Ronald Charles Colman was born on February 9, 1891 in Richmond, Surrey, England.
He was the fifth of six children born to Charles and Marjory Fraser Colman (three daughters
and three sons; the oldest son dying at age 5).
Charles Colman was a fairly well-to-do silk importer,
Marjory a homemaker of Scottish descent.
Go here for photo of Colman's birthplace as it appears today.
Ronald was sent to Hadley boarding school in Littlehampton. He was a quiet boy,
Ronald was 16 his father died, putting an end to the boy's plans
tedium was relieved somewhat when he joined the London Scottish Regionals, an
army territorial force. There he found an escape from office work, as well as
new camaraderie with
1914, when Colman was 23 years old, England went to war with Germany.
I came back to England my whole world had changed," Colman later said. "I had to have a job; so did thousands of other men just like me. Jobs were hard to find. The only thing I knew anything about was amateur theatricals. So I turned to the stage. I took anything I could get and that was very little."
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