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Ronald Colman

Starred in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Lost Horizon (1937) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). In 1947, he won Academy Award for Best Actor for film A Double Life.

Ronald Colman



Handcuffs or Kisses



The White Sister 

The Eternal City



Twenty Dollars a Week 


Her Night of Romance 




A Thief in Paradise 

The Sporting


His Supreme Moment 

Her Sister from Paris 

The Dark Angel 

Stella Dallas 

Lady Windermere’s Fan




Beau Geste 

The Winning of Barbara Worth



The Night of Love 

The Magic Flame



Two Lovers



The Rescue 

Bulldog Drummond 





The Devil to Pay!



The Unholy Garden







The Masquerader



Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back



Clive of India 

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

 A Tale of Two Cities



Under Two Flags



Lost Horizon 

The Prisoner of Zenda



If I Were King



The Light That Failed



Lucky Partners



My Life with Caroline



The Talk of the Town 

Random Harvest






The Late George Apley 

A Double Life



Champagne for Caesar



Around the World in 80 Days



The Story of Mankind


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

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.

Belle Bennett and Ronald Colman in Stella Dallas (1925)

Belle Bennett and Ronald Colman in Stella Dallas (1925)

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.

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