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Ronald Colman

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His career spanned from silent movies to talkies and he was nominated for Academy Honours for his tasks in Condemned and Bulldog Drummond. He received the 1948 Academy Honor for Best Acting professional for his part in A Two times Life. He experienced a leg damage while providing in WWI. He was mostly of the stars who graduated from silent movies to talking movies. He married celebrity Benita Hume in 1938 as well as the few had one child together. Because of movie directors such as for example William Wellman he could make the changeover from silent films.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ronald Colman
Date Of Birth February 9, 1891
Died May 19, 1958, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.77 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality British
Spouse Benita Hume, Thelma Raye
Children Juliet Colman
Parents Marjory Read Fraser, Charles Colman
Siblings Edith Colman, Marjorie Colman, Eric Colman
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama
Movies Random Harvest, Lost Horizon, A Double Life, The Prisoner of Zenda, A Tale of Two Cities, If I Were King, Bulldog Drummond, The Talk of the Town, Clive of India, The White Sister, The Light that Failed, Under Two Flags, Arrowsmith, The Winning of Barbara Worth, Raffles, Condemned, The Story of Mankind, Lucky Partners, Champagne for Caesar, Cynara, The Masquerader, My Life with Caroline, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, Around the World in 80 Days, The Late George Apley, Kismet, Beau Geste, The Devil to Pay!, The Unholy Garden, The Night of Love, The Magic Flame, Stella Dallas, Lady Windermere's Fan, Romola, Two Lovers, Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, The Dark Angel, Her Night of Romance, Kiki, The Rescue, His Supreme Moment, The Sporting Venus, Her Sister from Paris, The Toilers, A Son of David, A Thief in Paradise, Snow in the Desert, The Live Wire, Twenty Dollars a Week, Tarnish
TV Shows The Halls of Ivy
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1 He was lined up to play the leading role in a proposed MGM film based on John Wyndham's novel "The Midwich Cuckoos" when illness and then death overcame him. MGM did make a film of this book two years after his death, when his role was taken over by George Sanders - who had, in the meantime, also married Colman's widow, Benita Hume.
2 His Shakespearean acting for the scenes from "Othello" in A Double Life (1947) was coached by Walter Hampden.
3 Colman's Oscar statuette sold for $206,250 when it was auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Memorabilia on February 28, 2012.
4 He, along with wife Benita Hume, was a frequent guest on Jack Benny's radio show. The Colmans were supposed to be next-door neighbors. After Colman won his Oscar, Jack borrowed it to take home only to be robbed and the Oscar taken. For several weeks the show's story line was the recovery of the stolen Oscar.
5 Christopher Walken (whose given name is Ronald) was named for him.
6 When he made his mark in Hollywood as a handsome young silent actor, there were some who doubted he would translate well to "talkies." His subsequent success in radio (he made a multi-volume recording of the William Shakespeare sonnets, as well) proved them wrong with a vengeance.
7 In his early film career he was panned by many critics for his overtheatrics (used in the stage work he was doing at the time) and his pronounced limp (from a bad war injury). He credited working with greats such as George Arliss for overcoming those obstacles.
8 Fought with the British Army in World War I, and was wounded during the Battle of Ypres.
9 His recording of "A Christmas Carol", originally released in a Decca 78-RPM set in 1941, was the first recorded version to win wide acclaim. It appeared several times on LP, and has recently (October 2005) been released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon, along with its frequent companion piece on LP, "Mr. Pickwick's Christmas".
10 He made his film debut in an unreleased two-reel short made in 1919. Its title is unknown, and references to it as 'Live Wire, The (1917)' apparently erroneously connect it to a play of that title in which Colman appeared around the same time.
11 Daughter Juliet Benita Colman (b. 1944).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Story of Mankind 1957 The Spirit of Man
General Electric Theater 1956 TV Series Graham
Around the World in Eighty Days 1956 Great Indian Peninsular Railway Official
Studio 57 1956 TV Series Artist
The Halls of Ivy 1954-1955 TV Series Dr. William Todhunter Hall / William Todhunter Hall / Dr. William TodhunterHall / ...
Four Star Playhouse 1952-1953 TV Series Dr. Bosanquent / Cameron / Caller
The Jack Benny Program 1952 TV Series Ronald Colman
Champagne for Caesar 1950 Beauregard Bottomley
A Double Life 1947 Anthony John
The Late George Apley 1947 George Apley
Kismet 1944 Hafiz
Random Harvest 1942 Charles Rainier
The Talk of the Town 1942 Professor Michael Lightcap
My Life with Caroline 1941 Anthony
Lucky Partners 1940 David
The Light That Failed 1939 Dick Heldar
If I Were King 1938 François Villon
The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 Major Rudolf Rassendyll The Prisoner of Zenda
Lost Horizon 1937 Robert Conway
Under Two Flags 1936 Sgt. Victor
A Tale of Two Cities 1935 Sydney Carton
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo 1935 Paul Gaillard
Clive of India 1935 Robert Clive
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back 1934 Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
The Masquerader 1933 Sir John Chilcote / John Loder, His Cousin
Cynara 1932 Jim Warlock
Arrowsmith 1931 Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
The Unholy Garden 1931 Barrington Hunt
The Devil to Pay! 1930 Willie Hale
Terra Melophon Magazin Nr. 1 1930 Short episode "Welches ist ihr Typ"
Raffles 1930 A.J. Raffles
Condemned! 1929 Michel
Bulldog Drummond 1929 Hugh Drummond
The Rescue 1929 Tom Lingard
Two Lovers 1928 Mark Van Rycke
The Magic Flame 1927 Tito the Clown / The Count
The Night of Love 1927 Montero
The Winning of Barbara Worth 1926 Willard Holmes
Beau Geste 1926 Michael 'Beau' Geste
Kiki 1926 Victor Renal
Lady Windermere's Fan 1925 Lord Darlington
Stella Dallas 1925 Stephen Dallas
The Dark Angel 1925 Captain Alan Trent
Her Sister from Paris 1925 Joseph Weyringer
His Supreme Moment 1925 John Douglas
The Sporting Venus 1925 Donald MacAllan
A Thief in Paradise 1925 Maurice Blake
Romola 1924 Carlo Bucellini
Her Night of Romance 1924 Paul Menford
Tarnish 1924 Emmet Carr
Twenty Dollars a Week 1924 Chester Reeves
The Eternal City 1923 Extra (uncredited)
The White Sister 1923 Capt. Giovanni Severini
Handcuffs or Kisses 1921 Lodyard
Foolish Monte Carlo 1920 Vicomte de Beaurais
Anna the Adventuress 1920 Brendan
A Son of David 1920 Maurice Phillips
Snow in the Desert 1919 Rupert Sylvester
Sheba 1919 Bit part (uncredited)
A Daughter of Eve 1919 Bit Part (uncredited)
The Toilers 1919 Bob
The Live Wire 1917 Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Partners 1940 "Comin' Thro' the Rye", uncredited
The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 performer: "Artist's Life, Op.316" 1867 - uncredited
The Devil to Pay! 1930 "The British Grenadiers", uncredited / performer: "Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Four Star Playhouse 1952-1953 TV Series producer - 3 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Halls of Ivy 1955 TV Series 1 episode
Four Star Playhouse 1952 TV Series television play - 1 episode

