Robert Newton IS Long John Silver.
Treasure Island..cant believe it apparently did not win an Oscar.One of the best movies ever made.Love it.wish I could buy/find a dvd of it.
Thank-you Walt,and Mr Newton,you were trail blazers.
~ Friday, March 1, 2013, 05:13:55 AM (PST)
Great man and great website. I have just posted an article about Bobby on the Findadeath forum. Couldn't believe nobody had already done so. Keep up the good work.
Bazonthebass@aol.com ~ http://www.findadeath.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29865
~ Friday, April 8, 2011, 1:49:14 PM (PST)
I think that Treasure Island, the original Disney version, is one of the best movies of all time in the "pirate" genre and that is in large part because of the ultimately definintive portrayal of Long John Silver by the late Robert Newton. I am now 66 but so fond of that version of Treasure Island and Long John am I that I will go out of my way to view it as a classic presentation, or anytime that it is scheduled for Broadcast on television.Robert Newton was a truly great actor but for me, as for many others, His consummate role as as Long John Silver. His facial contortions in concert with his lines was phenomenal and
his beneficently evil realtionship to Jim Hawkins has never been surpassed. It is one of my favorite films of all time and coming from A maritime city with a long history on Cape Ann
in the North Shore of Massachusetts held all that much more allure for a lad of 5 as I was when first I saw this swashbuckling tale of treasure and pirates and the unlikely friendship between a young boy and a SCURVY but good hearted rogue. Robert Newton will forever be known as the consummate Long John Silver. Thank 'ee Mr. Newton,
for a classic for the ages, ARRRRR!
Brian A. Rich
~ Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7:30:41 AM (PST)
I have always enjoyed Robert Newton's peformances especially his roles as a pirate. Ire!!
Recently I had the privelege of viewing Hatter's Castle. Robert Newton was absolutely brillian as James Brodie. Too bad this film is so difficult to come by. A wonderful classic by the great A.J. Cronin.
I wish that I could obtain a copy of They Flew Alone for my region.
Thanks for this great site!
~ Friday, December 31, 2010, 19:50:14 PM (PST)
The most brilliant Pirate ever born and a great actor!!
Born in Newlyn Cornwall I believe, is that true. [Reply: Robert Newton was born in Shaftesbury in Dorset, but, yes, he spent part of his childhood in Newlyn. ~Susan]
~ Thursday, November 4, 2010, 06:56:40 AM (PST)
I have great, warm memories of my first contact with Mr Newton as Long John Silver and he was a favorite of my father's too...I have susequently become an actor and feel Mr Newton was part of many influences on me...he cdertainly made acting look like the fun it is, or should be...
Thanks for establishing this site and keeping his memory alive...
~ Saturday, March 30, 2010, 06:30:27 AM (PST)
Thank you Susan, for this brilliantly detailed website on one of Britains finest though largely under appreciated, character actors. I loved Robert Newton and am old enough to have seen some of his films at the time of their initial release. His portrayal of Long John Silver has stamped an indelible mark on ALL subsequent portrayals of Old Seadogs and is utterly unforgetable! But so was his portrayal of Bill Sykes and sometime later as Ginger Ed in The Beachcomber. Thank you for so graciously enabling me recall his films so vividly. Believe me you ae performing a valuable public service by hosting this site. So Godspeed.
warwick paul onyeama
~ Monday, March 6, 2009, 05:55:00 AM (PST)
As a boy, I read Treasure Island at least 6 or 8 times. I loved the Disney Robert Newton version of Treasure Island. Robert Newton was and always will be the greatest pirate actor of all time. I am now reading Flint and Silver by John Drake, the prequel to Treasure Island. In my minds eye, I can see and hear Robert Newton as Long John Silver.
~ Monday, October 12, 2009, 11:47:33 AM (PST)
As a young child I came to love
newton 's Long john silver.The movie,the t.v. series was an all-time favourite of mine.Years later
he is not forgotten.I am glad this website exists to honor his acting skills
~ Sunday, September 13, 2009, 06:05:57 AM (PST)
A brilliant artist...!!
~ Saturday, September 12, 2009, 03:29:46 AM (PST)
IMore interested in Long John Silver apocrypha, though I AM interested in R.N.
But I'm watching the TV series, and have found the site's comments
~ Monday, July 13, 2009, 09:14:23 AM (PST)
OOh Aarr you, I be vrom Darzet too, ee' be the only darzet man wot made it to California, course there be Admiral Hardy who held Nelson s head up.
