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Donald Crisp

Donald Crisp

Highest Rated: 100% The Man From Laramie (1955)

Lowest Rated: 60% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1882

Birthplace: Bow, London, England, UK

British born Donald Crisp became one of cinema's most reliable and beloved character actors, but few moviegoers who enjoyed his work were likely aware of just how far reaching and involved his career really was. Crisp really hit his stride in the 1930s when he became one of Warner Brothers' most prized contract players, but he had actually already been in the entertainment business for 30 years by that point. After starting off as an opera singer on the East Coast, Crisp journeyed to California and in association with D.W. Griffith, became a seasoned actor and director in the early days of silent features. He also went on to be a key figure in the world of motion picture financing, but continued to accept movie assignments out of his love for performing. The enthusiasm and considerable skill with which he conveyed both dramatic nuance and broad farce kept him of interest to the studios and Crisp enlivened such classics as "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936). In the 1940s, he was an Oscar winner for "How Green Was My Valley" (1942) and provided fine support in such MGM classics as "Lassie Come Home" (1943) and "National Velvet" (1944). Over a career that spanned more than 50 years, Crisp proved to be a venerable performer and, with his wide-ranging background in front of the camera and behind the scenes, was one of the true renaissance men of Golden Age Hollywood.

Highest rated movies

100% Greyfriars Bobby
100% The Man From Laramie
100% Beloved Enemy
100% The Black Pirate
98% National Velvet
96% Wuthering Heights
96% Jezebel
96% Mutiny on the Bounty

Photos

THE LAST HURRAH, Donald Crisp, 1958 LASSIE COME HOME, Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, 1943 SON OF LASSIE, Donald Crisp, Nigel Bruce, 1945 THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, Donald Crisp as Francis Bacon, 1939 THE BELOVED BRAT, Bonita Granville, Natalie Moorhead, Donald Crisp, 1938 COMET OVER BROADWAY, Donald Crisp, 1938 RED DUST, from left, Clark Gable, Donakld Crisp, 1932 NATIONAL VELVET, Donald Crisp entertains child stars Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Juanita Quigley, Elizabeth Taylor, on-set, 1944 CITY FOR CONQUEST, James Cagney, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, 1940 HILLS OF HOME, (aka MASTER OF LASSIE), Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, 1948 A DOG OF FLANDERS, Donald Crisp, 1960, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp JEZEBEL, from left: Henry O'Neill, Fay Bainter, Margaret Lindsay, Richard Cromwell, Donald Crisp, 1938 WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS, from left: David Torrence, Donald Crisp, Helen Hayes, Dudley Digges, 1934 THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, left from second left: James Stephenson, Leo G. Carroll, Donald Crisp as Francis Bacon, Henry Stephenson, Henry Daniell, 1939 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Donald Crisp, 1935 THE BIRTH OF A NATION, Howard Gaye, Donald Crisp, 1915 THE OKLAHOMA KID, James Cagney, Donald Crisp, 1939 KICK IN, Regis Toomey, Clara Bow, Donald Crisp, 1931 PARNELL, Donald Meek (left), Clark Gable (lying down), Donald Crisp, 1937 LASSIE COME HOME, Elsa Lanchester, Lassie, Donald Crisp, 1943

