James Donald

James Donald
​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. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Donald, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Name James Donald
Also Known As
Birthday 1917-05-18
Deathday 1993-08-03
Gender Male
IMDB James Donald profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
As: Maj. Clipton
1957-12-14
The Bridge on the Ri...
As: Group Capt. Ramsey "
1963-07-04
The Great Escape...
As: Maj. Safir
1966-03-30
Cast a Giant Shadow...
As: Dr. Mathew Roney
1968-02-16
Quatermass and the P...
As: Pvt. Evans Lloyd
1945-06-03
The Way Ahead...
As: Dr. Kennedy
1965-10-27
King Rat...
As: Theo van Gogh
1956-09-15
Lust for Life...
As: Lord Edwin Mercer
1954-11-16
Beau Brummell...
As: Franz Lerner
1959-11-10
Third Man on the Mou...
As: Doc
1942-09-17
In Which We Serve...
As: Gunnery Officer - H.
1943-12-07
San Demetrio London...
As: Lt. Richard Jennings
1952-06-01
Gift Horse...
As: Bronton
1949-06-02
Edward, My Son...
As: Dr Alan Keam
1952-01-18
Cage of Gold...
As: Col. Gurney-Simms
1967-06-01
The Jokers...
As: Nathaniel Winkle
1954-05-05
The Pickwick Papers...
As: Bill Haverton
1948-04-14
Broken Journey...
As: Murray Byrne
1948-11-27
The Small Voice...
As: Lord Digby Langdon
1949-09-29
The Gay Lady...
As: Bill Harper
1952-05-02
Brandy for the Parso...
As: Carlos V
1969-10-05
The Royal Hunt of th...
As: King Carlos
1969-10-05
The Royal Hunt of th...
As: Lord Egbert
1958-06-28
The Vikings...
As: Michael Heathley
1953-11-05
The Net...
As: Unknown
1955-10-02
Alfred Hitchcock Pre...
As: Unknown
1951-12-24
Hallmark Hall of Fam...
As: Unknown
1963-10-04
Bob Hope Presents th...
As: Unknown
1961-10-02
Ben Casey...
As: Priest
1959-10-12
Play of the Week...