~ Saturday, July 11, 2009, 09:57:44 AM (PST)
I grew up with Long John as the only real movie pirate. I have managed to get copies of both Treasure Island movies and the television series 'The Adventures of Long John Silver". All tavern wenches ort t' be like Miss Purity. yarrrrrr
~ Saturday, December 20, 2008, 11:15:04 AM (PST)
Great website you have here for a great actor!
~ Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 02:34:07 AM (PST)
I wanted to say this man should of had an "Honorary Oscar" for his work. What I would like to ask was his leg hidden in his movies? What I did not know what killed him and now I know.
Unted States of America
~ Friday, September 12, 2008, 3:12:15 PM (PST)
what a waste of talent, never shall we forget a brilliant actor
~ Saturday, September 6, 2008, 04:21:23 AM (PST)
"Blackbeard the Pirate" has always been a favorite movie of mine, because of Robert Newton's wonderfully "camp" portrayal of Blackbeard. About ten years ago, I struck up a close fiendship with Keith Andes, and he would share great stories with me about the movie and about working with Mr. Newton. I have always treasured that.
Forest Hill, Maryland, USA
~ Tuesday, July 2, 2008, 22:28:06 PM (EST)
I was watching the Treasure Island #1
today, the day after the anniversary of Robert Newton death on March
1956. I was curious about his death as I have grown up with him as
the only real actor to play a real pirate.
I can quote his TV show opening which I watched faithfully every
week. I loved his acting and as a kid I was always Long John when it came
to playing pirates with my friends. I watched him carefully,
strapped my one leg up like he did and played the part better than anyone
under 12 years of age. I would quote his opening narration:
"from Spanish tales to Spanish dabloons, swarm and adventure heat and
cool, is Schooners Island and all the old romance told exactly in
the ancient way, so be it! And board off!"
Here I am at age 60 and for some reason i picked his first treasure
island movie to play on this lazy day in March 2008. I was then
drawn to check his name out on the net because I never knew when he died
or what he died from.
It was sad to see alcohol did him in, that was such a waste, he died
so young and could have done so much more in movies.
I believe in reincarnation and through a medium connection I have
discovered he was reborn in 1973 May 21st in Northern England, as a
woman, this time. She is still alive and is living in England. She was
a Mother and is currently not working and had two girls and one boy.
it was so interesting to connect to him again and I will try to look
him/her up if I ever make it to England.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
~ Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 4:02:07 PM (EST)
Without doubt, my favourite all time actor. From the moment I first saw him in as the infamous Bill Sykes in the Dickens classic Oliver Twist, He became the tops for me! His portrayal as the head in Tom Brown's Schooldays was super. His Long John Silver in Treasure Island, served as confirmation as the greatest for me.
John E West
~ Friday, December 28, 2007, 05:37:43 AM (PST)
When my mother and her best friend Vera turned age 18, they escaped home, taking the first train they could find from New York City to Hollywood, California. They got jobs at Warner Brothers in the HeyDays and both soon married actors. My mom's marriage (that produced my older sister)ended shortly in divorce, but Vera's husband, Robert Newton, went on to work in a number of films, including as Long John Silver in "Treasure Island." This week's Straight Dope column (can be seen at www.straightdope.com) is about pirates and credits Robert Newton with the popular pirate image, including the "Arrr." I didn't know that. My mother and Vera were best friends until Vera died in 2000 (still in Hollywood). My mother passed away four years ago. Somewhere, I still have a big box of hilarious letters that Vera and my mom wrote to each other. Vera's nickname was "Boots."
~ Saturday, October 13, 2007, 5:51:48 AM (PST)
Happy 102nd Birthday Robert!!!!
~ Friday, June 01, 2007, 9:26:03 AM (PST)
First things first: Great site!! Wonderful tribute to a fine and marvelously versatile actor.
I found this site while searching for a review of "Hatter's Castle," the first novel written by A.J. Cronin, one of my favorite authors. As a movie nut, I knew it had been made into a movie, but that was all that I knew. I had no idea that Robert Newton, James Mason and Deborah Kerr, all of whose performances I have wonderful memories of. I've got to locate a copy somewhere.
After clicking on your site, I spent the next three hours exploring it and finding out all about Newton and his movies, several of which I have seen -- Odd Man Out, Jamaica Inn, Desert Rats, Kiss the Blood of My Hands (Burt Lancaster is my favorite actor), Around the World in Eighty days, and, of course, Treasure Island. There were two books that completely captivated me, transporting me to lands and times almost more real than life. One was Robin Hood and the other Treasure Island. I clearly remember no little sadness as I approached the last chapter of each; I wanted them to go on forever. Such is childhood.
