Full Name: James David Graham Niven
Why Famous: David Niven was a popular British actor with a long career in film and television who appeared in nearly 100 films. Some of his most memorable roles include "The Moon Is Blue" (1953), "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956), "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) and "The Pink Panther" (1963).
Niven won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role of Major Pollock in "Separate Tables" (1958).
In later life Niven was a successful author publishing his autobiography "The Moon's a Balloon" in 1971.
- 1959-03-05 16th Golden Globes: "The Defiant Ones", David Niven, & Susan Hayward win
- 1959-04-06 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
- 1963-12-18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini
- 1967-04-19 "Casino Royale" James Bond comedy film starring David Niven and Peter Sellers premieres. Based on the Ian Fleming novel.