Biography

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark. Family memories state that Donald's brother-in-law James Needham (Louisa's husband) lent/gave Donald the fare to USA. The family have a photo of Donald which he sent to 'Jimmy' and signed. On 16th February 1937 Donald applied for a US Social Security account number giving his address as N Vista Street Hollywood California, and his employers Warner Brothers Pictures, Burbank California. On his application Donald did not know his mother's maiden name.

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark. Family memories state that Donald's brother-in-law James Needham (Louisa's husband) lent/gave Donald the fare to USA. The family have a photo of Donald which he sent to 'Jimmy' and signed. On 16th February 1937 Donald applied for a US Social Security account number giving his address as N Vista Street Hollywood California, and his employers Warner Brothers Pictures, Burbank California. On his application Donald did not know his mother's maiden name.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 116

Birthday 1882-07-27

Day of Death 1974-05-25

Place of Birth Bow, London, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • George William Crisp
  • James Needham

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1963 Spencer's Mountain as Grandpa Spencer
1961 Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog as James Brown
1960 Pollyanna as Mayor Karl Warren
1959 A Dog of Flanders as Jehan Daas
1958 The Last Hurrah as Cardinal Martin Burke
1958 Saddle the Wind as Dennis Deneen
1957 Drango as Judge Allen
1955 The Man from Laramie as Alec Waggoman
1955 The Long Gray Line as Old Martin
1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere
1954 Prince Valiant as King Aguar
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1951 Home Town Story as John MacFarland
1950 Bright Leaf as Major Singleton
1949 Challenge to Lassie as 'Jock' Gray
1948 Whispering Smith as Barney Rebstock
1948 Hills of Home as Drumsheugh
1947 Ramrod as Sheriff Jim Crew
1945 The Valley of Decision as William Scott
1945 Son of Lassie as Sam Carraclough
1944 National Velvet as Herbert Brown
1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain as J.B. Pond
1944 The Uninvited as Commander Beech
1943 Lassie Come Home as Sam Carraclough
1943 Forever and a Day as Capt. Martin
1942 The Battle of Midway as Narrator
1942 The Gay Sisters as Ralph Pedloch
1941 How Green Was My Valley as Mr. Gwillym Morgan
1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Sir Charles Emery
1941 Shining Victory as Dr. Drewett
1940 Knute Rockne All American as Father John Callahan, C.S.C
1940 City for Conquest as Scotty MacPherson
1940 The Sea Hawk as Admiral Sir John Burleson
1940 Brother Orchid as Brother Superior
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as Minister Althoff
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as Francis Bacon
1939 The Old Maid as Doctor Lanskell
1939 Daughters Courageous as Samuel 'Sam' Sloane
1939 Juarez as Maréchal Bazaine
1939 Sons of Liberty as Alexander McDougall
1939 Wuthering Heights as Dr. Kenneth
1939 The Oklahoma Kid as Judge Hardwick
1938 The Dawn Patrol as Phipps
1938 Comet Over Broadway as Grant
1938 The Sisters as Tim Hazelton
1938 Valley of the Giants as Andy Stone
1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse as Police Inspector Lewis Lane
1938 The Beloved Brat as Mr. Morgan
1938 Jezebel as Dr. Livingstone
1938 Sergeant Murphy as Col. Todd Carruthers
1937 The Life of Emile Zola as Maitre Labori
1937 That Certain Woman as Jack V. Merrick Sr.
1937 Confession as Presiding Judge
1937 Parnell as Michael Davitt
1937 The Great O'Malley as Police Captain Cromwell
1936 Beloved Enemy as Liam Burke
1936 A Woman Rebels as Judge Byron Thistlewaite
1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade as Colonel Campbell
1936 Mary of Scotland as Huntly
1936 The White Angel as Dr. Hunt
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty as Thomas Burkitt
1935 Oil For The Lamps Of China as Mr. McCarger
1935 Laddie as Mr. Pryor
1935 Vanessa: Her Love Story as George the Inn Owner
1934 The Little Minister as Docteur McQueen
1934 What Every Woman Knows as David Wylie
1934 The Life of Vergie Winters as Mike Davey
1934 The Key as Peadar Conlan
1933 Broadway Bad as Darrall
1932 Red Dust as Guidon
1932 A Passport to Hell as Sgt. Snyder
1931 Kick In as Garvey
1931 Svengali as The Laird
1930 Scotland Yard as Charles Fox
1929 The Return of Sherlock Holmes as Colonel Moran
1929 The Pagan as Roger Slater
1928 The Viking as Leif Ericsson
1928 Trent's Last Case as Sigsbee Manderson
1926 The Black Pirate as MacTavish
1925 Don Q Son of Zorro as Don Sebastian
1921 The Bonnie Brier Bush as Lachlan Campbell
1919 Broken Blossoms as Battling Burrows
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages as Extra (uncredited)
1915 A Girl of Yesterday as A.H. Monroe
1915 The Birth of a Nation as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
1914 The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' as -
1914 The Escape as 'Bull' McGee
1914 Home, Sweet Home as The Mother's Son
1914 The Battle of the Sexes as Frank Andrews
1913 Black and White
1912 The Musketeers of Pig Alley as Rival Gang Member (uncredited)
1911 The Miser's Heart
1911 The Battle as A Union soldier
1911 The Long Road as A Servant / The Landlord
1911 The Adventures of Billy as First Tramp
1911 The Making of a Man as Actor / Backstage
1911 The Primal Call
1911 What Shall We Do with Our Old?
1911 Fate's Turning as The Valet
1911 The Italian Barber as At Ball
1910 Sunshine Sue as Head of the Sweatshop

Directing

1930 The Runaway Bride Director
1928 The Cop Director
1928 Stand and Deliver Director
1927 Dress Parade Director
1927 The Fighting Eagle Director
1927 Vanity Director
1927 Young April Director
1927 Man Bait Director
1925 Don Q Son of Zorro Director
1924 The Navigator Director
1923 Ponjola Director
1921 The Bonnie Brier Bush Director
1921 The Barbarian Director
1919 Venus in the East Director
1919 Under the Top Director
1915 The Birth of a Nation Assistant Director
1914 The Little Country Mouse Director

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