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 67% Spencer's Mountain Grandpa Spencer (Character) - 1963
100% 79% Greyfriars Bobby James Brown (Character) - 1961
86% 79% Pollyanna Mayor Karl Warren (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 69% A Dog of Flanders Jehan Daas (Character) - 1959
86% 81% The Last Hurrah His Eminence Cardinal Martin Burke (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 55% Saddle the Wind Dennis Deneen (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drango Judge Allen (Character) - 1957
100% 79% The Man From Laramie Alec Waggoman (Character) - 1955
90% 75% The Long Gray Line Old Martin (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 35% Prince Valiant King Aguar (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 23% Home Town Story John MacFarland (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 58% Bright Leaf Major James Singleton (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 36% Challenge to Lassie "Jock" Gray (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Abbott & Costello Double Feature - Jack And The Beanstalk & Africa Screams Executive Producer - 1949
83% 61% Whispering Smith Barney Rebstock (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 60% Hills of Home Drumsheugh (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% Ramrod Sheriff Jim Crew (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 81% The Valley of Decision William Scott (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 63% Son of Lassie Sam Carraclough (Character) - 1945
95% 80% The Uninvited Commander Beech (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 59% The Adventures of Mark Twain J.B. Pond (Character) - 1944
98% 78% National Velvet Mr. Brown (Character) - 1944
94% 77% Lassie Come Home Sam Carraclough (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 50% The Gay Sisters Ralph Pedloch (Character) - 1942
60% 61% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sir Charles Emery (Character) - 1941
93% 81% How Green Was My Valley Mr. Gwilym Morgan (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shining Victory Dr. Drewett (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 69% Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Minister Althoff (Character) - 1940
94% 87% The Sea Hawk Sir John Burleson (Character) - 1940
88% 60% Knute Rockne, All American Father John Callahan (Character) - 1940
80% 74% City for Conquest Scotty MacPherson (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 66% Brother Orchid Brother Superior (Character) - 1940
96% 85% Wuthering Heights Dr. Kenneth (Character) $593.9K 1939
71% 48% Juarez Gen. Marechal Achille Bazaine (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daughters Courageous Samuel "Sam" Sloane (Character) - 1939
80% 64% Elizabeth the Queen Francis Bacon (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 76% The Old Maid Dr. Lanskell (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 48% The Oklahoma Kid Judge Hardwick (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sons of Liberty Alexander McDougall (Character) - 1939
96% 83% Jezebel Dr. Livingstone (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 62% The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Inspector Lane (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 83% The Dawn Patrol Phipps (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comet Over Broadway Grant (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Valley of the Giants Andy Stone (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 0% Beloved Brat Mr. John Morgan (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 56% The Sisters Tim Hazelton (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sergeant Murphy Col. Carruthers (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 33% Parnell Michael Davitt (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 67% The Great O'Malley Police Captain Cromwell (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 42% That Certain Woman Jack V. Merrick Sr. (Character) - 1937
92% 74% The Life of Emile Zola Maitre Labori (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Confession Presiding Judge (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 29% A Woman Rebels Judge Byron Thistlewaite (Character) - 1936
100% 43% Beloved Enemy Liam Burke (Character) - 1936
71% 59% The Charge of the Light Brigade Colonel Campbell (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 45% Mary of Scotland Huntly (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Angel Dr. Hunt (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanessa, Her Love Story George (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oil for the Lamps of China Mr. McCarger (Character) - 1935
96% 84% Mutiny on the Bounty Burkitt (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 33% The Little Minister Doctor McQueen (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 67% The Key Peadar Conlan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Every Woman Knows Mr. David Wyliee (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Vergie Winters Mike Davey (Character) - 1934
90% 80% Red Dust Guidon (Character) - 1932
83% 81% Svengali The Laird (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kick In Police Commisioner Harvey (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scotland Yard Charles Fox (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Bride Director - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trent's Last Case Sigsbee Manderson (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 60% The Pagan Mr. Roger Slater (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cop Director - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The River Pirate Caxton (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Viking Leif Ericsson (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fighting Eagle Director - 1927
100% 69% The Black Pirate MacTavish (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet 69% Don Q, Son of Zorro Don Sebastian (Character),
Director
- 1925
100% 89% The Navigator Director - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Barbarian Director - 1921
95% 71% Broken Blossoms Battling Burrows (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Clever Mrs. Carfax Director - 1917
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ramona Unknown (Character),
Director
- 1916
91% 47% The Birth of a Nation Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (Character) - 1915
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Little Country Mouse Director - 1914
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Miser's Heart Policeman (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Road A Servant (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Failure Bank Employee (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Awakening Accident Witness (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conscience Policeman (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Making of a Man Unknown (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Rose of the Wilds Unknown (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Two Paths Footman (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet Out from the Shadow Unknown (Character) - 1911
No Score Yet No Score Yet Through the Breakers At the Club (Character) - 1909