- James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist
|Born:||01 March 1910 Comment |
|When did David Niven die? / Died||29 July 1983|
|How many years did David Niven live? / Lived||73 years|
David Niven facts
- His many roles included Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, and Sir Charles Lytton, ("the Phantom") in The Pink Panther
- He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958)
- Born in London, Niven attended Heatherdown Preparatory School and Stowe before gaining a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst
- After Sandhurst, he joined the British Army and was gazetted a second lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry
- Having developed an interest in acting, he left the Highland Light Infantry, travelled to Hollywood, and had several minor roles in film
- He first appeared as an extra in the British film There Goes the Bride (1932)
- From there, he hired an agent and had several small parts in films from 1933 to 1935, including a non-speaking part in MGM's Mutiny on the Bounty
- This brought him to wider attention within the film industry and he was spotted by Samuel Goldwyn
- Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, Niven returned to Britain and rejoined the army, being recommissioned as a lieutenant
- Niven resumed his acting career after his demobilisation, and was voted the second-most popular British actor in the 1945 Popularity Poll of British film stars
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