Actor David Niven Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1983 - David Niven, the veteran British actor and one of the screen’s most durable leading men, has died in a Swiss hospital after a long illness. He was 73. Niven, who suffered for more than a year from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a debilitating neuromuscular disorder, died, said Jane Sylvester of Cowan Bellew publicity agents. Trim and debonair with a pencil-thin mustache, Niven starred in nearly 100 films over a period of more than 40 years. His most notable successes included Separate Tables, for which he won the best actor Academy Award in 1959. The Moon is Blue, Around the World in 80 days, The Guns of Navarone, Death on the Nile and three Pink Panther movies.

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