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Ronald Colman ACTOR


Ronald Colman was born on February 9th, 1891 in Richmond, Surrey, England with the birth name Ronald Charles Colman. He was the second son and fourth child born to his father, Charles Colman a successful silk merchant.  He received his education at Littlehampton, a boarding school in Sussex and it was there that he first began to show an interest in acting.
Originally, Colman hoped to go on to study at Cambridge university and pursue a career as an engineer, however when his father passed away, there was not enough financial assistance to pursue this career. 
He joined the British Army during World War, but die to injury was discharged and instead found work by chance in a small theater production which followed with minor roles in a number of other stage plays.  He was also finding work in London in some small film roles which helped to support him financially.
He soon decided to relocate to New York and see if he could get better roles in the united States.  It took about two years for him to get his career moving, but he was then cast in the Broadway hit "La Tendresse" followed by a role in the film "The White Sister" (1923) which lead to a contract with Samuel Goldwyn. 
His career progressed with increased popularity as a silent film actor in such films as "The Dark Angel" (1925), "Stella Dallas" (1926), "Beau Geste" (1927) and "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926).  He had no issue making the transition to sound films in such films as "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937) and "A Double Life" (1947) for which he earned an Academy Award.
As he continued to work in the industry he put more focus towards working on the radio especially in the radio show, "The Halls of Ivy" which soon became a television show in 1954. 
He married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Thelma Raye in 1920 and they were together until 1934.  He then married his second wife, Benita Hume in 1938 and they had one child together and remained married until he passed away on May 19th, 1958 in Santa Barbara, California after suffering from a lung infection.
He was survived by his second wife and his only daughter, Juliet Benita Colman.  Throughout his career he was honored with a number of awards such as a total of four Academy Awards nominations for, "Condemned" (1930), "Bulldog Drummond" (1929), "Random Harvest" (1942) and "A Double Life" (1947).  He also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1947 for his role in "A Double Life".  He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television and motion pictures.      


1957 The Story of Mankind
1956 G.E. True Theater
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days 
1956 Studio 57 
1954-1955 The Halls of Ivy
1950 Champagne for Caesar
1947 A Double Life
1947 The Late George Apley
1944 Kismet
1942 Random Harvest 
1942 The Talk of the Town 
1941 My Life with Caroline
1940 Lucky Partners
1939 The Light That Failed
1938 If I Were King
1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
1937 Lost Horizon 
1936 Under Two Flags 
1935 A Tale of Two Cities 
1935 The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo 
1935 Clive of India 
1934 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back 
1933 The Masquerader
1932 Cynara 
1931 Arrowsmith 
1931 The Unholy Garden 
1930 The Devil to Pay!
1930 Terra Melophon Magazin Nr. 1 
1930 Raffles
1929 Condemned
1929 Bulldog Drummond 
1929 The Rescue
1928 Two Lovers 
1927 The Magic Flame 
1927 The Night of Love 
1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth 
1926 Beau Geste 
1926 Kiki 
1925 Lady Windermere's Fan 
1925 Stella Dallas 
1925 The Dark Angel 
1925 Her Sister from Paris 
1925 His Supreme Moment 
1925 The Sporting Venus 
1925 A Thief in Paradise 
1924 Romola
1924 Her Night of Romance
1924 Tarnish 
1924 Twenty Dollars a Week 
1923 The Eternal City 
1923 The White Sister
1921 Handcuffs or Kisses
1920 Foolish Monte Carlo
1920 A Son of David
1920 Anna the Adventuress
1919 Sheba
1919 The Toilers
1919 A Daughter of Eve
1919 Snow in the Desert
1917 The Live Wire 

Matinee Classics - A Double Life starring Ronald Colman, Signe Hasso and Edmond O'Brien
Matinee Classics - Around the World in 80 Days starring David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton
Matinee Classics - The Halls of Ivy Radio Show starring Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Herbert Butterfield, Willard Waterman, Alan Reed, Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon

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