Publicity photograph from the 1930s featuring British actor, Robert Donat

Robert Donat

British actor (1905–1958) | The 39 Steps (1935), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

Distinguished British actor (of Polish descent) with an inimitably melodious voice; he made some impressive films despite asthma, which blighted his career

Mini Biography

Meticulous in his approach, Robert Donat used to draw a graph of the emotional pitch of a role, and for a part that covered a considerable amount of time – as in Goodbye, Mr Chips – a graph showing the changes in his age and appearance.

Donat’s second wife was actress Renee Asherson (1953-56). He was emotionally involved with actresses Merle Oberon, Pearl Argyle, Elissa Landi, Madeline Carroll and Rosamund John.

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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
Thomas Culpeper
The 39 Steps (1935)
Hannay
The Ghost Goes West (1935)
Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie
Knight Without Armour (1937)
AJ Fothergill
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Mr Chips
The Young Mr Pitt (1942)
The Earl of Chatham and William Pitt
Perfect Strangers (1945)
Robert Wilson
Captain Boycott (1947)
Charles Stewart Parnell
The Winslow Boy (1948)
Sir Robert Morton
The Magic Box (1951)
William Friese-Greene
Lease of Life (1954)
Rev William Thorne
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
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