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Robert Donat

Robert Donat


3/18/1905, Withington, Manchester, England, United Kingdom



Birth Name

Friedrich Robert Donath


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Robert Donat was a lovely man in character and talent. Born in 1905, Donat made his first appearance on stage at age sixteen and was as widely known for his roles on stage as on film. Robert Donat, was an enigma for his time in the film community,…more


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    • Robert stood 6' tall.

    • Robert Donat was married twice. His first marriage was to Ella Annesley Voyesy and lasted from 1929 to 1946, producing three children. Mr.Donat's second marriage was to Renee Asherson and lasted from 1953 until his death in 1958.

    • Robert Donat was the favorite actor of fellow British thespian Peter Sellers. Sellers was known to have commented that he thought Bob Donat was a god.

    • Robert Donat won an Academy Award for Best Actor In A Lead Role for the 1939 film "Goodbye, Mr. Chips". He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor In A Lead Role for "The Citadel" (1938).

    • Mr.Donat has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6420 Hollywood Blvd.

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    Robert Donat managed to do the impossible when he beat out Clark Gable for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The competition was fierce for the award in 1939 and it came as quiet a shock when Donat won with "Goodbye, Mr.Chips" over Gable in "Gone With The Wind". Doant, was a bit of an oddity in the film world of his day. He was just a lovely man of British nationality, who was not a great debonair hero or a sarcastic wit. Donat only made twenty films over the course of his career. The small number being his unwillingness to work in America and his fragile health. His most famous fole was in Hitchcock's "39 Steps". Robert Donat died in 1958 at the age of 53. He had long suffered from chronic asthma.moreless