Robert Donat (1905-1958) b. Manchester, England.
Gaining international recognition for his supporting role as Culpepper in Alexander Korda‘s The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Donat’s performance as Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) confirmed his stardom. His wry wit in The 39 Steps (1935) and The Ghost Goes West (1936), combined with the affectionate idealism of The Citadel (1938) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), made him the most popular male romantic lead of the late 1930s in Britain.
During the war he gave one of his finest performances in Carol Reed’s The Young Mr. Pitt (1942), and he continued to extend his range after the war with The Winslow Boy (1948). A chronic asthmatic throughout his career, he was only able to complete his last film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), with the aid of oxygen, and was given a Special Citation by the Academy for the valour of his last performance.