Character actor, Donald Crisp, was born George William Crisp on Jul 27, 1882 in London, England. Crisp appeared in over 170 films and shorts. His best known films include Wuthering Heights (as Dr. Kenneth), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (as Francis Bacon), National Velvet (Mr. Brown), Lassie Come Home (as Sam Carraclough) and How Green Was My Valley (as Mr. Morgan). His final screen role was as Grandpa Spencer opposite Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara in Spencer's Mountain (1963). He directed over 70 films and shorts from 1914 through 1930, his final directorial effort being The Runaway Bride starring Mary Astor. Crisp died at the age of 91 on May 25, 1974 in Van Nuys, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery (Glendale) in Glendale, CA.
It's almost impossible to think of Donald Crisp as anything other than a crusty old shepherd, rancher or patriarch -- the collective image from a fistful of 1940's films. But this Scottish-born actor who never lost his burr was a multi-talented man who began his career with D.W. Griffith in the early silent days, and directed many silent films including some classics from the 1920s when he also made films in Britain. He won an Oscar in 1941 for How Green Was My Valley.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Donald Crisp was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for How Green Was My Valley (as Mr. Morgan) in 1941.
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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That fatherly, white-haired man giving good advice? Probably . Crisp emigrated to Americafrom Englandin 1906 and began acting. He worked on silent films as D.W. Griffith?s assistant director, and from this association, appeared in The Birth of a Nation as General Grant. It was a silent, ... Read full article
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