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Roland Young

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Roland Young (11 November 1887 – 5 June 1953) was an English actor. Young made his first stage appearance in London's West End in Find the Woman in 1908, and in 1912 he made his Broadway debut in Hindle Wakes. He appeared in two comedies written for him by Clare Kummer, Good Gracious Annabelle! (1916) and A Successful Calamity (1917) before he served with the United States Army during World War I. He returned to New York when the war ended, and married Kummer's daughter, Frances. For the next few years he alternated between New York and London. He made his film debut in the 1922 silent film Sherlock Holmes, in which he played Watson opposite John Barrymore as Holmes. He signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and made his talkie debut in The Unholy Night (1929), directed by Lionel Barrymore. He was loaned to Warner Bros. to appear in Her Private Life, with Billie Dove and Fox Film Corporation, winning critical approval for his comedic performance as Jeanette MacDonald's husband in Don't Bet on a Woman. He was again paired with MacDonald in the film version of Good Gracious Annabelle!, titled Annabelle's Affairs. He appeared in Cecil B. de Mille's The Squaw Man, and played opposite Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in The Guardsman (both 1931). He appeared with Evelyn Brent in Columbia's The Pagan Lady (1932) and Pola Negri in RKO's A Woman Commands (1932). His final film under his MGM contract was Lovers Courageous (1932), opposite Robert Montgomery. In 1933 he had a starring role in the risqué comedy for Fox Film called Pleasure Cruise along side Genevieve Tobin. Young began to work as a freelance performer and found himself in constant demand. He appeared with Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin and Maurice Chevalier in One Hour With You (1932) and with Kay Francis in Street of Women (1932). Alexander Korda invited him to return to Britain to make his British film debut in Wedding Rehearsal (1932). He returned to Hollywood and appeared in a diverse group of films that included comedies, murder mysteries, and dramas, and also worked on Broadway. Among his films of this period were Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), David Copperfield (1935) (playing Uriah Heep), and the H.G. Wells fantasy The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936). In 1937, he achieved one of the most important successes of his career in Topper, as a bank president haunted by the ghosts of his clients, played by Cary Grant and Constance Bennett. It was one of the most successful films of the year, and Young was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Topper's wife was played by Billie Burke, who wrote in her memoir that Young "was dry and always fun to work with". They also appeared together in The Young in Heart (1938), and both of the Topper sequels, Topper Takes a Trip (1938) and Topper Returns (1941). He continued working steadily through the 1940s, playing small roles opposite some of Hollywood's leading actresses, such as Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Paulette Goddard and Greta Garbo in her final film, Two-Faced Woman (1941). In the 1950s, Young appeared on several episodic television series, including Lux Video Theatre, Studio One, Pulitzer Prize Playhouse and The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre.


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Born:
Nov 11, 1887 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
54
First Appeared:
In the movie Sherlock Holmes 1922-03-07
Latest Project:
Movie That's Entertainment! III 1994-07-01
Known For
Poster of That Man from Tangier
Poster of Sailing Along
Poster of The Guardsman
Poster of Wise Girls

Roland Young Movies Filmography

Movie
That's Entertainment! III
(archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie
That Man from Tangier
George 1953-05-08
Movie
Let's Dance
Edmund Pohlwhistle 1950-11-29
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
The Great Lover
C.J. Dabney 1949-11-23
Movie
You Gotta Stay Happy
Ralph Tutwiler 1948-10-28
Movie
And Then There Were None
William Blore 1945-10-31
Movie
Standing Room Only
Ira Cromwell 1944-01-07
Movie
Tales of Manhattan
Edgar - Wilson's butler 1942-08-05
Movie
They All Kissed the Bride
Marsh 1942-06-11
Movie
The Lady Has Plans
Ronald Dean 1942-01-20
Movie
Topper Returns
Cosmo Topper 1941-03-21
Movie
The Flame of New Orleans
Charles Giraud 1941-07-07
Movie
Two-Faced Woman
Oscar 'O.O.' Miller 1941-12-31
Movie
No, No, Nanette
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith 1940-12-19
Movie
The Philadelphia Story
Uncle Willie 1940-12-05
Movie
Dulcy
Roger Forbes 1940-10-04
Movie
Irene
Mr. Smith 1940-04-23
Movie
Star Dust
Thomas Brooke 1940-04-06
Movie
He Married His Wife
Bill Carter 1940-01-19
Movie
The Night of Nights
Barry Keith-Trimble 1939-12-01
Movie
Yes, My Darling Daughter
Titus Jaywood 1939-02-25
Movie
Topper Takes a Trip
Cosmo Topper 1938-12-29
Movie
The Young in Heart
Col. Anthony 'Sahib' Carleton 1938-07-06
Movie
Sailing Along
Anthony Gulliver 1938-04-15
Movie
King Solomon's Mines
Cmdr. John Good 1937-06-17
Movie
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Sultan 1937-10-29
Movie
Topper
Cosmo Topper 1937-07-16
Movie
Give Me Your Heart
Edward 'Tubbs' Barrow 1936-09-17
Movie
One Rainy Afternoon
Maillot 1936-05-13
Movie
The Unguarded Hour
William "Bunny" Jeffers 1936-04-10
Movie
The Man Who Could Work Miracles
George McWhirter Fotheringay 1936-02-19
Movie
Ruggles of Red Gap
Earl of Burnstead 1935-03-08
Movie
David Copperfield
Uriah Heep 1935-01-18
Movie
Here Is My Heart
Prince Nicholas / Nicki 1934-12-28
Movie
His Double Life
Priam Farrel 1933-12-14
Movie
Blind Adventure
Holmes 1933-08-18
Movie
Pleasure Cruise
Andrew Poole 1933-04-01
Movie
A Lady's Profession
Lord Reginald Withers 1933-03-03
Movie
A Woman Commands
King Alexander 1932-02-12
Movie
Lovers Courageous
Jeffrey 1932-01-23
Movie
Street of Women
Linkhorne 'Link' Gibson 1932-06-04
Movie
One Hour with You
Professor Olivier 1932-03-23
Movie
This Is the Night
Gerald 1932-04-08
Movie
Wedding Rehearsal
Reggie Buckley Candysshe - Marquis of Buckminster 1932-10-01
Movie
The Guardsman
The Critic 1931-11-07
Movie
The Squaw Man
Sir John Applegate 1931-09-04
Movie
The Prodigal
Doc 1931-02-21
Movie
Don't Bet on Women
Herbert Drake 1931-02-15
Movie
New Moon
Count Strogoff 1930-12-25
Movie
The Bishop Murder Case
Sigurd 'Erik' Arnesson 1930-01-03
Movie
Wise Girls
Duke Merrill 1929-09-21
Movie
The Unholy Night
Lord Montague 1929-09-13
Movie
Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Watson 1922-03-07

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