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Also Known As: Sir Robert Helpmann Died: September 28, 1986
Born: April 9, 1909 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mount Gambier, South Australia, AU Profession: dancer, choreographer, actor

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Australian actor Robert Helpmann captivated audiences with his incredible performances on the big screen. Helpmann kickstarted his acting career in various films such as "Tales of Hoffmann" (1951) featuring Moira Shearer, "The Iron Petticoat" (1956) and the dramatic period piece "55 Days at Peking" (1963) with Charlton Heston. He also appeared in the dramatic adaptation "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966) with George Segal. He continued to work steadily in film throughout the sixties and the seventies, appearing in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), the Fiona Fullerton fantasy "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1972) and "Don Quixote" (1973). He also appeared in "The Mango Tree" (1977). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "Patrick" (1978) and the Diane Franklin fantastical comedy "Second Time Lucky" (1984). Helpmann was most recently credited in "The Red Shoes" (1993). Additionally, he appeared on the television special "The Margot Fonteyn Story" (PBS, 1989-1990). Helpmann passed away in September 1986 at the age of 77.

Australian actor Robert Helpmann captivated audiences with his incredible performances on the big screen. Helpmann kickstarted his acting career in various films such as "Tales of Hoffmann" (1951) featuring Moira Shearer, "The Iron Petticoat" (1956) and the dramatic period piece "55 Days at Peking" (1963) with Charlton Heston. He also appeared in the dramatic adaptation "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966) with George Segal. He continued to work steadily in film throughout the sixties and the seventies, appearing in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), the Fiona Fullerton fantasy "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1972) and "Don Quixote" (1973). He also appeared in "The Mango Tree" (1977). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "Patrick" (1978) and the Diane Franklin fantastical comedy "Second Time Lucky" (1984). Helpmann was most recently credited in "The Red Shoes" (1993). Additionally, he appeared on the television special "The Margot Fonteyn Story" (PBS, 1989-1990). Helpmann passed away in September 1986 at the age of 77.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Don Quixote (1973) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Second Time Lucky (1984) Devil
2.
 Patrick (1978) Dr Roget
3.
 Mango Tree, The (1977) Professor
4.
 Don Quixote (1973) Don Quixote
5.
 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) Mad Hatter
6.
 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Child catcher
7.
 The Quiller Memorandum (1966) Weng
8.
 55 Days at Peking (1963) Prince Tuan
9.
 The Big Money (1962) The Reverend
10.
 The Iron Petticoat (1956) Ivan Kropotkin
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Debut as dancer with Australian Ballet company age 11
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Toured with Pavlova's dance company
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Became a principal dancer with Sadler's Wells Ballet
1950:
Debut as opera director with "Madame Butterfly"
1965:
Appointed co-director of the Australian Ballet Company
1973:
Debut as film director with "Don Quixote" (co-directed by Rudolf Nureyev)
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Notes

Knighted in 1968.

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