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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 Grant, Bill Cole, Homer Bannon, Roy Darwin
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Film Adaptation, Mystery, Western
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Comic), Screwball Comedy
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), ,
Shares birthday with Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy, Walter Huston  see more..

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:

[Ninotchka is examining a map of Paris]
Leon: Pardon me, are you an explorer?
Ninotchka: No. I'm looking for the Eiffel Tower.
Leon: Good heavens, is that thing lost again? Oh, are you interested in a view?
Ninotchka: I'm interested in the Eiffel Tower from a technical standpoint.
Leon: Technical? No, no, I'm afraid I couldn't be of much help from that angle. You see, a Parisian only goes to the tower in moments of despair to jump off.
Ninotchka: How long does it take a man to land?
Leon: Now isn't that too bad? The last time I jumped, I forgot to time it.


Jones: Miss Aikens, we want a woman's point of view on a certain situation. Now, Mr. Baker has a friend and he's in trouble...
Sally Aikens: Oh, Mr. Baker!
Jones: [Shushing Larry] Now, Mr. Baker has nothing whatever to do with it. Let's call the friend Mr. Brown. Now, Mr. Brown has a wife... Mr. & Mrs. Brown have been married for, uh, how long?
Larry Baker: Well, say six years. They live in Toledo.
Sally Aikens: Six years in Toledo. That's bad.
Jones: All right then, let's say New York. Now Mr. Brown is worried about his marriage. Things are not going along as well as they used to.
Sally Aikens: What kind of a man IS this Mr. Brown?
Larry Baker: Very nice...
Sally Aikens: Is he attractive?
Jones: Very attractive.
[to Larry]
Jones: Don't you think so?
Larry Baker: Yes.
Sally Aikens: And yet she's complaining.
Larry Baker: Well, she's drifting away from him.
Jones: Yes, and he wants to get things back on the old basis.
Sally Aikens: Who doesn't?
Jones: Yes.
[clears throat]
Jones: Now, Miss Aikens, as a woman, I'm asking you, what is the right approach?
Sally Aikens: Well, I should say a mink coat would do the trick.
Larry Baker: She has a mink coat.
Sally Aikens: Then what's she complaining about?
[the men are exasperated, and Jones dismisses Miss Aikens from the conversation]
Larry Baker: Just a moment. Now look here. Mrs. Brown is interested in another man.
Sally Aikens: Oh... If there aren't any witnesses she's going to deny it... But I'm afraid I'm not the right person to give you any advice. I probably have too much sympathy for Mr. Brown, and not enough patience with Mrs. Brown. We get cases li

Bill Cole: It may only be four walls and a couple of nail kegs, but it will always be home to me.


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Melvyn Douglas Facts
Won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "The Best Man."

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).

According to the March 31, 1941, issue of Time magazine, Douglas and Edward G. Robinson, who were both Democratic activists, bid $3,200 for the fedora hat that 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt' had worn during his three successful campaigns for the presidency. They acquired the hat at a special Hollywood auction to benefit the Motion Picture Relief Fund. Douglas was active in liberal and progressive political causes in the 1930s and 1940s, which led to charges being leveled against him of being a Communist and/or a "fellow traveler" by far-right-wing Republicans during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era of the 1950s. Douglas' wife, Helen Gahagan Douglas, would later be elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat from California, but was defeated in her 1950 bid for the U.S. Senate by Republican Congressman Richard Nixon, who derisively called her "The Pink Lady" for what he termed her "leftist" leanings. President John F. Kennedy would appoint her Treasurer of the United States in 1961. When Ronald Reagan was elected US President in 1980, Douglas said that his former friend (who changed from a liberal Democrat to an

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