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Sir Donald Sinden

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Theatre, TV and film actor Sir Donald Sinden has died aged 90 after years battling cancer.
    Sir Donald made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than 70 credits for film and TV PRODUCTIONS[​IMG] since the late 1940s to now.
    He had been battling PROSTATE CANCER[​IMG] over several years and his death, just weeks before his 91st birthday, at his home in Romney Marsh, Kent, has been described as a 'huge loss' by his family.
    His son, actor and film director Marc Sinden, said in a statement: 'My father has finished dying. He suffered for a few years from PROSTATE CANCER[​IMG] which slowly spread.
    'Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge and we would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, consideration and care until the end.'
    Sir Donald trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and made his film debut in 1953 with The Cruel Sea, later going on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in leading roles such as King Lear and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
    But for all his classical roles and theatrical prowess, many will remember him for TV sitcoms such as Two's Company and Never The Twain, as well as a running spoof in satirical PUPPET[​IMG] show Spitting Image which poked fun at his wonderfully rich voice.
    The actor was born in Plymouth on 9 October, 1923, the son of a country chemist. He had fully intended to pursue a career as an architect and surveyor.

    [SIZE=1.2em]However, he was spotted in an amateur theatrical production in the Brighton Little Theatre and in 1942 was asked to join the Charles F Smith Company, which entertained the troops. Sir Donald had himself been turned down for naval service because of asthma.[/SIZE]

    After brief training in a drama school, he quickly established himself as a stage performer, particularly in Shakespearean roles."

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