Ronald Colman


Actor
Ronald Colman

About

Also Known As
Ronald Charles Colman
Birth Place
Surrey, England, GB
Born
February 09, 1891
Died
May 19, 1958

Biography

After some stage and film experience in England, Colman moved to the USA in 1920. Though a formidable romantic lead in the silent era, it was with the sound film that Colman best asserted himself. His suavity and exceptional good looks coupled with his engaging, beautifully modulated, crushed velvet voice made him the perfect hero of many adventure movies, though he was also adept at com...

Photos & Videos

Kismet (1944) - Publicity Stills
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) - Lobby Cards
The Talk of the Town - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Thelma Victoria Maud
Wife
Actor. Married from 1918 to 1935.
Benita Hume
Wife
Actor. Married from September 30, 1938 until his death.

Biography

After some stage and film experience in England, Colman moved to the USA in 1920. Though a formidable romantic lead in the silent era, it was with the sound film that Colman best asserted himself. His suavity and exceptional good looks coupled with his engaging, beautifully modulated, crushed velvet voice made him the perfect hero of many adventure movies, though he was also adept at comedy and romantic drama.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

American Lifestyles (1987)
The Story of Mankind (1957)
Spirit of Man
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Great Indian Peninsular Railway official
Champagne for Caesar (1950)
Beauregard Bottomley
A Double Life (1948)
Anthony John
The Late George Apley (1947)
George Apley
Kismet (1944)
Hafiz
Random Harvest (1942)
Charles Rainier [also known as Smithy]
The Talk of the Town (1942)
Michael Lightcap
My Life with Caroline (1941)
Anthony [Mason]
Lucky Partners (1940)
David Grant [also known as Paul Knight Somerset]
The Light That Failed (1940)
Dick Heldar
If I Were King (1938)
Fran├žois Villon
Lost Horizon (1937)
Robert Conway
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Major Rudolf Rassendyll/The Prisoner of Zenda [King Rudolf V]
Under Two Flags (1936)
Sergeant Victor, [earlier known as Rafe Brett]
Clive of India (1935)
Robert Clive
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Sydney Carton
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Paul Gallard
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)
Captain Hugh Drummond
The Masquerader (1933)
Sir John Chilcote/John Loder
Cynara (1932)
Jim Warlock
Arrowsmith (1931)
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
The Unholy Garden (1931)
Barrington Hunt
The Devil to Pay (1930)
Willie Hale
Raffles (1930)
Raffles
The Rescue (1929)
Tom Lingard
Bulldog Drummond (1929)
Bulldog Drummond
Condemned (1929)
Michel
Two Lovers (1928)
Mark Van Rycke
The Night of Love (1927)
Montero
The Magic Flame (1927)
The Clown [Tito]/The Count
Kiki (1926)
Renal
The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
Willard Holmes
Beau Geste (1926)
Michael "Beau" Geste
A Thief in Paradise (1925)
Maurice Blake
His Supreme Moment (1925)
John Douglas
Her Sister From Paris (1925)
Joseph Weyringer
The Sporting Venus (1925)
Donald MacAllan
The Dark Angel (1925)
Capt. Alan Trent
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
Lord Darlington
Stella Dallas (1925)
Stephen Dallas
Romola (1925)
Carlo Buccellini
$20 a Week (1924)
Chester Reeves
Her Night of Romance (1924)
Paul Menford
Tarnish (1924)
Emmet Carr
The White Sister (1923)
Capt. Giovanni Severini
Handcuffs or Kisses (1921)
Lodyard
The Black Spider (1920)
Anna the Adventuress (1920)
Snow in the Desert (1919)
Sheba (1919)

Cast (Short)

Governor C.C. Young Accompanied by His Family Hails Greater Talkie Season (1928)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Ronald Colman (1962)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1916

Stage acting debut

1917

Short film acting debut in "The Live Wire"

1919

Feature film debut in "The Toilers"

1920

Moved to New York

1921

First US film, "Handcuffs or Kisses"

1929

First sound film, "Bulldog Drummond"

1957

Last film, "The Story of Mankind"