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Halls of Ivy 1955 TV Series executive in charge of production - 1 episode
Four Star Playhouse 1954 TV Series production supervisor - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jack Benny Program 1956 TV Series Himself
Four Star Playhouse 1954 TV Series Himself - Host / Narrator
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 4: Hollywood Celebrations 1945 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood 1940 Documentary short Himself, Tennis Fan
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 9 1937 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 1933 Short Himself
Governor C.C. Young Hails Greater Talkie Season 1930 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Lost Horizon' 1999 Video documentary short Robert Conway (uncredited)
Northern Exposure 1993 TV Series Rudolf Rassendyll
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind 1988 TV Movie documentary Actor in a film clip
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Himself
The Moviemakers 1983 TV Series Himself
Historia del cine: Epoca muda 1983 Video documentary Lord Darlington (uncredited)
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'A Tale of Two Cities'
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1969 TV Movie documentary Actor 'A Tale of Two Cities' (uncredited)
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Himself
Hollywood: The Golden Years 1961 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Movies Golden Age 1961 TV Movie documentary Carlo Bucellini
Screen Snapshots: Ramblin' Round Hollywood 1955 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Spike Jones in Hollywood 1953 Short Himself
The Art Director 1949 Documentary short Himself - edited from 'Late George Apley' (uncredited)
Some of the Best 1943 Documentary Charles Rainier in Random Harvest (uncredited)
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 3 1942 Documentary short Himself (clip from"The Light That Failed") (uncredited)
Personality Parade 1938 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Movie Memories #2 1934 Documentary short

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 1623 Vine Street.
1948 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role A Double Life (1947)
1948 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor A Double Life (1947)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1943 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Random Harvest (1942)
1930 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Bulldog Drummond (1929)
1930 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Condemned (1929)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1942 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Random Harvest (1942)

TitleSalary
Lost Horizon (1937) $162,500

#Quote
1 A man usually falls in love with a woman who asks the kind of questions he is able to answer.
2 I visited agents, knocked at producers' doors; no one was interested. I was just another stage actor on tour, on the outside of Hollywood looking in. I returned to New York depressed and disappointed.
3 [asked if The Story of Mankind (1957) was based on a book] Yes. But they are using only the notes on the dust jacket.
4 Why should I go to dull parties and say dull things just because I wear greasepaint and make love to beautiful women on the screen?
5 I loathe war. I'm inclined to be bitter about the politics of munitions and real estate, which are the reasons of war. It certainly taught me to value the quiet life and strengthened my conviction that to keep as far out of range of vision as possible is to to be as safe as possible.
6 I persevered in those English films, and persevered is the word, though I am the first to admit that I was a very bad actor in them.
7 Whenever I hear of young actors down and out and broke in New York (and what a cliché of show business it is supposed to be!), I remember my own experiences in 1921 - and find it no laughing matter by any criterion.
8 They talk of the artist finding liberation in work, it is true. One can be someone else in another, more dramatic, more beautiful world.
9 [to his agent] Before God I'm worth 35 dollars a week. Before the motion picture industry I'm worth anything you can get.
10 Fame has robbed me of my freedom and shut me up in prison, and because the prison walls are gilded, and the key that locks me in is gold, does not make it any more tolerable.

#Trademark
1 Rich, mellifluous voice

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