73 (passed away Jul. 29th, 1983)
Mar. 1st, 1910
London, England, UK
David Niven's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1983 - Curse of the Pink Panther
1982 - Trail of the Pink Panther
1979 - Escape to Athena
1978 - Death on the Nile
1977 - Candleshoe
1976 - Murder by Death
1976 - No Deposit, No Return
1964 - Bedtime Story
1963 - The Pink Panther
1963 - 55 Days at Peking
1962 - The Road to Hong Kong
1961 - The Guns of Navarone
1960 - Please Don't Eat the Daisies
1958 - Separate Tables
1958 - Bonjour tristesse
1956 - Around the World in Eighty Days
1955 - Carrington V.C.
1948 - Enchantment
1947 - The Perfect Marriage
1947 - The Bishop's Wife
1946 - A Matter of Life and Death
1939 - Wuthering Heights
1939 - Bachelor Mother
1938 - The Dawn Patrol
1938 - Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
1937 - The Prisoner of Zenda
1936 - Rose-Marie
1936 - Dodsworth
1936 - Beloved Enemy
1936 - The Charge of the Light Brigade
1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty
1934 - Cleopatra
Guest TV Roles
Dr. E.L. Lubec
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade). He did, however, consent to play in two films during the war, both of strong propaganda value--The First of the Few (1942) and The Way Ahead (1944). In spite of six years' virtual absence from the screen, he came in second in the 1945 Popularity Poll of British film stars. On his return to Hollywood after the war he was made a Legionnaire of the Order of Merit (the highest American order that can be earned by an alien). This was presented to Lt. Col. David Niven by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- He knew his wife, 'Primula Rollo' (qv), 17 days before he married her. He knew his second wife 10 days before marrying her.
- 'Ian Fleming (I)' (qv) recommended him for the role of James Bond for _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv), but producer 'Albert R. Broccoli' (qv) thought that Niven was too old.
- He once asked 'Greta Garbo' (qv) whilst under a picnic table (!), why she quit making movies. She answered, "I had made enough faces.".
- Has a grandson Ryan (born in 1998), from daughter Fiona. Grandson Michael (born in 1990) from daughter Kristina. Grandaughters Fernanda and Eugenie from son Jamie.
- Contrary to a popular myth, he was not a cousin of actor 'Patrick Macnee' (qv). According to Macnee, in 'Sheridan Morley' (qv)'s 1985 biography "The Other Side of the Moon,", his elder brother Max and Patrick's mother were friends and Max was described as an "uncle," as opposed to a cousin. However, there was no blood link.
- In the James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice," by 'Ian Fleming (I)' (qv), he is referred to, and a pet bird in the story was named after him. Three years after the book was released, he played Bond in _Casino Royale (1967)_ (qv).
- After he left the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst he was asked to write down his three preferred regiments, he wrote 'anything but the HLI' (Highland Light Infantry) he was inevitably commissioned into the HLI, later to transferred to the Rifle Brigade
- Died the same day as his _The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)_ (qv) and _A Matter of Life and Death (1946)_ (qv) co-star 'Raymond Massey (I)' (qv).
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