Robert Douglas (actor)

Robert Douglas Finlayson (9 November 1909 11 January 1999), known professionally as Robert Douglas, was an English stage and film actor, a television director and producer.

Robert Douglas
Douglas in 1932
Born
Robert Douglas Finlayson

(1909-11-09)9 November 1909
Died11 January 1999(1999-01-11) (aged 89)
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1927-1982
Spouse(s)Dorothy Hyson (1935-43)
Suzanne Weldon, née Hopkinson (1946-1995; her death); 2 children[1]

Early career and personal life

Douglas was born in Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire.[2] He studied at RADA and made his stage debut at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth in 1927.[3] A year later he made his first London appearance in Many Waters at the Ambassadors Theatre and went into films the following year.[1]

Personal life and death

He was married twice, to actresses Dorothy Hyson (1914–1996) and Suzanne Weldon (1921–1995), fathering two children, Lucinda and Robert (Giles).[1] He died from natural causes in Encinitas, California, aged 89.[4] His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.[5]

Career

As an actor

Theatre

  • 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 UK, 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 + Cort 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 + tour)
  • 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

Television

  • 1939: The Royal Family of Broadway (TV Movie) - Tony Cavendish
  • 1953: Chevron Theatre (episode: Serenade to an Empty House)
  • 1955: Lux Video Theatre (episode: The Browning Version) - Frank Hunter
  • 1955: Front Row Center (episode: The Barretts of Wimpole Street) - Robert Browning
  • 1957: Panic! (episode: The Vigilantes) - Thomas Burdue / James Stuart
  • 1958-1959: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (episodes: The Impromptu Murder, Arthur) - Inspector Ben Liebenberg / Inspector Charles Tarrant
  • 1959: General Electric Theatre (episode: And One Was Loyal) - Roger Howard
  • 1959: 77 Sunset Strip (episode: Eyewitness) -
  • 1959-1961: One Step Beyond (episodes: The Secret, Encounter, Night of Decision) - Gen. George Washington / Paul McCord / Harrison Ackroyd
  • 1960: Adventures in Paradise (episodes: The Forbidden Sea, Peril at Pitcairn, There is an Island) - Albert Otherly / Albert Othery
  • 1960: Walt Disney presents The Swamp Fox (episodes: Redcoat Strategy, A Case of Treason) - Gen. Cornwallis
  • 1960: Maverick (episode: The Bundle from Britain) - Herbert
  • 1961: The Asphalt Jungle (episode: The Lady and the Lawyer) - Allen Bardeman
  • 1962: Thriller (episode: The Specialists) - Antony Hugh Swinburne
  • 1970: Secret Ceremony (TV-Version)
  • 1972: Portrait: The Woman I Love (TV Movie) - Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
  • 1974: The Questor Tapes (TV Movie) - Dr. Michaels
  • 1974: Cannon (episode: Triangle of Terror) (uncredited)
  • 1975: Columbo (episode: Troubled Waters) - Dr. Frank Pierce
  • 1975: Medical Center (episode: Survivors) - Miles Halloran
  • 1975: The Invisible Man (episode: Man of Influence) - Dr. Theophilus
  • 1978: Centennial (episode: The Shepherds) - Claude Richards (final appearance)

As a director

Theatre

  • 1933: Ten Minute Alibi (Haymarket Theatre London)
  • 1934: Overture 1920 (Phoenix Theatre London)
  • 1946: Lighten Our Darkness (New Theatre Hull)
  • 1956: The Ponder Heart (Shubert Theatre New Haven + Forrest Theatre Philadelphia + Shubert Theatre Boston + Music Box Theatre Broadway)
  • 1956: Affair of Honor (Ethel Barrymore Theatre Broadway)
  • 1956: The Loud Red Patrick (Walnut Theatre Philadelphia + Ambassador Theatre Broadway)
  • 1956: Uncle Willie (Locust Street Theatre Philadelphia + John Golden Theatre Broadway)
  • 1957: One Foot in the Door (Locust Street Theatre Philadelphia + Shubert Theatre Boston)

Film

Television

As a producer

References

  1. Vallance, Tom (23 January 1999). "Obituary: Robert Douglas". The Independent. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. "Robert Douglas". BFI.
  3. Richards, Jeffrey (26 March 2014). "Swordsmen of the Screen: From Douglas Fairbanks to Michael York". Routledge via Google Books.
  4. "Robert Douglas, 89, Suave Actor Turned Director". 16 January 1999 via NYTimes.com.
  5. "Robert Douglas (1909-1999) - Find A Grave Memorial".
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