Robert Douglas (actor)

Robert Douglas Finlayson (9 November 1909 – 11 January 1999), known professionally as Robert Douglas, was an English stage and film actor, a television director and producer.

Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas the actor.jpg
Douglas in 1932
Born
Robert Douglas Finlayson

(1909-11-09)9 November 1909
Died11 January 1999(1999-01-11) (aged 89)
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1927-1982
Spouse(s)
Dorothy Hyson
(m. 1935; div. 1945)

Suzanne Weldon
(m. 1946; died 1995)
Children2 [1]

Early career and personal lifeEdit

Douglas was born in Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire.[2] He studied at RADA and made his stage debut at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth in 1927.[3] A year later he made his first London appearance in Many Waters at the Ambassadors Theatre and went into films the following year.[1]

Personal life and deathEdit

He was married twice, to actresses Dorothy Hyson (1914–1996) and Suzanne Weldon (1921–1995), fathering two children, Lucinda and Robert (Giles).[1] He died from natural causes in Encinitas, California, aged 89.[4] His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.[5]

CareerEdit

As an actorEdit

TheatreEdit

  • 1927: The Best People (Theatre Royal Bournemouth + tour)
  • 1928: Crime (Grand Theatre Croydon + tour)
  • 1928: Many Waters (Ambassadors Theatre London)
  • 1928: Mrs.Moonlight (Kingsway Theatre London)
  • 1929: Black St. Anthony (Strand Theatre London)
  • 1929: A Bill of Divorcement (St.Martin's Theatre London)
  • 1929: Barbara's Wedding (Apollo Theatre London)
  • 1929: Many Waters (in UK, in Canada / Maxine Elliott's Theatre, Broadway + Times Square Theater Broadway)
  • 1930: The Last Enemy (Fortune Theatre London)
  • 1930: Suspense (Duke of York's Theatre London)
  • 1930: Badger's Green (Prince of Wales Theatre London)
  • 1930: The Last Enemy (Hartford / New Haven + Shubert Theatre Broadway)
  • 1931: After All (Criterion Theatre London + The New Theatre London)
  • 1931: The Arch-Duchess (Phoenix-Theatre London)
  • 1931: Vile Bodies (Arts Theatre London)
  • 1931: Brief Moment (Detroit / Washington + Belasco Theatre Broadway + Cort Theatre Broadway)
  • 1932: Vile Bodies (Vaudeville Theatre London)
  • 1932: As it was in the Beginning (Arts Theatre London)
  • 1933: Ten Minute Alibi (Embassy Theatre London + Haymarket Theatre London)
  • 1933: These Two (Arts Theatre London)
  • 1934: Men in White (Lyric Theatre London + tour)
  • 1934: Overture 1920 (Phoenix Theatre London)
  • 1934: Inside the Room (Queens Theatre London)
  • 1935: Theatre Royal / The Royal Family (Lyric Theatre London + tour)
  • 1935: Most of the Game (Cort Theatre Broadway)
  • 1936: No Exit (Embassy Theatre London + St.Martin's Theatre London)
  • 1936: Stubble before Swords (Globe Theatre London)
  • 1936: Kind Lady (The King's Theatre Edinburgh + Lyric Theatre London)
  • 1938: Official Secret (Tour + New Theatre London)
  • 1938: Night Arrival (Globe Theatre London)
  • 1939: The Spring Time of Others (Gate Theatre London)
  • 1946: Lighten our Darkness (New Theatre Hull + tour)
  • 1946: He Lived in Two Worlds (Wimbledon Theatre London + tour)
  • 1946: But for the Grace of God (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh + tour + St.James Theatre London)

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

As a directorEdit

TheatreEdit

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

As a producerEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Vallance, Tom (23 January 1999). "Obituary: Robert Douglas". The Independent. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Douglas". BFI.
  3. ^ Richards, Jeffrey (26 March 2014). "Swordsmen of the Screen: From Douglas Fairbanks to Michael York". Routledge – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Robert Douglas, 89, Suave Actor Turned Director". 16 January 1999 – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ "Robert Douglas (1909-1999) - Find A Grave Memorial".

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