Robert Douglas


Actor
Robert Douglas

About

Also Known As
Robert Douglas Finlayson
Birth Place
Bletchley, England, GB
Born
November 09, 1909
Died
January 11, 1999

Biography

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 wa...

Photos & Videos

Thunder on the Hill - Lobby Cards
Thunder on the Hill - Publicity Stills
Thunder on the Hill - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Suzanne Douglas
Wife

Biography

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."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Man from Atlantis (1977)
Director
Night Train to Paris (1964)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Questor Tapes (1974)
Dr Michaels
The Lawbreakers (1960)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
Morton Stearnes
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)
Col. James Parker
Helen of Troy (1956)
Agamemnon
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
John Porter
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
Benedict Arnold
The Virgin Queen (1955)
Sir Christopher Hatton
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
Sir Giles Amaury
Saskatchewan (1954)
Benton
Fair Wind to Java (1953)
Pulo Besar (also known as "Saint" Ebenezer)
Flight to Tangier (1953)
Danzar
The Desert Rats (1953)
General
At Sword's Point (1952)
Duke de Lavalle
Ivanhoe (1952)
Sir Hugh De Bracy
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Michael, Duke of Strelsau
Kim (1951)
Colonel Creighton
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
Dr. [Edward] Jeffreys
Target Unknown (1951)
Col. Von Broeck
The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Alessandro
Buccaneer's Girl (1950)
[Alexander] Narbonne
Mystery Submarine (1950)
Commander [Eric] Von Molter
This Side of the Law (1950)
Philip Cagle
Spy Hunt (1950)
Stephen Paradou
Barricade (1950)
Aubrey Milburn
Homicide (1949)
Lt. Michael "Mickey" Landers
Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
Duke de Lorca
The Fountainhead (1949)
Ellsworth Toohey
The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)
John Tyson
The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948)
Ken Blake
The Lion Has Wings (1940)
Briefing officer
Over the Moon (1940)
Unknown man
The Challenge (1939)
Edward Whymper
Death Drives Through (1935)

Editing (Feature Film)

Tortilla Soup (2001)
On-Line Editor

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Mr. Payback (1995)
Visual Effects

Film Production - Construction/Set (Feature Film)

101 Dalmatians (1996)
Props

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Skipped Parts (2000)
Special Thanks To
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Special Thanks To

Cast (Special)

Tarzan the Ape Man (1968)
Colonel Parker
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1955)
Robert Browning

Cinematography (Special)

An All Star Word from Our Sponsor (1995)
Video
1994 American Music Awards (1994)
Video

Editing (Special)

Gloria Estefan, Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert (2000)
Editor
All-New Return of TV Censored Bloopers (1994)
Editor
Cher... At the Mirage (1991)
Editor

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1983)
Voice Of Prince Barin

Life Events

1927

First role on London stage

1964

First film as director "Night train to Paris"

Photo Collections

Thunder on the Hill - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Thunder on the Hill (1951), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Claudette Colbert. 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.
Thunder on the Hill - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Universal Pictures' Thunder on the Hill (1951), starring Claudette Colbert, Ann Blyth, and Philip Friend. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, taken for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Thunder on the Hill - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Universal Pictures' Thunder on the Hill (1951), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Claudette Colbert and Ann Blyth.
Thunder on the Hill - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Universal Pictures' Thunder on the Hill (1951), directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Claudette Colbert and Ann Blyth.

Videos

Movie Clip

Young Philadelphians, The (1959) - Interesting Heredity On summer break from Princeton, pre-Law roommates Robert Vaughn, as ultra-rich party animal Chet, and Paul Newman as respectable but under-funded Tony, at the polo club, meet Chet’s guardian uncles, Robert Douglas, then Frank Conroy, who appears to know the secret of Tony’s lineage, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
King Richard And The Crusaders - Phantoms In Bedrobes Droll in victory, George Sanders (title character) after a good day in Palestine, installing Sir Giles (Robert Douglas) as his second, tangling with uppity Scottish bodyguard (Laurence Harvey), early in Warner Bros.' first CinemaScope picture, King Richard And The Crusaders, 1954.
Fountainhead, The (1949) - I Set My Own Standards Several suits (Moroni Olsen as "the Chairman") are shocked when architect Roark (Gary Cooper) rejects their commission, with evil critic Toohey (Robert Douglas) observing, in King Vidor's The Fountainhead, 1949, from the Ayn Rand novel.
Fountainhead, The (1949) - I've Never Hired A Good Architect Obsequious critic Toohey (Robert Douglas) pitches a popular architect to bored newspaper titan Wynand (Raymond Massey) early in The Fountainhead, 1949, directed by King Vidor, from Ayn Rand's novel and script.
Scarlet Coat, The (1955) - A Very Highly Placed Person Continental Army espionage officer Bolton (Cornel Wilde) and his chief General Howe (John McIntire) meet with the popular new General Benedict Arnold (Robert Douglas) at West Point, with no notion yet that he’s “Gustavus,” the highly effective spy they’re hunting, in The Scarlet Coat, 1955.
Adventures Of Don Juan, The (1948) - Your Views On Love Swedish Viveca Lindfors as Austrian-born Queen Margaret of Spain, receiving vagrant nobleman Errol Flynn (title character), beginning to win her over as they're joined by King Phillip (Romney Brent) and sly De Lorca (Robert Douglas), in Warner Bros.' The Adventures Of Don Juan, 1948.
Challenge, The (1938) - Secrets Up There Customs officer (Cyril Smith) hassling innkeeper Favre (Fred Groves), his daughter Felicitas (Joan Gardner) fretting, when Carrel (Luis Trenker) arrives with injured Whymper (Robert Douglas) in the Matter Horn conquest thriller The Challenge, 1938.
Challenge, The (1938) - Tyndall Ridge Genuine Alpine footage as two principals, Robert Douglas as "Whymper" and Luis Trenker as "Carrel," meet on the Matter Horn, early in the British-German co-production of The Challenge, 1938.

Family

Giles Douglas
Son
Lucinda Douglas
Daughter

Companions

Suzanne Douglas
Wife

Bibliography