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Also Known As: Frederick Robert Donat Died: June 9, 1958
Born: March 18, 1905 Cause of Death: complications from chronic asthma
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession: actor

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One of Britain's biggest stars from the Golden Age of movies, handsome Manchester native Robert Donat established himself as a formidable stage performer via one of Britain's leading Shakespearean companies and made a splash in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), which also proved to be a major success abroad. A well-respected star in his homeland, Donat also built a following in America, but in the wake of "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1934), he opted to work only in England, which allowed him to continue appearing on the London stage. In between those engagements, he graced some of England's best films of the 1930s, including Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935), "Knight Without Armour" (1937), "The Citadel" (1938) and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), which earned him a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor. Unfortunately, chronic asthma hindered Donat for much of his life, forcing him to take long periods of convalescence; by the time he appeared in "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958), he was forced to have an oxygen cylinder nearby at all times. Although poor health curtailed his career and forced Donat to turn down a number of potentially interesting roles, he managed to achieve a...

One of Britain's biggest stars from the Golden Age of movies, handsome Manchester native Robert Donat established himself as a formidable stage performer via one of Britain's leading Shakespearean companies and made a splash in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), which also proved to be a major success abroad. A well-respected star in his homeland, Donat also built a following in America, but in the wake of "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1934), he opted to work only in England, which allowed him to continue appearing on the London stage. In between those engagements, he graced some of England's best films of the 1930s, including Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935), "Knight Without Armour" (1937), "The Citadel" (1938) and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), which earned him a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor. Unfortunately, chronic asthma hindered Donat for much of his life, forcing him to take long periods of convalescence; by the time he appeared in "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958), he was forced to have an oxygen cylinder nearby at all times. Although poor health curtailed his career and forced Donat to turn down a number of potentially interesting roles, he managed to achieve a degree of respect and popularity with British audiences that matched such formidable contemporaries as Laurence Olivier.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Cure For Love, The (1949) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) The Mandarin
2.
 Lease of Life (1954) William Thorne
3.
 The Magic Box (1951) William Friese-Greene
4.
5.
 The Winslow Boy (1948) Sir Robert Morton
6.
 Captain Boycott (1947) Charles Parnell
7.
 Vacation from Marriage (1945) Robert Wilson
9.
 Sabotage Agent (1943) Terrence Stevenson, also known as Jan Tartu
10.
 The Young Mr. Pitt (1943) The Earl of Chatham/William Pitt
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1921:
Stage acting debut
1930:
London stage debut
1932:
Screen acting debut in "Men of Tomorrow"
1937:
Almost replaced in film "Knight Without Armor" due to severe bout of asthma but co-star Marlene Dietrich insisted that production be held up until Donat recovered
1939:
Signed to non-exclusive contract by MGM after success of "The Citadel" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" which gave him script approval (date approximate)
1943:
Made first film on this MGM contract, "The Adventures of Tartu"
1950:
Sole film as director, producer and co-screenwriter, "The Cure for Love"
1958:
Last film "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness"
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wife:
Ella Annesley. First wife; married in 1929; divorced in 1946.
wife:
Renee Asherson. Actor. Married in 1953; separated c. 1956.

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nephew:
Peter Donat. Actor.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Robert Donat: A Biography" Heinemann

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