Ronald Colman

 

 

 

 

Filmography

1921

Handcuffs or Kisses

1923

The White Sister 

The Eternal City

1924

Twenty Dollars a Week 

Tarnish 

Her Night of Romance 

Romola

1925

A Thief in Paradise 

The Sporting

Venus 

His Supreme Moment 

Her Sister from Paris 

The Dark Angel 

Stella Dallas 

Lady Windermere’s Fan

1926

Kiki 

Beau Geste 

The Winning of Barbara Worth

1927

The Night of Love 

The Magic Flame

1928

Two Lovers

1929

The Rescue 

Bulldog Drummond 

Condemned

1930

Raffles 

The Devil to Pay!

1931

The Unholy Garden

 Arrowsmith

1932

Cynara

1933

The Masquerader

1934

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

1935

Clive of India 

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

 A Tale of Two Cities

1936

Under Two Flags

1937

Lost Horizon 

The Prisoner of Zenda

1938

If I Were King

1939

The Light That Failed

1940

Lucky Partners

1941

My Life with Caroline

1942

The Talk of the Town 

Random Harvest

1944

Kismet

1947

The Late George Apley 

A Double Life

1950

Champagne for Caesar

1956

Around the World in 80 Days

1957

The Story of Mankind

Awards

Ronald Colman was nominated for four Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Awards and won one;

  • Condemned! (1929) and Bulldog Drummond (1929)
  • Random Harvest (1942)
  • A Double Life (1947) – won

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? ~ Ronald Colman

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Actors, Biographies

Ronald Charles Colman was born in Richmond, Surrey, England. He was educated at boarding school in Littlehampton, where he discovered that he enjoyed acting, despite his shyness. He intended to study engineering at Cambridge, but his father’s sudden death from pneumonia in 1907 made it financially impossible.

He became a well-known amateur actor and was a member of the West Middlesex Dramatic Society in 1908–09. He made his first appearance on the professional stage in 1914.

in 1909, he joined the London Scottish Regiment.  In October 1914, Colman was seriously wounded by shrapnel in his ankle, which gave him a limp that he would attempt to hide throughout the rest of his acting career. Therefore, he was invalided out of the British Army in 1915.

In 1916, he resumed acting on the British Stage. In 1920, Colman went to America and toured with Robert Warwick in The Dauntless Three, and subsequently toured with Fay Bainter in East is West.

Colman had first appeared in films in Britain in 1917 and 1919 for director Cecil Hepworth. While appearing on stage in New York in La Tendresse, Director Henry King saw him, and engaged him as the leading man in the 1923 film, The White Sister, opposite Lillian Gish, and he was an immediate success. Thereafter Colman virtually abandoned the stage for film.

He became a very popular silent film star in both romantic and adventure films, among them The Dark Angel (1925), Stella Dallas (1926), Beau Geste (1927) and The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926). His dark hair and eyes and his athletic and riding ability (he did most of his own stunts until late in his career) led reviewers to describe him as a “Valentino type”. He was often cast in similar, exotic roles. Towards the end of the silent era, Colman was teamed with Hungarian actress Vilma Bánky under Samuel Goldwyn and the two were a popular film team rivaling Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.

His first major talkie success was in 1930, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for two roles – Condemned and Bulldog Drummond. He thereafter appeared in a number of notable films: Raffles in 1930, The Masquerader in 1933, Clive of India and A Tale of Two Cities in 1935, Under Two Flags, The Prisoner of Zenda and Lost Horizon in 1937, If I Were King in 1938 and Random Harvest and The Talk of the Town in 1942. He won the Best Actor Oscar in 1948 for A Double Life. He next starred in a screwball comedy, 1950’s Champagne for Caesar.

At the time of his death, Colman was contracted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the lead role in Village of the Damned. However, Colman died and the film became a British production starring George Sanders, who had married Colman’s widow, Benita Hume.

Colman died on May 19, 1958, aged 67, from acute emphysema in Santa Barbara, California, and was interred in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.