DEAD: Robert Donat

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Robert Donat (aged 53)
British actor

Friedrich Robert Donat (18 March 1905 – 9 June 1958) was an English film and stage actor. He is best remembered for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), winning for the latter the Academy Award for Best Actor.

DEATH: Donat died in London on 9 June 1958 at age 53. Regarding the actor’s death, biographer Kenneth Barrow noted that Donat had “… a brain tumour the size of a duck egg and cerebral thrombosis was certified as the primary cause of death”. He left an estate worth £25,236.

Donat has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6420 Hollywood Blvd. A blue plaque also commemorates his life at 8 Meadway in Hampstead Garden Suburb. His place of birth at 42 Everett Road in Withington is also commemorated by a similar plaque. Donat’s son, John Donat, (1933–2004), was an architectural photographer, and actors Peter Donat and Richard Donat are his nephews.

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