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Donald Crisp

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Besides being one of the great character actors of the classic era, playing in over 130 films including three Best Pictures, Donald Crisp was also an early Hollywood director with 61 films to his credit (all before 1930).

A poster from MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, the Best Picture of 1935 starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. Crisp played Burkitt, one of the supporting characters in this classic high sea adventure story.

Crisp played Dr. Livingstone in JEZEBEL, nominated for five Academy Awards in 1938 including Best Picture. Directed by William Wyler, this film also starred Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.

Music Clip:

Click here"Waltz" from JEZEBEL (1938) by Max Steiner (a .MP3 file courtesy RCA Victor).

Memorable Quotations:

  • "We must destroy the enemy before he can destroy us!" --as Marechal Bazaine in JUAREZ (1939).
  • "She's really too happy. When she talks, she laughs. When she walks, she dances. She sings and runs about flinging her happiness into our faces until I'm afraid for her." --as Dr. Lanskell in THE OLD MAID (1939).

Honored with eight Academy Award nominations in 1939 including Best Picture, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, starring Laurence Olivier and directed by William Wyler, featured Crisp as Dr. Kenneth.

Music Clip:

Click here"Cathy's Theme" (clip) from WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939) by Alfred Newman (a .MP3 file).

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