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Donald Crisp – MovieActors.com

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Donald Crisp: Best Supporting Actor 1941: MovieActors.com

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HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (Drama)

Donald Crisp won his Supporting Oscar for playing the stern, but loving father.











About Donald Crisp (1882 – 1974)

Donald Crisp, (with the birth name of George William Crisp), was born on July 27th, 1882, the son of James and Elizabeth Crisp, in Bow, London, England. He was part of a large family, with four brothers, and three sisters.

Donald Crisp went to college at the University of Oxford.

Donald Crisp served in Britains Armed Forces twice; in Britains Boer War in South Africa;(1899-1902), and during World War 1;(1914-1918), in the army intelligence section. During World War 2, Donald Crisp served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and was promoted to the rank of Col.

Donald Crisp's brother-in-law, husband of sister Louisa, gave him the money to come to America. Donald Crisp became interested in acting in 1908, and began it all by becoming a stage manager for composer, playwright and director George M Cohan.

During this time, he became friends with stage actor, D W Griffith. When Griffith decided to try his luck in Hollywood in films, Crisp went with him in 1912. Donald at first worked as an assistant to D W Griffith, learning a lot about acting and directing.

Donald Crisp became a distinguished, British actor who started acting in full length films in 1916; (RAMONA), and directing short films as well. He graduated to full length silent film direction in 1916. In total, Donald dirercted seventy-two films, but stopped doing it in 1930, because he didn't like having to put the relatives of studio haunchos in the films.

Donald Crisp concentrated on character acting from 1930 to his death, appearing in over 400 films. Crisp is one of the movie industry's true pioneers, active on both sides of the camera, working alongside such legends as D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish and Buster Keaton.

Donald Crisp had supporting roles in such movies as MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935), JEZEBEL (1938), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939) and NATIONAL VELVET (1944).

Donald Crisp's silent directing credits include: THE MARK OF ZORRO (1925) and STAND AND DELIVER (1928).

His silent acting credits include: THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915), DON Q SON OF ZORRO (1925), and THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1929).

In 1960, Donald Crisp won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Donald Crisp's notable movie credits include...

THE SISTERS (1914)
RED DUST (1932)
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
MARY OF SCOTLAND (1936)
JEZEBEL (1938)
THE DAWN PATROL (1938)
WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1938)
BROTHER ORCHID (1940)
THE SEA HAWK (1940)
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941)
LASSIE COME HOME (1943)
THE UNINVITED (1944)
NATIONAL VELVET(1944)
BRIGHT LEAF (1950)
THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955)
POLLYANNA (1960)
SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN (1963)


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Crisp in POLLYANNA.

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Donald Crisp and co-stars in LASSIE COME HOME (1943).

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Donald Crisp in JEZEBEL (1938).

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Donald Crisp in THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (1937).