Job Actor, producer, director, screenwriter
Years active 1908-63
Known for Crusty old shepherds, ranchers and patriarchs
Top Roles Sir Charles Emery, Dr. Livingstone, Mr. Brown, Alexander McDougall, Guidon
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Silent Films, Adventure, Historical, Film Adaptation
Top TopicsBook-Based, England, Based on Play
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Producer), (Director)
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Donald Crisp Overview:

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.

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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).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1941Best Supporting ActorHow Green Was My Valley (1941)Mr. MorganWon
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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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By Duke Mantee on Oct 6, 2012 From Spoilers

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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Donald Crisp Quotes:

Ned Kincaid: Pop is counting on you to bringing law and order in this territory, Judge.
Judge Hardwick: That's going to be some job, judging from the scum of the west I've seen drifting in here.


Knute Rockne: Father, I've decided to take up coaching as my life's work.
Father John Callahan: Hmmmm.
Knute Rockne: You think I'm making a mistake, don't you?
Father John Callahan: Anyone who follows the truth in his heart never makes a mistake.


Dr. Kenneth: Hindley, why don't you hit yourself over the head with a hammer when you wake up every morning?
Hindley: Why?
Dr. Kenneth: Well, if you do, you'll achieve virtually the same results as you do with a bottle of whiskey, with much less wear and tear on the kidneys.


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Donald Crisp Facts
His final screen role was as Grandpa Spencer opposite Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara in Spencer's Mountain (1963). This film, adapted from the novel by Earl Hamner was the basis for the popular television series '_The Waltons_'(1972).

Fought in the British army during the Boer War in South Africa.

During the Boer War (1899-1902) Crisp crossed paths with a young Winston Churchill in the early days of his of political career. With the First World War (1914-1918), Crisp returned to England to serve in the army intelligence section. By the Second World War (1939-1945), Crisp served with the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel.

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