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David Niven (I) (1910–1983)

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... See full bio »

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The Guns of Navarone
Around the World in 80 Days
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 1983 Better Late Than Never
Nick Cartland
 1980 The Sea Wolves
Colonel W. H. Grice
 1977 Candleshoe
 1976 No Deposit, No Return
J.W. Osborne
 1975 Paper Tiger
'Major' Walter Bradbury
 1975 The Remarkable Rocket (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1972 King, Queen, Knave
Charles Dreyer
 1971 The Statue
Alex Bolt
 1969 Before Winter Comes
Maj. Burnside
 1969 The Brain
Col. Carol Matthews
 1969 The Extraordinary Seaman
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
 1968 The Impossible Years
Jonathan Kingsley
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Gerald Hardcastle
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Philippe de Montfaucon
 1966 Where the Spies Are
Dr. Jason Love
 1965 Lady L
Dicky, Lord Lendale
 1964-1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Alec Fleming
- Mr. White's Christmas (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
- Grave Doubts (1965) ... Alec Fleming
- Wherefore Art Thou, Harold? (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
- Our Men in Marawat (1965) ... Alec Fleming (credit only)
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Harvey Cleeve
- Who Killed Billy Jo? (1963) ... Harvey Cleeve
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Sir Arthur Robertson
 1962 Conquered City
Maj. Peter Whitfield
 1962 Guns of Darkness
Tom Jordan
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong
Lama, remembering Lady Chatterly's Lover (uncredited)
 1961 The Best of Enemies
Maj. Richardson
 1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Laurence Mackay
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Marcus Dodds
- The Trench Coat (1960) ... Marcus Dodds
 1959 Happy Anniversary
Chris Walters
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Miles Doughton
 1957-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Cameo / Milo Brant / Allen Raikes
- Checkmate (1959) ... Cameo (uncredited)
- The Accuser (1958) ... Milo Brant
- Village of Fear (1957) ... Allen Raikes
 1957-1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Charles Enright / Jeffrey Collins / Jeff Carleton / ...
- Decision by Terror (1958) ... Charles Enright
- Taps for Jeffrey (1958) ... Jeffrey Collins
- The Tinhorn (1957) ... Jeff Carleton
- Danger by Night (1957) ... Alan Kevin
 1957-1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Medhill / Paul Martel / Paul Evans / ...
- My Wife's Next Husband (1958) ... Robert Medhill
- Night Caller (1958) ... Paul Martel
- The Fatal Charm (1958)
- In the Dark (1958) ... Paul Evans
- Episode dated 23 December 1957 (1957) ... Jeff Carleton
 1958 Bonjour Tristesse
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
 1957 The Little Hut
Henry Brittingham-Brett
 1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
Dr. Alan Coles
 1956 The Silken Affair
Roger Tweakham
 1952-1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Lee / Ted / Jim Kenyon / ...
- Second Chance (1956) ... Lee
- Touch and Go (1956) ... Ted
- The Rites of Spring (1956) ... Jim Kenyon
- Red Wine (1956) ... David
- Safe Keeping (1956) ... Frank
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Colonel Patrick Henry Harris
 1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
- The Thin Line (1956) ... Johnny
 1955 The King's Thief
James - Duke of Brampton
 1954 Tonight's the Night
Jasper O'Leary
 1954 The Love Lottery
Rex Allerton
 1953 The Moon Is Blue
David Slater
 1952-1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Sword Play (1952)
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actor
- Episode #3.10 (1952) ... Guest Actor
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Sheffield Story (1952) ... Sheffield
 1952 Chesterfield Presents (TV Series)
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- The Willow and I (1952)
 1951 The Lady Says No
Bill Shelby
 1951 Island Rescue
Maj. Valentine Moreland
 1951 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Not a Chance (1951)
 1951 Soldiers Three
Capt. Pindenny
 1951 Happy Go Lovely
B.G. Bruno
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur Carstairs
- Portrait of Lydia (1950) ... Arthur Carstairs
 1947 The Other Love
Dr. Anthony Stanton
 1947 The Perfect Marriage
Dale Williams
 1939 Raffles
 1939 Eternally Yours
Tony aka The Great Arturo
 1939 The Real Glory
Lieut. Terrence McCool
 1938 The Dawn Patrol
 1938 Four Men and a Prayer
Christopher Leigh
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Albert De Regnier
 1937 We Have Our Moments
Joe Gilling
 1936 Beloved Enemy
Capt. Gerald Preston
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Capt. Randall
 1936 Palm Springs
George Britell
 1936 Rose-Marie
Teddy (as David Nivens)
 1935 Splendor
Clancey Lorrimore
 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
 1935 A Feather in Her Hat
Leo Cartwright
 1935 Barbary Coast
Cockney Sailor Thrown Out of Saloon (uncredited)
 1935 Without Regret
Bill Gage
 1934 Cleopatra
Slave (uncredited)
 1933 Eyes of Fate
Man at Race Course (uncredited)
 1932 There Goes the Bride
Bit Role (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (53 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (45 credits)

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The title of his autobiography, "Bring on the Empty Horses", is taken from a command given by director Michael Curtiz during the filming of The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) in which Niven had a featured part. Curtiz, a Hungarian notorious for his poor command of English, wanted a lot of riderless horses in the background of the climactic charge, but couldn't make himself understood to his ... See more »


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