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Ronald Colman (February 9, 1891 – May 19, 1958) was an English actor. Born in Richmond, Surrey, England, Colman discovered acting while at school. He intended to attend Cambridge University to study engineering, but his father's death put an end to that. He served in World War I, where he was seriously wounded at the Battle of Messines. Following the war, he began to appear on the London stage. In 1922, he appeared on Broadway in the hit play La Tendresse.
Director Henry King saw him, and cast him in the 1923 film The White Sister , opposite Lillian Gish. He became a very popular silent film star in both romantic and adventure films. He successfully transitioned to talkies because of his powerful speaking voice.
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. He appeared in The Prisoner of Zenda and Lost Horizon in 1937, and If I Were King in 1938 ,and he also won the Oscar in 1948 for A Double Life.
Academy Awards and Nominations
- 1948 Won A Double Life
- 1943 Nominated Random Harvest
- 1930 Nominated Bulldog Drummond
- 1930 Nominated Condemned
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