Ronald Colman

Screenwriter / Actor | * 02/09/1891 († 67, 05/19/1958) | Richmond, Surrey, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Ronald Charles Colman (9 February 1891 – 19 May 1958) was an English-born actor, starting his career in theatre and silent film in his native country, then emigrating to the United States and having a successful Hollywood film career. He was most popular during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He received Oscar nominations for Bulldog Drummond (1929), Condemned (1929) and Random Harvest (1942). Colman starred in several classic films, including A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Lost Horizon (1937) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). He also played the starring role in the Technicolor classic Kismet (1944), with Marlene Dietrich, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 1947, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden... ()
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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 aBroadwayhit, "La Tendresse". DirectorHenry Kingspotted him in the show and cast him asLillian Gish's leading man inThe White Sister(1923). His success in the film led to a contract withSamuel 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 likeThe Prisoner of Zenda(1937). A decade later he received an AcademyAwardfor his splendid portrayal of a tormented actor inA 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, actressBenita Hume, and their daughterJuliet Benita Colman.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Ronald Colman

Academy Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 3x Academy Award for Best Actor

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Movies with Ronald Colman as Actor(52)

as Himself (archive footage)2001 Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as The Spirit of Man1957 The Story of Mankind
as Railway Official1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
as Beauregard Bottomley1950 Champagne for Caesar
as George Apley1947 The Late George Apley
as Anthony John1947 A Double Life
as Hafiz1944 Kismet
as Charles Rainier aka "Smithy"1942 Random Harvest
as Professor Michael Lightcap1942 The Talk of the Town
as Anthony Mason1941 My Life with Caroline
as David Grant1940 Lucky Partners
as Dick Heldar1939 The Light That Failed
as François Villon1938 If I Were King
as Robert " Bob " Conway1937 Lost Horizon
as Major Rudolf Rassendyll / The Prisoner of Zenda1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
as Sgt. Victor1936 Under Two Flags
as Robert Clive1935 Clive of India
as Sydney Carton1935 A Tale of Two Cities
as Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond1934 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
as Sir John Chilcote / John Loder1933 The Masquerader
as James Warlock1932 Cynara
as Dr. Martin Arrowsmith1931 Arrowsmith
as Barrington Hunt1931 The Unholy Garden
as Willie Hale1930 The Devil to Pay!
as A.J. Raffles1930 Raffles
as Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond1929 Bulldog Drummond
as Tom Lingard1929 The Rescue
as Michel1929 Condemned
as Mark van Rycke1928 Two Lovers
as Montero1927 The Night of Love
as Tito the Clown / The Count1927 The Magic Flame
as Victor Renal1926 Kiki
as Michael 'Beau' Geste1926 Beau Geste
as Willard Holmes1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth
as Donald MacAllan1925 The Sporting Venus
as Captain Alan Trent1925 The Dark Angel
as Stephen Dallas1925 Stella Dallas
as Joseph1925 Her Sister from Paris
as Lord Darlington1925 Lady Windermere's Fan
as Maurice Blake1925 A Thief in Paradise
as John Douglas1925 His Supreme Moment
as Carlo Bucellini1924 Romola
as Emmet Carr1924 Tarnish
as Paul Menford1924 Her Night of Romance
as Capt. Giovanni Severi1923 The White Sister
as Brendan1920 Anna the Adventuress

TV Shows/Series with Ronald Colman as Actor(2)

TV Shows/Series with Ronald Colman as Crew(1)

Writing/Writer1952 Four Star Playhouse

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Ronald Colman
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Monday, 02/09 1891 (February) in Richmond, Surrey, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Died: Monday, 05/19 1958 (May) in Santa Barbara (aged: 67)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Languages: English (EN)
Spouses (current/former): Benita Hume
Other names for Ronald Colman (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Ronald Charles Colman"
Ronald Colman frequently works together with these people:
Samuel Goldwyn (16x, Crew)
Alfred Newman (12x, Crew)
George Fitzmaurice (11x, Crew)
Frances Marion (11x, Crew)
George Barnes (11x, Crew)
Stuart Heisler (8x, Crew)
John George (7x, Actor)
Richard Day (7x, Crew)
Gregg Toland (7x, Crew)
Henry King (6x, Crew)
Ida Lupino (4x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:109031, Added: 06/27/2018, Last updated: 07/10/2021