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Donald Sinden

( b. Oct 09, 1923 Plymouth, ENGLAND - d. Sep 11, 2014 Kent, ENGLAND ) Male
British actor Donald Sinden was known best for his comedy roles. He had more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since the late 1940s, but also had a stellar stage career.

His son, actor and director Marc Sinden, said his father only had a total of five weeks unemployment between 1942 and 2008.

Sinden's first film perf was in 1953 naval drama "The Cruel Sea," and he went on to appear in some 30 films. He was best known as the star of hit comedies such as "Doctor in the House" and "Doctor at Large."

The TV series in which he appeared included the sitcoms "Never the Twain" and "Two's Company." More recently he played in crime drama "Judge John Deed."

On stage, he took many leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company such as King Lear and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He appeared on Broadway twice and was nominated for a Tony Award for Habeas Corpus.

Sinden recently presented TV documentary series "Great West End Theaters." He was awarded a knighthood in 1997 for services to drama.


ProductionsDate of Productions
Habeas Corpus
[Play, Farce, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Donald Sinden [Arthur Wicksteed]
Nov 25, 1975 - Feb 15, 1976
London Assurance
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Donald Sinden [Sir Harcourt Courtly]
Dec 05, 1974 - Jan 12, 1975
1976 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
Habeas Corpus [nominee]
Starring: Donald Sinden
1975 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play
London Assurance [nominee]
Performer: Donald Sinden
1975 Drama Desk Award Special Mention
nomineeLondon Assurance [recipient]
Performer: Donald Sinden (Actor)
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