Roland Young

Roland Young

Acting
  • Birth Date:
    11 November 1887
  • Death Date:
    05 June 1953(aged 66)
  • Birth Place:
    London, England, UK

Roland Young Movies

That's Entertainment! III1994(archive footage)1994
That Man from Tangier1953George1953
St. Benny the Dip1951Matthew1951
Let's Dance1950Edmund Pohlwhistle1950
The Great Lover1949C.J. Dabney1949
Bond Street1948George Chester-Barrett1948
You Gotta Stay Happy1948Ralph Tutwiler1948
And Then There Were None1945Detective William Henry Blore1945
Standing Room Only1944Ira Cromwell1944
Forever and a Day1943Henry Barringer1943
The Lady Has Plans1942Ronald Dean1942
Tales of Manhattan1942Edgar - Wilson's butler1942
They All Kissed the Bride1942Marsh1942
The Flame of New Orleans1941Charles Giraud1941
Topper Returns1941Cosmo Topper1941
Two-Faced Woman1941Oscar 'O.O.' Miller1941
1940Uncle Willie1940
He Married His Wife1940Bill Carter1940
Star Dust1940Thomas Brooke1940
No, No, Nanette1940Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith1940
Irene1940Mr. Smith1940
Dulcy1940Roger Forbes1940
Yes, My Darling Daughter1939Titus Jaywood1939
Here I Am a Stranger1939Professor Daniels1939
The Night of Nights1939Barry Keith-Trimble1939
The Young in Heart1938Col. Anthony 'Sahib' Carleton1938
Topper Takes a Trip1938Cosmo Topper1938
Sailing Along1938Anthony Gulliver1938
Call It a Day1937Frank Haines1937
Topper1937Cosmo Topper1937
Ali Baba Goes To Town1937Sultan1937
King Solomon's Mines1937Cmdr. John Good1937
Give Me Your Heart1936Edward 'Tubbs' Barrow1936
The Man Who Could Work Miracles1936George McWhirter Fotheringay1936
The Unguarded Hour1936William "Bunny" Jeffers1936
One Rainy Afternoon1936Maillot1936
Ruggles of Red Gap1935Earl of Burnstead1935
Here Is My Heart1934Prince Nicholas / Nicki1934
A Lady's Profession1933Lord Reginald Withers1933
Blind Adventure1933Holmes1933
His Double Life1933Priam Farrel1933
Pleasure Cruise1933Andrew Poole1933
One Hour with You1932Professor Olivier1932
A Woman Commands1932King Alexander1932
Lovers Courageous1932Jeffrey1932
Wedding Rehearsal1932Reggie Buckley Candysshe - Marquis of Buckminster1932
This Is the Night1932Gerald1932
Street of Women1932Linkhorne 'Link' Gibson1932
The Prodigal1931Doc1931
The Squaw Man1931Sir John Applegate1931
Annabelle's Affairs1931Roland Wimbleton1931
Don't Bet on Women1931Herbert Drake1931
The Guardsman1931The Critic1931
The Pagan Lady1931Dr. Heath1931
New Moon1930Count Strogoff1930
Madam Satan1930Jimmy Wade1930
The Unholy Night1929Lord Montague1929
Wise Girls1929Duke Merrill1929
Camille1926Lord Kyne1926
Sherlock Holmes1922Dr. Watson1922

Who is Roland Young?

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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.