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About Robert Newton
<Mr Robert Newton: Stage and Film>
<The Times, March 26, 1956>
Mr. Robert Newton, who died at Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday at the age of 50, as briefly reported in our later editions yesterday, was an actor of force and power, to which for some reason he was seldom able to give full expression.
Born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Algernon Newton, A.R.A., he was educated at Newbury Grammar School and in Swtzerland. He spent three years with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he first appeared in a walking on part in _Henry IV (Part I)_ in 1920. He had a good grounding in that famous theatre not only in the art of acting but also in stage management, and, after a successful tour in South Africa, he obtained his first stage engagement in _London Life_. His success in doubling the comparatively small parts of John Murray and the Regent in _Byron_ led to his engagement as Hugh Devon in _Bitter Sweet_, which ran for over a year. He first visited America in 1931, appearing at the Times Square Theatre, New York, as Victor Prynne in _Private Lives_, in which part he succeeded Sir Laurence Olivier.
Soon after his return to England he assumed the management of the Grand Theatre, Fulham, where he ran the _shilling theatre_ for some two years, which was not a particular successful venture. A return to the West End at Patrick O'Leary in _Once Upon a Time_ at the Little Theatre paved the way for such successes as Boris in _The Greeks Had a Word for It_ at the Duke of York's Theatre and Renny in _Whiteoaks_. However, he will be best remembered for his work in the cinema, from his terrifying impersonation of Bill Sikes in _Oliver Twist_ to his rollicking Long John Silver in _Treasure Island_.
He was four times married.