David Niven

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Quotes (9)

  • (During an Academy Award presentation, responding to the unexpected entrance of a streaker) David Niven: Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings.

  • David Niven: I have a face that is a cross between two pounds of halibut and an explosion in an old clothes closet.

  • (On the movie "Separate Tables" (1958)) David Niven: They gave me very good lines and then cut to Deborah Kerr while I was saying them.

  • David Niven: I've been lucky enough to win an Oscar, write a best-seller - my other dream would be to have a painting in the Louvre. The only way that's going to happen is if I paint a dirty one on the wall of the gentlemen's lavatory.

  • David Niven: You can count on Errol Flynn, he'll always let you down.

  • David Niven: I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone can handle a bad girl. It's the good girls men should be warned against

  • David Niven: In 40 years I've never been late. They pay me enough - so the least I can do is arrive sober, be on time and know all the jokes.

  • David Niven: Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing games?

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Trivia (15)

  • David formed the production company, Four Star in 1952, with fellow actors, Ida Lupino, Dick Powell and Charles Boyer.

  • David only ever appeared on Broadway once, in the 1951-1952 season in Nina, with Gloria Swanson.

  • David has written four books: Round the Rugged Rocks/Once Over Lightly (1951), The Moon's a Balloon (1971), Bring on the Empty Horses (1975) and Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly (1981).

  • In 1958, he won a Best Actor Academy Award for Separate Tables.

  • Contrary to a popular myth, he was not a cousin of actor Patrick Macnee. According to Macnee, in Sheridan Morley's 1985 biography "The Other Side of the Moon,", his elder brother Max and Patrick's mother were friends and Max was described as an "uncle," as opposed to a cousin. However, there was no blood link.

  • In the James Bond novel You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming, he is referred to, and a pet bird in the story was named after him. Three years after the book was released, he played Bond in Casino Royale (1967). He was even considered for the role of James Bond for Dr. No (1962).

  • Became friends with Clark Gable during the 1930s. While Gable was serving in England during World War II, Gable used to stay over at the Niven's cottage and spend quality time with Niven's wife and children. When, a few years later, Niven's wife died tragically, Gable did his best to comfort Niven. Niven said "Clark was drawing on his own awful experience (his wife Carole Lombard's tragic death) to steer me through mine.

  • After he left the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst he was asked to write down his three preferred regiments, he wrote 'anything but the HLI' (Highland Light Infantry) he was inevitably commissioned into the HLI, later to transferred to the Rifle Brigade.

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