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David^NivenJames David Graham Niven, known as David Niven, was a English actor and novelist. Niven wrote four books. The first, , was a novel which appeared in 1951 and was forgotten almost at once. In 1971, he published his autobiography, , which was well-received, selling ove



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David Niven

David^NivenJames David Graham Niven, known as David Niven, was an Oscar winning English actor and novelist. Niven wrote four books. The first, , was a novel which appeared in 1951 and was forgotten almost at once. In 1971, he published his autobiography, , which was well-received, selling over five million copies. He followed this with in 1975, a collection of highly entertaining reminiscences from Hollywood's "Golden Age" in the 1940s. It now appears that Niven recounted many incidents from a first person perspective which actually happened to other people, and which he borrowed and embroidered. In 1981, Niven published a second and much more successful novel, , which was set during and after World War II, and drew on his experiences during the war and in Hollywood. He was working on a third novel when his health failed in 1983. Aming his many movies he appeared in (1947) , and (1948) , all of which received critical acclaim. Niven later appeared in (1954) and (1955) before scoring a big success as Phileas Fogg in Michael Todd's production of (1956) . He won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Major Pollock in , his only nomination for an Oscar. Niven appeared in nearly a hundred films, and many shows for television. With an Academy Award to his credit, Niven's career continued to thrive. In 1959, he became the host of his own TV drama series, The , which ran for 13 episodes that summer. He subsequently appeared in another 30 films, including (1978) , and (1980) . He died at his home from ALS ( "Lou Gehrig's disease" in the US and motor neuron disease (MND) in the UK) on 29 July 1983 at age 73



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