When the TI movie came out, I wondered if it could even come close to capturing the wonder of the book. But thanks to Robert Newton's defining performance as the crusty pirate, it indeed did, surpassing all expectations joining my list of very special movies. That was one of three performances that to me, a viewer of thousands of movies, that just cannot be praised highly enough, performances that I can't imagine anyone else playing. The other two are Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch in "To KIll a Mockingbird," and Ron Moody's Fagin in the musical "oliver."
I always thought there was a great resemblance between Newton and fellow Britisher Leo Genn of Billy Budd fame. Am I seeing clearly in this? They were both great character actors, though Genn rarely, if ever, got starring roles.
Well, I just had to let you know how much I have enjoyed your site; these last hours have been pure joy. Thank God for the Internet; one never knows where one will end when a Google search is implemented. Rest assured that I will be on the lookout for Robert Newton movies from now on.
Thanks again for all your efforts. I'll check periodically for new information.
PS: My other pirate fave flicks are: Frenchmen's Creek, Spanish Main, Captain Blood and Burt Lancaster's The Crimson Pirate. I think I have the names right.
~ Friday, May 25, 2007, 6:22:39 PM (PST)
I've been a film buff most of my life and a pirate at heart. nobody, and i mean NOBODY captured pirate persona like Robert Newton. Geffory Rush and Johnny Depp are superb as pirates but Robert as Long John Silver and even more chillingly as Blackbeard was in a class by himself. He was an all around wonderful actor and you honor him with your site!! God Bless!!!
~ Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 3:19:27 PM (PST)
thanks for all the info on R N he was the true long john silver no one will ever replace him.i loved it when he said ar jim lad regards T.L.S.
THOMAS L STEVENSON
~ Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 12:43:45 PM (PST)
I JUST RENTED 'AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS' FROM THE LIBRARY. I'VE ONLY WATCHED HALF OF IT, BUT WHEN THE CAMERA SHOWED ROBERT I KNEW RIGHT THEN WHO IT WAS. BUT WHEN HE SPOKE, I WAS SO CONFUSED.
IT DIDN'T SOUND LIKE A PIRATE AT ALL!
HE SOUNDS A LITTLE STRANGE NOW, AFTER ALL THE YEARS THAT I'VE HEARD HIM AS LONG JOHN!
AND IT KINDA MADE ME A LITTLE SAD TOO BECUASE THAT WAS HIS LAST MOVIE, AND IT WAS A GREAT ONE.
HE WAS REALLY WONDERFUL. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS SHOPPING AROUND IN ST. AUGUSTINE AND I FOUND THESE NECKLACES THAT HAD PICTURES ON GUITAR PICS. SO I WAS LOOKING THROUGH THEM AND I FOUND ONE WITH LONG JOHN SILVER ON IT. AND I HAVEN'T TAKEN IT OFF SINCE. I ALWAYS SHOW IT OFF TO EVERYONE, EVEN THOUGH THEY DON'T KNOW WHO HE IS.
I LOVE YOUR SITE, I GO ON IT ALMOST EVERYDAY. KEEP IT UP!
~ Monday, April 16, 2007, 4:31:30 PM (PST)
bobby newton one off brilliant
grayoat blueyonder .com ~
~ Sunday, April 01, 2007, 1:58:52 AM (PST)
Arrrrr, my old Dad used to say when wandering around the house when I was a lad. I recalled those moments years later when I told him I wanted to be an actor.
He frowned a bit and said, "If you want to be an actor you have to watch very closely two people. Montogomery Clift and Robert Newton."
I took it to heart and have not been the same since. Hollywood bound, I hit the screen in 1970 and haven't stopped yet tho I have never gotten to play a pirate...yet!
Went to visit his grave some years ago to say thanks.
Thanks also for this great homage site.
This is the 51st anniversary of his death and I intend to run an few episodes of TREASURE ISLAND later tonight.
Thanks 'Bobbie' for some great warmth and heart.
Michael C. Gwynne
~ Monday, March 26, 2007, 11:07:37 AM (PST)
I know I am not alone when I say that some of the fondest childhood memories I have are watching Robert Newton in Treasure Island with my parents.
But it was only recently that I've discovered there was so much more to this fascinating man. He was a brilliant character actor who left this world far too soon.
Inspired by your website, I have recently rented The Desert Rats, Oliver Twist, Jamaica Inn, and Henry V. I am in awe of this man's talents.
I work at a maritime museum and I often hear children speaking in Newtonesque 'pirate speak' as they explore the old ships. Though most of them probably have no idea who they're imitating, it warms me to no end. Every time it happens, I can't help but have a quiet chuckle to myself, and wonder if he is too.
