Sir Donald Sinden had been battling prostate cancer over several years and his death, just weeks before his ninety first birthday (October 09, 2014), at his home in Romney Marsh, Kent which has been described as a huge loss by his family.
Sir Donald Sinden trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and made his film debut in 1953 with The Cruel Sea. He later went on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in leading roles such as King Lear and Malvolio In Twelfth Night.
Sir Donald Sinden made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than seventy credits for television and film productions since the late 1940’s till date.
“My father has finished dying. He suffered for a few years from prostate cancer which slowly spread. Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge and we would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, consideration and care until the end.” stated his son, actor and film director Marc Sinden.
Marc Sinden, who has his own production company, added: “He bravely continued presenting our Sky Arts documentary series Great West End Theatres in spite of a minor stroke, until it became just too difficult for him and at his insistence his illness was kept from all but the closest friends It had been an ambition of his to get as many of his wonderful theatrical memories and anecdotes down on film to share with people, in and outside of our profession, who may have never heard his extraordinary tales of a hugely long career. Not many knew, for instance, that he was the last person living to have known Oscar Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) and was one of only two people to attend his funeral.”
Marc Sinden even stated that plans for a memorial service were under way.
Veteran actor Sir Donald Sinden passed away at his residence stated his family. Sir Donald Sinden was ninety. Sir Donald Sinden had been battling...2.5