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James Donald (18 May 1917 - 3 August 1993) was a Scottish actor. Tall and gaunt, he specialised in playing authority figures; military officers, doctors or scientists. Donald was born in Aberdeen, and made his first professional stage appearance sometime in the late-1930s, having been educated at Rossall School on Lancashire's Fylde coast. During World War II he appeared in minor roles in such propaganda classics as In Which We Serve (1942), Went the Day Well? (1942) and The Way Ahead (1944), and he played Mr. Winkle in the 1952 film version of The Pickwick Papers. However, leading roles eluded him until Lust for Life (1956), in which he played Theo Van Gogh. His work in the theatre included Noël Coward's Present Laughter (1943) which starred Coward himself, and The Eagle with Two Heads (1947), You Never Can Tell (1948), and The Heiress (1949) with Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and Donald Sinden. He memorably portrayed Major Clipton, the doctor who expresses grave doubts about the sanity of Col. Nicholson's (Alec Guinness) efforts to build the bridge in order to show up his Japanese captors, in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). The final words are his: "Madness!, Madness!" He also played Group Captain Ramsey, the Senior British Officer in The Great Escape (1963), as well as supporting roles in other notable films both in Britain and the United States, including The Vikings (1958), King Rat (1965), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967). Donald starred in a 1960 television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel and appeared regularly in many other television dramas in the UK and USA, as well as on stage. In 1961, he played Prince Albert opposite Julie Harris's Queen Victoria, in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Laurence Housman's play Victoria Regina.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

James Donald (18 May 1917 - 3 August 1993) was a Scottish actor. Tall and gaunt, he specialised in playing authority figures; military officers, doctors or scientists. Donald was born in Aberdeen, and made his first professional stage appearance sometime in the late-1930s, having been educated at Rossall School on Lancashire's Fylde coast. During World War II he appeared in minor roles in such propaganda classics as In Which We Serve (1942), Went the Day Well? (1942) and The Way Ahead (1944), and he played Mr. Winkle in the 1952 film version of The Pickwick Papers. However, leading roles eluded him until Lust for Life (1956), in which he played Theo Van Gogh. His work in the theatre included Noël Coward's Present Laughter (1943) which starred Coward himself, and The Eagle with Two Heads (1947), You Never Can Tell (1948), and The Heiress (1949) with Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and Donald Sinden. He memorably portrayed Major Clipton, the doctor who expresses grave doubts about the sanity of Col. Nicholson's (Alec Guinness) efforts to build the bridge in order to show up his Japanese captors, in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). The final words are his: "Madness!, Madness!" He also played Group Captain Ramsey, the Senior British Officer in The Great Escape (1963), as well as supporting roles in other notable films both in Britain and the United States, including The Vikings (1958), King Rat (1965), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967). Donald starred in a 1960 television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel and appeared regularly in many other television dramas in the UK and USA, as well as on stage. In 1961, he played Prince Albert opposite Julie Harris's Queen Victoria, in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Laurence Housman's play Victoria Regina.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1917-05-18

Day of Death 1993-08-03

Place of Birth Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun as King Carlos as Carlos V
1967 Quatermass and the Pit as Dr. Mathew Roney
1967 The Jokers as Col. Gurney-Simms
1966 Cast a Giant Shadow as Maj. Safir
1965 King Rat as Dr. Kennedy
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 The Great Escape as Group Capt. Ramsey "The SBO"
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1959 Third Man on the Mountain as Franz Lerner
1959 Play of the Week (1 episode) as Priest
1958 The Vikings as Lord Egbert
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai as Maj. Clipton
1956 Lust for Life as Theo van Gogh
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (2 episodes)
1954 Beau Brummell as Lord Edwin Mercer
1953 The Net as Michael Heathley
1952 The Pickwick Papers as Nathaniel Winkle
1952 Gift Horse as Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1
1952 Brandy for the Parson as Bill Harper
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (3 episodes)
1950 Cage of Gold as Dr Alan Keam
1949 The Gay Lady as Lord Digby Langdon
1949 Edward, My Son as Bronton
1948 The Small Voice as Murray Byrne
1948 Broken Journey as Bill Haverton
1944 The Way Ahead as Pvt. Evans Lloyd
1943 San Demetrio London as Gunnery Officer - H.M.S. Jervis Bay
1942 In Which We Serve as Doc

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