Robert Douglas (actor)

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Robert Douglas
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Born Robert Douglas Finlayson
(1909-11-09)9 November 1909
Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.
Died 11 January 1999(1999-01-11) (aged 89)
Leucadia, Encinitas, California,  United States
Occupation actor, director, producer
Years active 1927-1982
Spouse(s) Dorothy Hyson (1935-45),
Suzanne Weldon, née Hopkinson (1946-1995) (her death) 2 children[1]
Children Robert Giles Finlayson
Lucinda Gail Gabri

Robert Douglas (9 November 1909 - 11 January 1999) was born as Robert Douglas Finlayson in Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire. He was a successful stage and film actor, a television director and producer.

He studied at RADA and made his screen debut at Bournemouth in 1927. A year later he made his first appearance on stage in Many Waters at the Ambassadors Theatre and went into films the following year. He was gently mannered with a well modulated speaking voice, who delivered his lines in clipped fashion. He could portray the sinister, conniving rogue as easily as the forthright military officer.

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


As an Actor[edit]


  • 1927: The Best People (Theatre Royal, Bournemouth)
  • 1928: Crime
  • 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 (Maxine Elliott's Theatre, 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 (Shubert Theatre, Broadway)
  • 1931: After All (Criterion Theatre, London)
  • 1931: The Arch-Duchess (Phoenix-Theatre, London)
  • 1931: Vile Bodies (Arts Theatre, London)
  • 1931: Brief Moment (Belasco Theatre, Broadway)
  • 1932: Vile Bodies (Vaudeville Theatre, London)
  • 1932: As it was in the Beginning (Arts Theatre, London)
  • 1933: Ten Minute Alibi (Embassy Theatre, and Haymarket Theatre, London)
  • 1933: These Two (Arts Theatre, London)
  • 1934: Men in White (Lyric Theatre, London)
  • 1934: Overture 1920 (Phoenix Theatre, London)
  • 1934: Inside the Room (Queens Theatre, London)
  • 1935: Theatre Royal / The Royal Family (Lyric Theatre, London)
  • 1935: Most of the Game (Cort Theatre, Broadway)
  • 1936: No Exit (Embassy Theatre, and St.Martin's Theatre, London)
  • 1936: Stubble before Swords (Globe Theatre, London)
  • 1936: Kind Lady (Lyric Theatre, London)
  • 1938: Official Secret (New Theatre, London)
  • 1938: Night Arrival (Globe Theatre, London)
  • 1939: The Spring Time of Others (Gate Theatre, London)
  • 1946: Lighten our Darkness (London)
  • 1946: But for the Grace of God (St.James Theatre, London)



As a Director[edit]



  • 1964: Night Train to Paris


As a Producer[edit]


  1. ^ 1901 Census website, Free BMD.[not specific enough to verify]
  • Picture Show who's who on the Screen 1932

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