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Ronald Colman

British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his father's death cost him the financial support necessary. He joined the London Scottish Regionals and at the outbreak of World War I was sent to France. Seriously wounded at the battle of Messines--he was gassed--he was invalided out of service scarcely two months after shipping out for France. Upon his recovery he tried to enter the consular service, but a chance encounter got him a small role in a London play. He dropped other plans and concentrated on the theatre, and was rewarded with a succession of increasingly prominent parts. He made extra money appearing in a few minor films, and in 1920 set out for New York in hopes of finding greater fortune there than in war-depressed England. After two years of impoverishment he was cast in a Broadway hit, "La Tendresse". Director Henry King spotted him in the show and cast him as Lillian Gish's leading man in The White Sister (1923). His success in the film led to a contract with Samuel Goldwyn, and his career as a Hollywood leading man was underway. He became a vastly popular star of silent films, in romances as well as adventure films. The coming of sound made his extraordinarily beautiful speaking voice even more important to the film industry. He played sophisticated, thoughtful characters of integrity with enormous aplomb, and swashbuckled expertly when called to do so in films like The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). A decade later he received an Academy Award for his splendid portrayal of a tormented actor in A Double Life (1947). Much of his later career was devoted to "The Halls of Ivy", a radio show that later was transferred to television "The Halls of Ivy" (1954). He continued to work until nearly the end of his life, which came in 1958 after a brief lung illness. He was survived by his second wife, actress Benita Hume, and their daughter Juliet Benita Colman.

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Feb 9, 1891 в Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
Впервые появился:
на movie The White Sister 1923-09-05
Последний проект:
Кино The Story of Mankind 1957-11-08
Известный в фильмах
Poster of A Tale of Two Cities
Poster of Raffles
Poster of The Night of Love
Poster of Lady Windermere's Fan
Кино The Story of Mankind The Spirit of Man 1957-11-08
Кино Вокруг Света за 80 дней Railway Official 1956-10-17
Series The Halls of Ivy 1954-10-19
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18
Кино Champagne For Caesar Beauregard Bottomley 1950-05-11
Кино The Late George Apley George Apley 1947-03-19
Кино A Double Life Anthony John 1947-12-25
Кино Kismet Hafiz 1944-10-01
Кино The Talk of the Town Professor Michael Lightcap 1942-08-20
Кино Random Harvest Smithy 1942-12-17
Кино My Life with Caroline Anthony Mason 1941-08-01
Кино Lucky Partners David Grant 1940-08-02
Кино Свет погас Dick Heldar 1939-12-24
Кино If I Were King François Villon 1938-09-28
Кино Lost Horizon Robert " Bob " Conway 1937-09-01
Кино The Prisoner of Zenda Major Rudolf Rassendyll / The Prisoner of Zenda 1937-09-03
Кино Under Two Flags Sgt. Victor 1936-05-01
Кино Clive of India Robert Clive 1935-01-25
Кино A Tale of Two Cities Sydney Carton 1935-12-25
Кино The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo Paul Gaillard 1935-11-13
Кино Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond 1934-08-15
Кино The Masquerader Sir John Chilcote / John Loder 1933-09-03
Кино Cynara James Warlock 1932-12-24
Кино The Unholy Garden Barrington Hunt 1931-10-28
Кино Arrowsmith Dr. Martin Arrowsmith 1931-12-26
Кино Raffles A.J. Raffles 1930-07-24
Кино The Devil to Pay! Willie Hale 1930-12-20
Кино The Rescue Tom Lingard 1929-01-12
Кино Bulldog Drummond Hugh Drummond 1929-05-02
Кино Condemned Michel 1929-11-03
Кино Two Lovers Mark van Rycke 1928-03-23
Кино The Night of Love Montero 1927-01-22
Кино The Magic Flame Tito the Clown / The Count 1927-09-17
Кино The Winning of Barbara Worth Willard Holmes 1926-10-14
Кино Kiki Victor Renal 1926-04-04
Кино Beau Geste Michael 'Beau' Geste 1926-08-24
Кино A Thief in Paradise Maurice Blake 1925-06-18
Кино Her Sister from Paris Joseph 1925-08-01
Кино Stella Dallas Stephen Dallas 1925-11-16
Кино Lady Windermere's Fan Lord Darlington 1925-12-26
Кино Her Night of Romance Paul Menford 1924-11-24
Кино Romola Carlo Bucellini 1924-12-06
Кино The White Sister Capt. Giovanni Severi 1923-09-05