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|Also Known As:||Robert Douglas Finlayson||Died:||January 11, 1999|
|Born:||November 9, 1909||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Bletchley, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ... actor director|
For someone whose specialty was playing genteel Brits, it's hard to imagine that Robert Douglas counted Hollywood playboy Errol Flynn as one of his closest friends. The Englishman managed to balance his pursuit of producing, acting, and directing plays, starting at the age of 23. Around the time Douglas was making his motion picture debut in the 1931 U.K. comedy "Dr. Josser, K.C.," he was also appearing in live theater alongside Jessica Tandy on Broadway and working with Laurence Olivier in London's West End. While serving as a World War II Royal Air Force pilot up through 1946, the proper Brit went Hollywood after getting signed to a Warner Brothers contract. Douglas's usual fate was that of a scowling villain, going up against a number of heroic types including Flynn ("The Adventures of Don Juan"), Burt Lancaster ("The Flame and the Arrow," and Stewart Granger ("The Prisoner of Zenda"). His favorite role during this time was as Ellsworth M. Toohey in the dense 1949 adaptation of Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead." Through the 1950s, Douglas continued acting in notable features including "Ivanhoe," "Saskatchewan," and "The Young Philadelphians." With the onset of the 1960s, his focus was primarily on directing numerous crime and medical dramas that included "Adam-12," "Baretta," "Trapper John, M.D.," and "The Streets of San Francisco."
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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia The Film Encyclopedia by Ephraim Katz
Robert Douglas was born as Robert Douglas Finlayson in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire on 9 November 1909. He was a successful stage and film actor, a television director and producer. He was gently mannered with a well modulated speaking voice, who delivered his lines in clipped fashion. He could portray the sinister, conniving rogue as easily as the fortright military officer. After serving in WWII, he came to Hollywood, where he played suave villains in many adventure films, crossing swords with Errol Flynn and Robert Taylor among others. In the late 50's he directed and produced TV shows. He was married three times, including the actress Dorothy Hyson and Suzanne Weldon, fathering two children. He died from natural causes in Encinitas, California on 9 January 1999, aged 89. He was married three times, including the actress Dorothy Hyson and Suzanne Weldon, fathering two children. He died from natural causes in Encinitas, California on 9 January 1999, aged 89.
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