Date of Birth : Jun 1st 1905
English stage and film actor. Along with Errol Flynn, Newton was one of the most popular actors among the male juvenile audience of the 1940s and early 1950s, especially British boys. He was cited as a role model by actor Tony Hancock and drummer Keith Moon.
Newton’s film career included notable ruffians and villains, among them Bill Walker in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara (1941), Bill Sykes in David Lean’s 1948 film version of Oliver Twist and Long John Silver in Walt Disney’s Treasure Island (1950). He also portrayed disciplinarians such as Inspector Javert in the 1952 Les Misérables, Dr. Arnold in the 1951 film version of Tom Brown’s Schooldays and Inspector Fix in his last film, Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of that year.
Newton appeared in major roles in two films based on the novella The Vessel of Wrath, by W. Somerset Maugham. He played the Dutch contrôleur in the 1938 version (released in the U.S. as The Beachcomber), and the lead role of Edward “Ginger Ted” Wilson in The Beachcomber (1954). He starred as the Scottish hatter, James Brodie, in Hatter’s Castle, a 1941 film based on the novel by A. J. Cronin. He also played Ancient Pistol in Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film of Henry V and Lukey in Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out, his performance was later immortalised in Harold Pinter’s play Old Times.