James Donald (I) (1917–1993)

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Scottish-born actor James Donald was born in Aberdeen on May 18, 1917, and took his first professional stage bow some time in the late 30s. He finally attained a degree of stardom in 1943 for his sterling performance in Noël Coward's "Present Laughter", which starred Coward himself. Subsequent post-war theatre work included "The Eagle with Two ... See full bio »

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The Great Escape Ramsey 'The SBO'
The Vikings Egbert
Lust for Life Theo Van Gogh


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 1978 The Big Sleep
Inspector Gregory
 1975 Conduct Unbecoming
The Doctor
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Murdstone
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Sir Martin Rolfe
 1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun
King Carlos
 1969 Hannibal Brooks
 1967 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
Richard Warwick
 1967 Quatermass and the Pit
Doctor Roney
 1967 The Jokers
Col. Gurney-Simms
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
Maj. Safir
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Commander John McAuliffe
- The Enemy on the Beach (1966) ... Commander John McAuliffe
 1965 King Rat
Dr. Kennedy
 1964 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Edward Chamberlayne
- The Cocktail Party (1964) ... Edward Chamberlayne
 1963 The Great Escape
Ramsey 'The SBO'
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Alvin MacKenzie
- A Hundred More Pipers (1963) ... Dr. Alvin MacKenzie
 1963 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Henry Higgins
 1960-1961 Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (TV Series)
Mr. Jingle
- Pickwick's Dilemma (1961) ... Mr. Jingle
- Christmas at Dingley Dell (1960) ... Mr. Jingle
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Major Frazer
- Three Soldiers (1961) ... Major Frazer (as James R. N. Donald)
 1961 Victoria Regina (TV Movie)
Prince Albert
 1957-1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Davidson / Will Trenting
- The Break-Up (1961)
- Johnny Belinda (1958) ... Dr. Davidson
- Accolade (1957) ... Will Trenting
 1960 The Citadel (TV Movie)
Dr. Andrew Manson
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Jack Tanner
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Power and the Glory (1959) ... Priest
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain
Franz Lerner
 1958-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mark Cavendish / Harry Pope
- The Crystal Trench (1959) ... Mark Cavendish
- Poison (1958) ... Harry Pope
 1958-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Captain Vere / John Shand / Sydney Carton
- Billy Budd (1959) ... Captain Vere
- What Every Woman Knows (1959) ... John Shand
- A Tale of Two Cities (1958) ... Sydney Carton
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Miles Denshaw
- The Wings of the Dove (1959) ... Miles Denshaw
 1958 The Vikings
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
James Thomason
- Voice in the Night (1958) ... James Thomason
 1957 Folio (TV Series)
Mr. Bolfry
- Mr. Bolfry (1957) ... Mr. Bolfry
 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Major Clipton
 1956 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
- The Transfer (1956) ... Andrew
 1956 Lust for Life
Theo Van Gogh
 1956 The Gambler (TV Movie)
Alexei Ivanovitch
 1955-1956 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Trial of Love (1956)
- Man of Destiny (1955) ... Napoleon
 1952-1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Philip Sturgess / Will Ramillies
- The River Line (1955) ... Philip Sturgess
- Love in Albania (1952) ... Will Ramillies
 1954 Beau Brummell
Lord Edwin Mercer
 1953 Project M7
Prof. Michael Heathley
 1952 The Pickwick Papers
Nathaniel Winkle
 1952 Glory at Sea
Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1
 1952 Brandy for the Parson
Bill Harper
 1951 White Corridors
Neil Marriner
 1950 Cage of Gold
 1949 The Gay Lady
Lord Digby Landon
 1949 Edward, My Son
 1948 The Light of Heart (TV Movie)
 1948 The Hideout
Murray Byrne
 1948 Broken Journey
Bill Haverton
 1947 The Little Dry Thorn (TV Movie)
 1944 The Way Ahead
Pte. Evan Lloyd
 1943 San Demetrio London
Gunnery Control Officer
 1942 Went the Day Well?
German Corporal (uncredited)
 1942 In Which We Serve
 1942 Alibi
Barman (uncredited)
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (uncredited)
 1942 The Missing Million
Assistant to Dicker (as Jim Donald)
 1939 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
 1937 Daily Round (Short)
Man in Top Hat (uncredited)
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(4/22/50) Stage: Appeared in the Shakespeare Birthday Festival at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Cathleen Nesbitt, Lewis Casson, Jack Hawkins, Jessica Tandy, Alan MacNaughtan, Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave, Donald Wolfit, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quayle, Sybil Thorndike, Ann Casson, Edward Chapman, Constance ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

James R. N. Donald | Jim Donald


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He starred in three World War II prisoner of war films: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Great Escape (1963) and King Rat (1965). See more »

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