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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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Born:
Feb 9, 1891 In Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
50
First Appeared:
In the movie Anna the Adventuress 1920-02-01
Latest Project:
Movie Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies 2001-10-07
Known For
Poster of The Night of Love
Poster of A Thief in Paradise
Poster of Anna the Adventuress

Ronald Colman Movies Filmography

Movie
Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
Himself (archive footage) 2001-10-07
Movie
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
(archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie
That's Entertainment, Part II
(archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie
The Story of Mankind
The Spirit of Man 1957-11-08
Movie
Around the World in Eighty Days
Railway Official 1956-10-17
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Champagne for Caesar
Beauregard Bottomley 1950-05-11
Movie
The Art Director
1949-11-12
Movie
A Double Life
Anthony John 1947-12-25
Movie
The Late George Apley
George Apley 1947-03-19
Movie
Kismet
Hafiz 1944-10-01
Movie
The Talk of the Town
Professor Michael Lightcap 1942-08-20
Movie
Random Harvest
Charles Rainier aka "Smithy" 1942-12-17
Movie
My Life with Caroline
Anthony Mason 1941-08-01
Movie
Lucky Partners
David Grant 1940-08-02
Movie
The Light That Failed
Dick Heldar 1939-12-24
Movie
If I Were King
Fran├žois Villon 1938-09-28
Movie
The Prisoner of Zenda
Major Rudolf Rassendyll / The Prisoner of Zenda 1937-09-03
Movie
Lost Horizon
Robert " Bob " Conway 1937-03-03
Movie
Under Two Flags
Sgt. Victor 1936-05-01
Movie
A Tale of Two Cities
Sydney Carton 1935-12-25
Movie
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
Paul Gaillard 1935-11-14
Movie
Clive of India
Robert Clive 1935-01-25
Movie
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond 1934-08-15
Movie
The Masquerader
Sir John Chilcote / John Loder 1933-09-03
Movie
Cynara
James Warlock 1932-12-24
Movie
Arrowsmith
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith 1931-12-07
Movie
The Unholy Garden
Barrington Hunt 1931-10-28
Movie
The Devil to Pay!
Willie Hale 1930-12-18
Movie
Raffles
A.J. Raffles 1930-07-24
Movie
Condemned
Michel 1929-11-03
Movie
Bulldog Drummond
Hugh Drummond 1929-05-02
Movie
The Rescue
Tom Lingard 1929-01-12
Movie
Two Lovers
Mark van Rycke 1928-03-23
Movie
The Magic Flame
Tito the Clown / The Count 1927-09-17
Movie
The Night of Love
Montero 1927-01-22
Movie
Kiki
Victor Renal 1926-04-04
Movie
Beau Geste
Michael 'Beau' Geste 1926-08-24
Movie
The Winning of Barbara Worth
Willard Holmes 1926-10-14
Movie
Lady Windermere's Fan
Lord Darlington 1925-12-26
Movie
Stella Dallas
Stephen Dallas 1925-11-16
Movie
The Dark Angel
Captain Alan Trent 1925-09-27
Movie
Her Sister from Paris
Joseph 1925-08-01
Movie
A Thief in Paradise
Maurice Blake 1925-06-18
Movie
The Sporting Venus
Donald MacAllan 1925-04-12
Movie
His Supreme Moment
John Douglas 1925-04-12
Movie
Romola
Carlo Bucellini 1924-12-06
Movie
Her Night of Romance
Paul Menford 1924-11-24
Movie
The White Sister
Capt. Giovanni Severi 1923-09-05
Movie
Anna the Adventuress
Brendan 1920-02-01

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