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
Died 11 January 1999(1999-01-11) (aged 89)
Leucadia, Encinitas, California, US
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 2

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 stage debut at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth in 1927. A year later he made his first London appearance in Many Waters at the Ambassadors Theatre and went into films the following year.[2] He was gentle-mannered with a well modulated speaking voice, and delivered his lines in a clipped fashion. He could portray the sinister, conniving rogue as easily as the forthright military officer.

He was married twice, to actresses 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.

Occupation[edit]

As an actor[edit]

Theatre[edit]

  • 1927: The Best People (Theatre Royal Bournemouth + tour)
  • 1928: Crime (Grand Theatre Croydon + tour)
  • 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 (in Canada / Maxine Elliott's Theatre, Broadway + Times Square Theater 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 (Hartford / New Haven + Shubert Theatre Broadway)
  • 1931: After All (Criterion Theatre London + The New Theatre London)
  • 1931: The Arch-Duchess (Phoenix-Theatre London)
  • 1931: Vile Bodies (Arts Theatre London)
  • 1931: Brief Moment (Detroit / Washington + 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 London + 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 + tour)
  • 1935: Most of the Game (Cort Theatre Broadway)
  • 1936: No Exit (Embassy Theatre London + St.Martin's Theatre London)
  • 1936: Stubble before Swords (Globe Theatre London)
  • 1936: Kind Lady (The King's Theatre Edinburgh + Lyric Theatre London)
  • 1938: Official Secret (Tour + New Theatre London)
  • 1938: Night Arrival (Globe Theatre London)
  • 1939: The Spring Time of Others (Gate Theatre London)
  • 1946: Lighten our Darkness (New Theatre Hull + tour)
  • 1946: He Lived in Two Worlds (Wimbledon Theatre London + tour)
  • 1946: But for the Grace of God (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh + tour + St.James Theatre London)

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

As a director[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Film[edit]

  • 1964: Night Train to Paris

Television[edit]

As a producer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1901 Census website, Free BMD.[not specific enough to verify]
  2. ^ "Obituary: Robert Douglas". 23 January 1999. 
  • Picture Show who's who on the Screen 1932

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