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James Donald

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Donald (18 May 1917 - 3 August 1993) was a Scottish actor. Tall and gaunt, he specialised in playing authority figures; military officers, doctors or scientists. Donald was born in Aberdeen, and made his first professional stage appearance sometime in the late-1930s, having been educated at Rossall School on Lancashire's Fylde coast. During World War II he appeared in minor roles in such propaganda classics as In Which We Serve (1942), Went the Day Well? (1942) and The Way Ahead (1944), and he played Mr. Winkle in the 1952 film version of The Pickwick Papers. However, leading roles eluded him until Lust for Life (1956), in which he played Theo Van Gogh. His work in the theatre included Noël Coward's Present Laughter (1943) which starred Coward himself, and The Eagle with Two Heads (1947), You Never Can Tell (1948), and The Heiress (1949) with Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and Donald Sinden. He memorably portrayed Major Clipton, the doctor who expresses grave doubts about the sanity of Col. Nicholson's (Alec Guinness) efforts to build the bridge in order to show up his Japanese captors, in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). The final words are his: "Madness!, Madness!" He also played Group Captain Ramsey, the Senior British Officer in The Great Escape (1963), as well as supporting roles in other notable films both in Britain and the United States, including The Vikings (1958), King Rat (1965), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967). Donald starred in a 1960 television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel and appeared regularly in many other television dramas in the UK and USA, as well as on stage. In 1961, he played Prince Albert opposite Julie Harris's Queen Victoria, in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Laurence Housman's play Victoria Regina. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Donald, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
May 18, 1917 In Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
26
First Appeared:
In the movie In Which We Serve 1942-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969-10-05
Known For
Poster of The Great Escape
Poster of Third Man on the Mountain
Poster of Beau Brummell
Poster of Cage of Gold
Filmography
Movie The Royal Hunt of the Sun King Carlos 1969-10-05
Movie The Jokers Col. Gurney-Simms 1967-06-01
Movie Quatermass and the Pit Dr. Mathew Roney 1967-11-09
Movie Cast a Giant Shadow Maj. Safir 1966-03-30
Movie King Rat Dr. Kennedy 1965-10-27
Movie The Great Escape Group Capt. Ramsey "The SBO" 1963-06-20
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Third Man on the Mountain Franz Lerner 1959-11-10
Movie The Vikings Lord Egbert 1958-06-28
Movie The Bridge on the River Kwai Maj. Clipton 1957-10-02
Movie Lust for Life Theo van Gogh 1956-09-15
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Beau Brummell Lord Edwin Mercer 1954-11-16
Movie Gift Horse Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1 1952-06-01
Movie Brandy for the Parson Bill Harper 1952-05-02
Movie The Pickwick Papers Nathaniel Winkle 1952-11-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Cage of Gold Dr Alan Keam 1950-09-21
Movie Edward, My Son Bronton 1949-06-02
Movie The Gay Lady Lord Digby Langdon 1949-09-29
Movie Broken Journey Bill Haverton 1948-04-14
Movie The Small Voice Murray Byrne 1948-11-27
Movie The Way Ahead Pvt. Evans Lloyd 1944-06-09
Movie San Demetrio London Gunnery Officer - H.M.S. Jervis Bay 1943-12-07
Movie In Which We Serve Doc 1942-09-16