Donald Wolfit


Actor
Donald Wolfit

Biography

Life Events

1920

Stage acting debut

1957

Knighted

Videos

Movie Clip

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Did You Know Him Well? Joining director David Lean’s opening after credits, Peter O’Toole (title character) meets his end, then shooting a soundstage interior but real exterior of St. Paul’s, London, Anthony Quayle, Jack Hawkins and Arthur Kennedy among the mourners, from Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Room At The Top (1959) -- (Movie Clip) You Can Fix Just About Anything Father-in-law Brown (Donald Wolfit) offers to set up accountant Joe (Laurence Harvey) in business in return for staying married, but leaving his daughter to herself, in Room at the Top, 1959.
Satellite In The Sky (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Coming Down At Maximum Velocity Conducting an altitude test for the next day’s space launch, Cmdr. Hayden (Kieron Moore) is hardly seen, while Blandford and Ross (Walter Hudd, Donald Gray) handle communications, and skeptical reporter Kim (Lois Maxwell) takes a barb, in the British-made Warner Bros. release Satellite In The Sky, 1956.
Satellite In The Sky (1956) -- (Movie Clip) It Shouldn't Be Too Uncomfortable Kieron Moore is the pilot Hayden, Barry Keegan his engineer "Lefty," Jimmy Hanley the navigator "Larry," and Donald Wolfit the less-fit Professor Merrity, who's responsible for the giant bomb the rest of the crew only just found out about, for the big launch in Satellite In The Sky, 1956.
Mark, The (1961) -- She Knows You've Been In Prison We've just learned from boss Clive (Donald Wolfit) that our protagonist Fuller (Stuart Whitman) has been in prison and was hired on his doctors' recommendation, his crime still not revealed, when executive assistant Mrs. Leighton (Maria Schell) is introduced, in The Mark, 1961.
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Bedouins And Gods Cairo commander General Murray (Donald Wolfit) just about tolerates Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and diplomat Dryden (Claude Rains), arranging his assignment, ending with a famous edit, in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Dr. Crippen (1963) -- (Movie Clip) His Own Evil Ends From the opening credit sequence, principals Donald Pleasence and Samantha Eggar introduced, and Sir Donald Wolfit laying out the case as the prosecutor, in the fact-based Dr. Crippen, 1963.
I Accuse! (1958) -- (Movie Clip) Your Hand Is Trembling Bald here and not yet Inspector Closeau's boss, Herbert Lom (as Major Du Paty) administers a handwriting test to an unwitting Captain Dreyfus (Jose Ferrer, who also directed), whose innocence is long since established, early in I Accuse!, 1958.
Prize of Gold, A -- (Movie Clip) Alfie Stratton Sergeants Lawrence (Richard Widmark) and Morris (George Cole) meet the ex-thief Alfie Stratton (Donald Wolfit) as they look to unload gold in London in A Prize of Gold, 1955.

Companions

Rosalind Iden-Payne
Wife
Actor. Third wife; survived him.

Bibliography

"First Interval"
Sir Donald Wolfit (1955)

Notes

Knighted in 1957.