David Niven

James David Graham Niven (1910 - 1983)

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James David Graham (David) Niven
Born in Belgrave Mansions, London, Englandmap
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Died in Chateau d'Oex, Lake Geneva, Switzerlandmap
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James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and as Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom", in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958).

James David Graham Niven was born March 1, 1910, in St. George Hanover Square, Pimlico, London, England.[1] The family lived in Cirencester the following year.[2]

Niven married Primula Susan Rollo in 1940 in Devizes, Wiltshire, England.[3] She died in 1946, and Niven married Hjördis Paulina Genberg Tersmeden in 1948.[4]

Niven attended Heatherdown Preparatory School and Stowe before gaining a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After Sandhurst he was gazetted a 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 re-commissioned 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. He appeared in A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Bishop's Wife (1947) and Enchantment (1948), all of which received critical acclaim. Niven later appeared in The Elusive Pimpernel (1950), The Toast of New Orleans (1950), Happy Go Lovely (1951), Happy Ever After (1954) and Carrington V.C. (1955) before scoring a big success as Phileas Fogg in Michael Todd's production of Around the World in 80 Days. Niven appeared in nearly a hundred films, and many shows for television. He also began writing books, with considerable commercial success. In 1982 he appeared in Blake Edwards' final "Pink Panther" films Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, reprising his role as Sir Charles Lytton.[5]

Niven was buried at Chateau D'Oex Cemetery in Chateau d'Oex, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland.[6]

Sources

  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2F2Z-MR1 : accessed 19 April 2016), James David G Niven, 1910; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, St. George Hanover Square, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWMM-9VR : accessed 19 April 2016), James David Graham Niven, Cirencester, , Gloucestershire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWMM-9VR : accessed 19 April 2016), James David Graham Niven, Cirencester, , Gloucestershire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVD7-7B7H : accessed 19 April 2016), James D G Niven and null, 1948; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1948, quarter 1, vol. 5C, p. 2707, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  5. Wikipedia: David Niven
  6. Find a Grave memorial for David Niven



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On 19 Apr 2016 at 15:36 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Can his profile be opened so we can add sources? Thanks!



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