David Niven

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Niven in 1973

James David Graham Niven (1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983) was a British actor, soldier, memoirist, and novelist. Niven was known as a handsome and debonair leading man in Classic Hollywood films. He received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.


  • Can you imagine being wonderfully over-paid for dressing up and playing games?
    • From an interview; quoted in Frank S. Pepper, ed. The Wit and Wisdom of the 20th Century (1987), 'Acting', no. 19
  • Going to war was the only unselfish thing I have ever done for humanity.
    • Quoted in Sheridan Morley, The Other Side of the Moon (1985), Ch. XIII: 1941–1942
  • Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don't take anything too seriously, it'll all work out in the end.
    • To Robert Wagner; quoted in The Other Side of the Moon (1985), Ch. XXV: 1964–1966
  • Isn't it fascinating that probably the only laugh this man will ever get in his life is by stripping off his clothes and showing his shortcomings.

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