sensitive sibling in the 1958 adventure "The Vikings." But it was the movie that Donald made in between, David Lean's timeless wartime drama "Bridge on the River Kwai," that forever stamped the Scot in the cinematic consciousness. At the end of epic battle between the characters played by Alec Guinness and William Holden, it was Donald as Major Clipton who got to utter the famous final line of dialogue, "Madness. Madness!" In 1963, Donald was part of another one of the great World War II movies of all-time, "The Great Escape," starring as Group Captain Ramsey, the senior British officer interned in the German POW camp at the center of the fact-inspired Steve McQueen classic. Some of the actor's other performances of note include yet another World War II POW film, 1965's "King Rat," set in Singapore, and the co-starring role of Nathaniel Winkle in a 1952 version of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Sleep, The (1978) Inspector Gregory
2.
 Conduct Unbecoming (1975) Doctor
3.
 David Copperfield (1970) Mr Murdstone
4.
 Hannibal Brooks (1969) Padre
5.
 The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969) King Carlos V
6.
 Five Million Years to Earth (1968) Dr. Roney
7.
 The Jokers (1967) Colonel Gurney-Simms
8.
 Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Safir
9.
 King Rat (1965) Dr. Kennedy
10.
 The Great Escape (1963) [Capt.] Ramsey "The SBO"
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Milestones close milestones

1941:
Film acting debut
1946:
Tv acting debut
1935:
Stage acting debut

Education

Edinburgh University: -
McGill University: -

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