James Donald

Actor
The film career of Scotsman James Donald began in earnest with the role of Theo Van Gogh, opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent, in the 1956 biopic "Lust for Life. " Two years later, he had another one of his more famous ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1917 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

Inspector Gregory (Actor)

Conduct Unbecoming 1975 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

Padre (Actor)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

King Carlos V (Actor)

Five Million Years to Earth 1968 (Movie)

Dr Matthew Roney (Actor)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

Safir (Actor)

The Jokers 1966 (Movie)

Colonel Gurney-Simms (Actor)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

Dr Kenney (Actor)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

Senior Officer Ramsay (Actor)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

Franz Lerner (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

Egbert (Actor)

The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 (Movie)

Major Clipton (Actor)

Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

Theo Van Gogh (Actor)

Beau Brummell 1954 (Movie)

Lord Edwin Mercer (Actor)

The Pickwick Papers 1953 (Movie)

Mr Winkle (Actor)

Destiny of a Spy (TV Show)

Actor

Edward, My Son (Movie)

Bronton (Actor)

In Which We Serve (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

The Way Ahead (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)
Producer (2)

Hitler's Lost Sub 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Production Management (2)

The Beast of Loch Ness 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Production Manager

To the Moon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Production Manager

Biography

The film career of Scotsman James Donald began in earnest with the role of Theo Van Gogh, opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent, in the 1956 biopic "Lust for Life. " Two years later, he had another one of his more famous film opportunities alongside Douglas once again, this time as a manly rather than a sensitive sibling in the 1958 adventure "The Vikings." But it was the movie that Donald made in between, David Lean's timeless wartime drama "Bridge on the River Kwai," that forever stamped the Scot in the cinematic consciousness. At the end of epic battle between the characters played by Alec Guinness and William Holden, it was Donald as Major Clipton who got to utter the famous final line of dialogue, "Madness. Madness!" In 1963, Donald was part of another one of the great World War II movies of all-time, "The Great Escape," starring as Group Captain Ramsey, the senior British officer interned in the German POW camp at the center of the fact-inspired Steve McQueen classic. Some of the actor's other performances of note include yet another World War II POW film, 1965's "King Rat," set in Singapore, and the co-starring role of Nathaniel Winkle in a 1952 version of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers."

EDUCATION

Edinburgh University

McGill University

Montreal, Quebec

Milestones

1946

Tv acting debut

1940

Film acting debut

1935

Stage acting debut

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