Photo Collections

Kismet (1944) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from MGM's Kismet (1944), starring Merlene Dietrich and Ronald Colman. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), starring Ronald Colman. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Talk of the Town - Lobby Cards
The Talk of the Town - Lobby Cards
Random Harvest - Publicity Still Series
Here is a series of publicity stills taken for MGM's Random Harvest (1942), starring Ronald Colman and Greer Garson. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Lost Horizon (1937) - Movie Poster
Here is the Window Card from Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937), starring Ronald Colman. Window Cards were 14x22 mini posters designed to be placed in store windows around town during a film's engagement. A blank space at the top of the poster featured theater and playdate infromation. (The top has been trimmed from this example).
A Tale of Two Cities (1935) - Movie Poster
Here is a Window Card from MGM's A Tale of Two Cities (1935), starring Ronald Colman. Window Cards were mini posters designed to be placed in store windows around town during a film's engagement. A blank space at the top of the poster featured theater and playdate infromation.
Arrowsmith - Movie Poster
Here is the original American one-sheet movie poster for Arrowsmith (1931), starring Ronald Colman. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Random Harvest - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several behind-the-scenes photos taken during production of MGM's Random Harvest (1942), starring Ronald Colman and Greer Garson, and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Random Harvest - Susan Peters Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several behind-the-scenes photos taken of Susan Peters during production of MGM's Random Harvest (1942), directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Random Harvest - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's Random Harvest (1942). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Ronald Colman - State Express Cigarette Card
This is a small cigarette card of actor Ronald Colman. These cards were included in Cigarette packs in the 1930s and were collectible items. Customers could even purchase books to organize and collect these cards. State Express was an active Cigarette Card producer, creating a wide range of cards featuring famous people of which film stars were an often popular draw.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lost Horizon (1937) - Restoration, Opening Credits Opening credits for Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, include details of the restoration, a prologue from the James Hilton novel, and the brief introduction of Ronald Colman as hero Conway, amid a fictional Chinese revolution.
Lost Horizon (1937) - If There Is A Prolonged Delay Nearly smarmy Chang (H.B. Warner) now feeds Conway (Ronald Colman), brother George (John Howard) and fellow plane crash survivors (Edward Everett Horton, Thomas Mitchell) and mentions their rescue from the Himalayan monastery community could take years, about which they speculate, in Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon, 1937.
Lost Horizon (1937) - Where Civilization Ends Big special effects as Robert (Ronald Colman) and brother George (John Howard) Conway and cohorts (Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton and Isabel Jewell), evacuated from a crisis in China, crash land somewhere beyond Tibet in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1939.
Lost Horizon (1937) - When He Glimpses The Eternal Conway (Ronald Colman) is introduced to the presence of the High Lama (Sam Jaffe) whose true identity he quickly deduces in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, from the James Hilton novel.
Lost Horizon (1937) - Shangri La Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) and fellow crash survivors (Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard and Isabel Jewell) are led into Shangri-La by Chang (H.B. Warner) in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, from the James Hilton novel.
Talk Of The Town, The (1942) - Such Monumental Inefficiency Law professor Lightcap (Ronald Colman) expresses his displeasure with his reception then dismisses his new landlord Nora (Jean Arthur), whom he still doesn't know has escaped accused killer Dilg (Cary Grant) hidden upstairs, in George Stevens' The Talk Of The Town, 1942.
Talk of the Town, The (1942) - That's The Gardener, Joseph Escaped convict Dilg (Cary Grant) reveals himself to vacationing Professor Lightcap (Ronald Colman) but is rescued by landlord Nora (Jean Arthur) who announces that he's only Joseph, the gardener, in George Stevens' The Talk of the Town, 1942.
Random Harvest (1942) - Down This Shadowed Path Director Mervyn Leroy’s opening, narration by James Hilton, author of the novel, we meet psychiatrist Dr. Benet (Philip Dorn), Arthur Space as patient Trempitt, and Ronald Colman as Smith, surely the handsomest amnesiac on the ward, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942, also starring Greer Garson.
Random Harvest (1942) - You Are From The Asylum! In a fictional English town on the day of the armistice ending the the First World War, amnesiac soldier Ronald Colman has wandered free from the local psychiatric hospital, meeting shopkeeper Una O’Connor, then friendly co-star Greer Garson, her first scene, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942.
Random Harvest (1942) - My Life Began With You Enjoying life in the English countryside, ex-showgirl Paula (Greer Garson) brings news to the amnesiac-soldier husband she calls “Smithy” (Ronald Colman) of his first payment for his experiments in journalism, Mervyn LeRoy directing from the James Hilton novel, in Random Harvest, 1942.
Talk Of The Town, The (1942) - You Dance Divinely Judge Lightcap (Ronald Colman) has shaved his beard so that beautician Regina (Glenda Farrell) will not recognize him as he tiptoes into investigating the whereabouts of her presumably dead boyfriend, in George Stevens' The Talk Of The Town, 1942, co-starring Jean Arthur and Cary Grant.
Talk Of The Town, The (1942) - I Am Michael Lightcap Professor Lightcap (Ronald Colman) arrives early to take possession of the cottage owned by Nora Shelley (Jean Arthur), who has just hidden fugitive Leopold Dilg (Cary Grant) in her attic, director George Stevens not having made clear why she would do that, in The Talk Of The Town, 1942.

Trailer

Family

Juliet Colman
Daughter
Born on July 24, 1944; mother, Benita Hume; survived him.

Companions

Thelma Victoria Maud
Wife
Actor. Married from 1918 to 1935.
Benita Hume
Wife
Actor. Married from September 30, 1938 until his death.

Bibliography