David Niven

British actor and novelist (1910–1983)

David Niven (March 1, 1910 – July 29, 1983) was an English actor. He won the Academy Award for "Best Actor" for his role in the movie Separate Tables in 1958. Originally, he was the actor who was to play the first James Bond, but the producers later decided to give the role to Sean Connery instead. Some of the movies that he was in include The Pink Panther, Around the World in 80 Days, The Guns of Navarone, and Casino Royale.

David Niven
David Niven (1973)
James David Graham Niven

(1910-03-01)1 March 1910
Died29 July 1983(1983-07-29) (aged 73)
  • Actor
  • soldier
  • memoirist
  • novelist
Spouse(s)Primula Rollo (m. 1940–1946, her death)
Hjordis Paulina Tersmeden (m. 1948–1983, his death)
AwardsBest Actor
1958 Separate Tables
Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical/Comedy
1954 The Moon Is Blue
Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1959 Separate Tables

Niven started his career as an extra. He died of motor neurone disease.

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