Robert Donat Overview:

Legendary actor, Robert Donat, was born Friedrich Robert Donath on Mar 18, 1905 in Withington, Manchester. Donat died at the age of 53 on Jun 9, 1958 in London, UK and was laid to rest in East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium in Finchley, Greater London, England.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Robert Donat was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (as Mr. Chips) in 1939.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best ActorThe Citadel (1938)Andrew MasonNominated
1939Best ActorGoodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)Mr. ChipsWon
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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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and Madeleine Carrol navigate “The 39 Steps”

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and Madeleine Carrol navigate “The 39 Steps” The 39 Steps (1935) is a British thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring and Madeleine Carroll. The Screenplay was by Charles Bennett and Ian Hay. It was based on the novel of the same name by John Buc... Read full article


THE BLOGATHON: The 39 Steps, 1935

on Jul 3, 2020 From Caftan Woman

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films is hosting The Blogathon on July 3 - 5. Click HERE to join in the admiration for the fondly remembered actor. was an actor of great commitment and versatility. Over 25 years, Donat appeared in 20 movies, winning an Oscar for Goodbye, Mr.... Read full article


The 39 Steps (1935) with and Madeleine Carroll

By Greg Orypeck on Sep 22, 2016 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! ?There are twenty million women in this island, and I?ve got to be chained to you.??? to Madeleine Carroll In a typical Hitchcockian quirk, or clear evidence of his individuality, the title was to be numeric?The 39 Steps?not letters, as in John Buchan?s 1915 novel,?The Thirt... Read full article


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Robert Donat Quotes:

Albert de Mondego: [to Dantes and Mercedes who are up in the branches of a tree] Can we come up?
Edmond Dantes: Find your own tree.


Edmond Dantes: Please believe I've put my task above the mean level of personal vengeance. I am exposing criminals, not for their sins against myself but for their black injustices to others... not only for what they have done but for what they continue to do. They are the ones devoid of all humanity, the ones that profitted by the sufferings of others.
Mercedes de Rosas: Whom will it profit if you kill my son?
Edmond Dantes: Surely you don't think this duel part of my design!
Mercedes de Rosas: What else am I to think, knowing how skillfully you have destroyed the others?
[Monte Cristo turns away; she follows him]
Mercedes de Rosas: Let me tell you about Albert. He worships you. Never in his life has he felt such a strong affection for anyone but me. He never understood his father; there was no bond of sympathy between them. Why? Because that was a part of my design. I reared him in the image of the man I loved. He is the son Edmond Dantes would have had. I had hoped that he'd be claimed by Monte Cristo.
Edmond Dantes: [pause, then] I claimed him long ago, Mercedes.


Edmond Dantes: [to Mondego upon realizing that he has been betrayed] Oh, I see! Danglas told you about Elba and the letter because he wanted to be captain! And you told the magistrate because... because of Mercedes! You appeared here as my friends!


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Robert Donat Facts
He was English born of Polish descent, and several of his brothers emigrated to Canada.

When he died in 1958, he left none of his $70,000 estate to wife, Renee Asherson. Instead his estate was divided among his three children, Joanna, John and Brian.

Campaigned to be cast against type as Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist (1948), but Robert Newton was cast in the part instead.

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