Robert Donat dies of an asthma attack in London, 1958. During the 1940 Academy Awards ceremony, he was the ant at the Gone With the Wind picnic, eclipsing Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler to scoop up a surprise victory for Best Actor for his work in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). Donat’s portrayal of Mr. Chipping, a headmaster looking back on his life at an all-boys school, proved to be the most famous of his 26-year movie career. Costarring relative newcomer Greer Garson, the picture saw Donat age 63 years over the course of its 114-minute running time. Said the actor about Chipping, “As soon as I put the moustache on, I felt the part, even if I did look like a great airedale come out of a puddle."