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Robert Donat

British actor

Robert Donat is ...


Born 18 March 1905 in Withington
Died 9 June 1958 in London
Age 53 years, 3 months
Cause asthma

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Spouse Renée Asherson
Occupation actor, film actor, character actor and stage actor
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor

About Robert Donat

Robert Donat was a British actor who made a name for himself in the film industry during the 1930s and 1940s. Born on March 18, 1905, in Withington, Manchester, Donat grew up in a family of modest means. Despite this, he was able to attend school and eventually pursue a career in acting.

Donat's first major role came in 1933 when he starred in the film "The Private Life of Henry VIII." This performance earned him critical acclaim and established him as a leading man in the industry. He went on to star in a number of successful films, including "The 39 Steps" (1935), "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), and "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958).

Throughout his career, Donat was known for his versatility as an actor. He was equally adept at playing comedic and dramatic roles, and his performances were always nuanced and subtle. He was also known for his professionalism and dedication to his craft.

Despite his success, Donat was plagued by health problems throughout his life. He suffered from chronic asthma and was often forced to take time off from work to recover. In 1958, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery to remove it. Although the surgery was successful, Donat's health continued to decline, and he died on June 9, 1958, at the age of 53.

Donat's legacy as an actor lives on today. He is remembered for his talent, his professionalism, and his dedication to his craft. His performances continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the world.


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About Death

He died on 9 June 1958 aged 53 in London. His biographer Kenneth Barrow writes on the cause of his death: "Perhaps the asthma had weakened him but, in fact, it was discovered he had a brain tumour the size of a duck egg and cerebral thrombosis was certified as the primary cause of death."

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