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      James Donald

      James Donald

      Highest Rated: 100% The Way Ahead (1944)

      Lowest Rated: 50% The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

      Birthday: May 18, 1917

      Birthplace: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

      The film career of Scotsman James Donald began in earnest with the role of Theo Van Gogh, opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent, in the 1956 biopic "Lust for Life." Two years later, he had another one of his more famous film opportunities alongside Douglas once again, this time as a manly rather than a sensitive sibling in the 1958 adventure "The Vikings." But it was the movie that Donald made in between, David Lean's timeless wartime drama "Bridge on the River Kwai," that forever stamped the Scot in the cinematic consciousness. At the end of epic battle between the characters played by Alec Guinness and William Holden, it was Donald as Major Clipton who got to utter the famous final line of dialogue, "Madness. Madness!" In 1963, Donald was part of another one of the great World War II movies of all-time, "The Great Escape," starring as Group Captain Ramsey, the senior British officer interned in the German POW camp at the center of the fact-inspired Steve McQueen classic. Some of the actor's other performances of note include yet another World War II POW film, 1965's "King Rat," set in Singapore, and the co-starring role of Nathaniel Winkle in a 1952 version of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers."

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Way Ahead
      96% The Bridge on the River Kwai
      94% The Great Escape
      90% In Which We Serve
      88% Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)
      80% Lust for Life
      77% The Vikings
      63% Conduct Unbecoming

      Photos

      THE NET, James Donald, (back), Noel Willman, (front), 1953 THE NET, James Donald, Noel Willman, 1953 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, from left: Alec Guinness, James Donald, 1957, tbotrk1957-fsct09(tbotrk1957-fsct09) THE PICKWICK PAPERS, William Hartnell, James Hayter, Gerald Campion, James Donald, 1952 HANNIBAL BROOKS, John Alderton (third from left), Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard, James Donald, 1969 THE VIKINGS, James Donald, Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, 1958 BEAU BRUMMELL, from left, front, Peter Ustinov, Rosemary Harris, Elizabeth Taylor, James Donald, 1954 FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, (aka Quatermass & the Pit) James Donald (center), 1967 FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, (aka Quatermass and the Pit) Andrew Keir, James Donald, 1967. TM and ©Copyright Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, (aka Quatermass and the Pit), James Donald, Andrew Keir, 1967. TM and ©Copyright Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. THE WAY AHEAD, (aka THE IMMORTAL BATTALION), William Hartnell, Jamed Donald, 1944 FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, (aka, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT), from left: Andrew Keir, James Donald, 1967 TM and (c) Copyright 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved TROTTIE TRUE, Jean Kent, James Donald, 1949 BEAU BRUMMELL, from left, James Donald, Elizabeth Taylor, 1954 FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, ((aka Quatermas & the Pit) James Donald, Andrew Keir, 1967 THE WAY AHEAD, (aka THE IMMORTAL BATTALION), Stanley Holloway, Jamed Donald, William Hartnell, 1944 FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH, (aka Quatermas & the Pit) Barbara Shelley, James Donald, 1967 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, James Donald, Alec Guinness, 1957, tending to the tortured

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      57% 28% The Big Sleep Inspector Gregory (Character) - 1978
      63% 39% Conduct Unbecoming The Doctor (Character) - 1975
      50% 50% The Royal Hunt of the Sun King Carlos (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 31% David Copperfield Mr. Murdstone (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destiny of a Spy Sir Martin Rolfe (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 100% Five Million Years to Earth Dr. Mathew Roney (Character) - 1967
      88% 73% Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) Unknown (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 51% Cast a Giant Shadow Maj. Safir (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enemy on the Beach Commander John McAuliffe (Character) - 1965
      94% 95% The Great Escape Group Capt. Ramsey 'The SBO' (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Victoria Regina Prince Albert (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 72% Third Man on the Mountain Franz Lerner (Character) - 1959
      77% 72% The Vikings Egbert (Character) - 1958
      96% 93% The Bridge on the River Kwai Major Clipton (Character) - 1957
      80% 81% Lust for Life Theo Van Gogh (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 52% Beau Brummell Lord Edwin Mercer (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Net Prof. Michael Heathley (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project M-7 Prof. Michael Heathley (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 30% The Gift Horse Lt. Richard Jennings (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 38% Pickwick Papers Nathaniel Winkle (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pickwick Papers Nathaniel Winkle (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Corridors Neil Marriner (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hideout Murray Byrne (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 20% Brandy for the Parson Bill Harper (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cage of Gold Dr Alan Keam (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 48% Edward, My Son Bronton (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trottie True Lord Digby Landon (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broken Journey Bill Haverton (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Small Voice Murray Byrne (Character) - 1948
      100% 72% The Way Ahead Pvt. Evans Lloyd (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Battalion Pvt. Evans Lloyd (Character) - 1944
      90% 74% In Which We Serve Doc (Character) - 1942

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dr. Alvin MacKenzie (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Unknown (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mark Cavendish (Character) 1958-1959