David Niven

Actor + Author
Born Mar 1, 1910

James David Graham Niven, was a British actor and novelist, best known for his roles as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom", in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor in Separate Tables. Born in London, Niven attended Heatherdown and Stowe before gaining a place at Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He was gazetted a Lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry.… Read More

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1910 Birth Born on March 1, 1910.
1915 5 Years Old William served in the Berkshire Yeomanry in the First World War and was killed during the Gallipoli Campaign on 21 August 1915. … Read More
1917 7 Years Old Niven's mother remarried, to Sir Thomas Comyn-Platt, in London in 1917. … Read More


1930 20 Years Old He attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, graduating in 1930 with a commission as a second lieutenant in the British Army. … Read More
1933 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Niven grew tired of the peacetime army. Though promoted to lieutenant on 1 January 1933, he saw no opportunity for further advancement. … Read More
1934 24 Years Old After detours to Bermuda and Cuba, he arrived in Hollywood in 1934. … Read More
1939 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1939 he co-starred with Ginger Rogers in the RKO comedy Bachelor Mother and starred as the eponymous gentleman safe-cracker in Raffles. … Read More


1940 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Niven was recommissioned as a lieutenant into the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) on 25 February 1940, and was assigned to a motor training battalion. … Read More
1946 36 Years Old Niven resumed his career in 1946, now only in starring roles. … Read More
1948 38 Years Old In 1948, Niven met Hjördis Paulina Tersmeden (née Genberg, 1919–1997), a divorced Swedish fashion model. … Read More


1950 - 1955 3 More Events
1956 46 Years Old Niven enjoyed success in 1956, when he starred as Phileas Fogg in producer Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days.
1958 48 Years Old He won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Major Pollock in Separate Tables, his only nomination for an Oscar. … Read More
1959 49 Years Old With an Academy Award to his credit, Niven's career continued to thrive. In 1959, he became the host of his own TV drama series, The David Niven Show, which ran for 13 episodes that summer. … Read More


1964 54 Years Old In 1964, Boyer and he appeared in the Four Star series The Rogues. … Read More
1965 55 Years Old In 1965, he starred in Where the Spies Are.
1967 57 Years Old In 1967, he appeared as James Bond 007 in Casino Royale. … Read More


1974 64 Years Old In 1974, he hosted David Niven's World for London Weekend Television, which profiled contemporary adventurers such as hang gliders, motorcyclists, and mountain climbers: it ran for 21 episodes.
1975 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1975, he narrated The Remarkable Rocket, a short animation based on a story by Oscar Wilde. … Read More
1980 70 Years Old In 1980, Niven began experiencing fatigue, muscle weakness, and a warble in his voice.
1981 71 Years Old 1 More Event
His 1981 interviews on the talk shows of Michael Parkinson and Merv Griffin alarmed family and friends; viewers wondered if Niven had either been drinking or suffered a stroke. … Read More
In February 1983, using a false name to avoid publicity, Niven was hospitalised for 10 days, ostensibly for a digestive problem. … Read More
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