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Donald Crisp

  • Birth 27 Jul 1882 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 25 May 1974 Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Wee Kirk Churchyard, Lot 2138, Space 4
  • Memorial ID 8529

Actor, Director. Born George William Crisp in London, England, he was a versatile character performer in over a 100 films and directed over a 70 films. In 1910, pursuing a career in theater, he began working as a stage manager, when he met D.W. Griffith and made his first film with Griffith's Biograph Company in New Jersey. From 1908 to 1930, in addition to directing dozens of films, he also appeared in early silent films. As an actor, some of his most memorable performances were in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935), "Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936), "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937), "Wuthering Heights" (1939), "The Sea Hawk" (1940) and "How Green is My Valley" (1941), for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. As a director, his credits included "The Navigator" (1924), "Young April" (1926), "Vanity" (1927), "The Cop" (1928) and "The Runaway Bride" (1930). He also served in the British Army during the Boer War (1899 to 1902), in the army intelligence section during World War I (1914 to 1918) and as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves during World War II. He died of a stroke at age 91 in Van Nuys, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 24 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8529
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Crisp (27 Jul 1882–25 May 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8529, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .