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Job Actor
Years active 1927-1981
Known for Splendidly modulated voice often wittily betraying the tongue in his cheek
Top Roles Frank Burton Cheyne, Michael 'Mike' Holmes, Henry Linden, Michael Grant, Bill Cole
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Film Adaptation, Mystery, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Comic), Screwball Comedy
Top Collaborators (Director), , , (Director)
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Melvyn Douglas Overview:

Legendary actor, Melvyn Douglas, was born Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg on Apr 5, 1901 in Macon, GA. Douglas appeared in over 105 film and TV roles. His best known films include Captains Courageous (as Mr. Cheyne), That Certain Age (as Vincent Bullitt), Ninotchka (as Leon), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (as Bill Cole), That Uncertain Feeling (as Larry Baker), Hud (as Homer Bannon) and The Americanization of Emily (as Adm. William Jessup). Douglas died at the age of 80 on Aug 4, 1981 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.

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Melvyn Douglas was an elegant leading man with a pencil moustache and a precise sense of romantic comedy -- the zanier the comedy, the more at home he was. His splendidly modulated voice often wittily betrayed the tongue in his cheek. Forsaking Hollywood when his days as a star were over, Douglas spent a rewarding ten years on stage before returning to films as a fine character actor of grouchy but sterling old men. He won an Academy Award for Hud, and again in 1980 for Being There. He was also nominated for I Never Sang for My Father. He was married to actress Helen Gahagan (second wife) in 1931.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Melvyn Douglas was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning two for Best Supporting Actor for Hud (as Homer Bannon) and Being There (as Benjamin Rand) in 1963 and 1979 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1963Best Supporting ActorHud (1963)Homer BannonWon
1970Best ActorI Never Sang for My Father (1970)Tom GarrisonNominated
1979Best Supporting ActorBeing There (1979)Benjamin RandWon
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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Melvyn Douglas Quotes:

Lt.: Tell me, what sort of a trip did you have, eh? Pretty rough?
Capt. Remy Baudoin: Not bad. There was an episode with some crocodiles. I thought for a moment I was gone. But it appears they prefer dark meat.
Lt.: Boatman?
[casually]
Lt.: Too bad.


Karl Brettschneider: Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.


Ninotchka: Let's form our own party.
Leon: Right. Lovers of the world, unite!


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Melvyn Douglas Facts
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 240-242. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

He had two children with second wife, Helen Gahagan: a son named Peter (b. 1933) and daughter Mary Helen (b. 1938). He had one son with his first wife, Rosalind, named Melvyn Gregory Hesselberg (b. January 28, 1926).

Two grandsons from son Gregory, named Stefan and Erik.

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