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.

MINI BIO:

Cheerful, chunky, good-looking British leading man who could do very little wrong in films in the thirties. His forthright, pleasing, open acting style endeared him to audiences, produced a memorable series of characterizations and culminated in his Academy Award for Goodbye Mr. Chips! Later, blighted by persistent asthma, he was less successful by his own high standards, although his mellifluous voice patterns made him ever-popular on radio. Married (second) to actress Renee Asherton; they were separated at the time of his death for a cerebral thrombosis brought on by chronic bronchial asthma. An Oscar nominee for The Citadel.

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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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Robert Donat Quotes:

Edmond Dantes: [referring to the now-insane Danglars] A mental suicide, doctor.
Doctor: Mental suicide?
Edmond Dantes: Yes. He destroyed his mind with an overdose of two deadly poisons.
Doctor: Poisons!
Edmond Dantes: Avarice and Greed


Thomas Culpeper: I never should have come, Kate. We can't go on like this.
Katherine Howard: I know, it's dreadful, seeing each other every day and never being alone together...
Thomas Culpeper: Oh, it's not that, it's... it's being torn in half between you and the King.
Katherine Howard: But, Tom, we belong to each other!
Thomas Culpeper: No. We belong to him.


Countess Alexandra Vladinoff: [Asking about a bribe] And all he wanted was your wristwatch?
Ainsley J. Fothergill aka Peter Ouronov: [Rhetorically] Well, what use is a wristwatch when trains are to be a week late?


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Father of John Donat.

Lobbied for the role of the Chorus in Henry V (1944), but Leslie Banks was cast instead.

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

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