Peter Donat (born Pierre Collingwood Donat on 20 January 1928) is a Canadian/American actor known for his roles in American television.
Donat was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a nephew of the late British actor Robert Donat and brother to Richard Donat. Donat studied drama at Yale and first came to attention as a stage actor in the lead of a production of Cyrano de Bergerac.
In 1965, he was featured in the cast as Vince Conway on Moment of Truth. That show was the only Canadian serial ever broadcast on a comercial television network in the United States. His credits include: Mission: Impossible, Banacek, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie's Angels, Lou Grant, Dallas, Quincy, Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Simon and Simon and Murder She Wrote. He also starred in Cyrano de Bergerac (play) playing the title role, in 1972 on the PBS anthology Theatre in America. He was a regular cast member of the 1980s primetime serial, Flamingo Road as Elmo Tyson, and more recently had a recurring...
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The Game is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and produced by Polygram, telling the story of an investment banker who is gifted with prepaid access to a game that integrates in strange ways with his life. As the lines between the banker's real life and the game become more and more uncertain, there are hints of a larger conspiracy.
The game in the movie can be viewed as a sort of alternate reality game with a large live action role-playing game component. Participants in real life versions of alternate reality games and live action role-playing games find the movie interesting and a source of inspiration for this reason. (See also The Game (treasure hunt) for a real-life equivalent to the fictional events in the film.)
The Game was #44 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.The main character of The Game, Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a successful businessman, but his success has come at the cost of his family life; when the movie opens, he is...
The China Syndrome is a 1979 thriller film which tells the story of a reporter and cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Richard Herd, and Wilford Brimley.
The movie was written by Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges. It was directed by Bridges. The film illustrated the viewpoint that human depravity is of greater safety concern than flaws of technology.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jane Fonda), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
The title refers to the concept, mentioned only jokingly in the film, that if an American nuclear plant melts down, it will melt through the Earth until it reaches China. See China Syndrome.
The film was released on March 16, 1979, just twelve days before the real-life events at Three Mile...,
The Hindenburg (1975) is a movie based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. The film was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and was written by Nelson Gidding, Richard Levinson, and William Link based on the novel by Michael M. Mooney. The movie has an ensemble cast, including George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, and Charles Durning.
A highly speculative thriller, The Hindenburg portrays a conspiracy leading to the destruction of the airship. In reality, while the zeppelins were certainly used as a propaganda symbol by the Third Reich, and anti-Nazi forces might have had the motivation for sabotage, the theory of sabotage was investigated at the time and no firm evidence for such sabotage was ever put forward.
An interesting aspect of the film was its transition from black and white to technicolor and back to greyscale. The film began with a Universal Studios newsreel that gave a lighthearted view to the history of the lighter-than-air craft. Afterwards...,
The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. The film is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather, chronicling the story of the Corleone family following the events of the first film while also depicting the rise to power of the young Vito Corleone, played by Robert De Niro.
It is ranked as the third best movie of all time by the Internet Movie Database, with the movie's predecessor, The Godfather, ranked as #1, and the American Film Institute lists it as #32.The Godfather Part II is considered by many as the greatest sequel of all-time, being nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning 6, including the Best Picture Award and the Best Supporting Actor Award. It is considered by some critics to be even better than the original.
The Godfather Part II has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.The Godfather Part II presents two parallel storylines. One involves Mafia...,
Peter Donat was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada