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David Niven

David Niven, born James David Graham Nevins (March 1, 1909 - July 29, 1983), was an English actor who achieved the unusual distinction of success in both the British and the Hollywood film industry.

He was born in London and trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which gave him the "officer and gentleman" bearing that was to be his trademark.

Arriving in Hollywood during the 1930s, he first worked as an extra in westerns, then had a walk-on part in the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty and progressed to leading man in MGM comedies such as Bachelor Mother (1939).

During World War II, he served in the British army, rising to the rank of Colonel in the British Commandos and landing at Normandy.

He resumed his career afterwards with roles such as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days and James Bond in Casino Royale.

He won an Academy Award for his performance in Separate Tables (1958).

Late in life, he gained critical acclaim for his memoirs of his acting career, The Moon's A Balloon (1971) and Bring On the Empty Horses (1975).

He died in 1983 of Motor Neurone Disease.

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