Ronald Colman

Born Feb 9, 1891

Ronald Charles Colman was an English actor.

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1891 Birth Born on February 9, 1891.


1907 16 Years Old He intended to study engineering at Cambridge, but his father's sudden death from pneumonia in 1907 made it financially impossible.
1908 17 Years Old He became a well-known amateur actor and was a member of the West Middlesex Dramatic Society in 1908–09. … Read More
1909 18 Years Old While working as a clerk at the British Steamship Company in the City of London, he joined the London Scottish Regiment in 1909 as a Territorial Army soldier, and on being mobilised on the outbreak of the First World War, crossed the English Channel to France in September 1914 to take part in the fighting on the Western Front.


1914 23 Years Old On 31 October 1914, at the Battle of Messines, Colman was seriously wounded by shrapnel in his ankle, which gave him a limp that he would attempt to hide throughout the rest of his acting career.
1915 24 Years Old As a consequence, he was invalided out of the British Army in 1915. … Read More
1916 25 Years Old Ronald Colman had sufficiently recovered from wartime injuries to appear at the London Coliseum on 19 June 1916, as Rahmat Sheikh in The Maharani of Arakan, with Lena Ashwell; at the Playhouse in December that year as Stephen Weatherbee in the Charles Goddard/Paul Dickey play The Misleading Lady; at the Court Theatre in March 1917 as Webber in Partnership. … Read More
1918 27 Years Old 1 More Event
At the Ambassadors Theatre in February 1918 he played George Lubin in The Little Brother.
1920 29 Years Old In 1920, Colman went to America and toured with Robert Warwick in The Dauntless Three, and subsequently toured with Fay Bainter in East is West.


1921 30 Years Old 1 More Event
At the Booth Theatre in New York in January 1921 he played the Temple Priest in William Archer's play The Green Goddess.
1922 31 Years Old In September 1922 he had great success as Alain Sergyll at the Empire Theatre (New York City) in La Tendresse. Ronald Colman had first appeared in films in Britain in 1917 and 1919 for director Cecil Hepworth, and subsequently with the old Broadwest Film Company in The Snow of the Desert. While appearing on stage in New York in La Tendresse, Director Henry King saw him, and engaged him as the leading man in the 1923 film, The White Sister, opposite Lillian Gish, and he was an immediate success. … Read More
1930 39 Years Old 1 More Event
His first major talkie success was in 1930, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for two roles – Condemned and Bulldog Drummond.


1945 54 Years Old Beginning in 1945, Colman made many guest appearances on The Jack Benny Program on radio, alongside his second wife, stage and screen actress Benita Hume. … Read More
1947 56 Years Old Colman was also the host and occasional star of Favorite Story, which ran on NBC from 13 September 1947 to 1949.
1948 57 Years Old 1 More Event
He won the Best Actor Oscar in 1948 for A Double Life. … Read More


1958 67 Years Old Ronald Colman died on 19 May 1958, aged 67, from acute emphysema in Santa Barbara, California, and was interred in the Santa Barbara Cemetery. … Read More
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