Today, 51 years after his passing, I offer my gratitude and admiration to you for this outstanding labor of love.
~ Sunday, March 25, 2007, 4:42:16 AM (PST)
Thank you soooo much for this site !!
I have recently become a Robert Newton
fan after obtaining a compilation CD of
his Treasure Island work.
This gentleman MUST be the greatest
character actor of all time !
A MUST watch for budding thespians !
I am so moved by his performance I am
giving up my lucrative Broker position
to become a Pirate..ARRRR !!
Thanks again !
LEm in Vermont
Lemr2 -at- hotmail.com ~
~ Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 2:33:33 PM (PST)
Hi there, Well i have just been looking up Robert Newton on the web and came to this site and kept coming back as it seems to have alot of followers and a dedicated webmaster.Well i knew the name robert newton and that he was realted to me somehow.Turns out he was my cousin...well what do you know!!! Any family member of his that reads this could you please contact me at my email address.Would be most interesting to learn more about my extended family.Thansk and keep up the good work on this site.Thanks Barry
~ Sunday, March 18, 2007, 5:09:50 PM (PST)
the best pirate ever was or ever will be!
~ Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 7:01:49 PM (PST)
Hi..am in Australia and nearly a pensioner....am a great fan of the late great Robert Newton......I wonder why nobody has put out a biography of RN..imagine the quotes and personal stories of this great actor....anyway I live in hope....great website of yours Susan...very educational ....will refer to it constantly....cheers/regards...Barry J.
New South Wales,
~ Sunday, December 10, 2006, 1:00:17 AM (PST)
I love your site! I've visited lots of times but thought I'd finally sign the guestbook.
I've been a RN fan for more than 20 years. I used to watch all those British movies on PBS and enjoy all the great actors -- but Newton was my favorite -- he could be so different from role to role (Alec Guinness, too).
It's great to find all this info about him together in one place.
And I love that you have an 18th century nickname -- Sukey!
Thanks for creating and maintaining this site,
~ Thursday, November 16, 2006, 1:50:24 PM (PST)
I was Radio Officer on board a ship called the m.v. Hurley Beacon and it was the first ship under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco in 1963. We were berthed there for three days and on the second night there was a drinking session on board the ship ( we had spent our money the previous night). The electrician was one of those people who would drink anything ( if the bottle ran out the ink well was at danger ! ). He was in his element and put a patch on one eye, hopped arround on one leg with regular cries of "Aaagh Jim lad ! " told the following story:-
"Aaaagh Jim lad - do ye know how to make Crumbumbodium Pie?
No ! Well, Jim lad I will tell thee:-
You takes a young sucking pig, kills it and puts in in a large cookin vat. You covers the pig in Captain Morgan's blood - Jamaikee rum me harties.
Then ye boils the pig until you can stick a fid in it and it comes out clean. Ye adds a bit more rum to baste the pig.
Then ye throws the pig over the side of the ship and drinks the gravy -
One glass of that, Jim lad, and ye knows ye have had a meal"
~ Monday, September 18, 2006, 7:07:30 AM (PST)
WE LOVE YOU ROBERT! WE MISS YOU ALOT.
P.S. I AM PERSONALLY IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN.AND NO ONE SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT SO I'M COOL! :) WELL EXCEPT MY MOTHER :) HI SUSAN KEEP UP THIS WONDERFUL SITE. WE LOVE IT!
~ Friday, September 01, 2006, 3:07:28 PM (PST)
Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John
Silver is arguably the greatest piece of character acting there has ever been or will be.
He defined the role and no re-make should ever be
contemplated - were it to be so it would be but a pale imitation of the definitive version.I was 10 when the film was made and I remember it as clearly now as when I first saw it. Robert Newton is and always will be Long John !!
~ Thursday, August 31, 2006, 9:42:14 PM (PST)
one of the best pirate actors of all time Robt Newton will be forever remembered as Long John and Black Beard.
~ Thursday, July 27, 2006, 6:58:44 AM (PST)
Great Site! I really enjoy watching this great actor.
I'm 24 and first watched him in Return Treasure Island when I was 18. I hope to buy more of his films.
~ Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 10:06:52 PM (PST)
Robert Newton was one of David Niven's top 10 actors. He was born to play Long John Silver.
My old historical home is named "the Pirate's Roost". I live about 2 miles from where the Queen Anne's Revenge was sunk. The "Long John Silver Room" is one of my favorites in the home. He is the best known pirate of all times fictitious or real.
~ Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 6:11:43 PM (PST)
I wonder what he thought about doing the film, "This Happy Breed."
~ Sunday, May 07, 2006, 10:48:41 AM (PST)
Ever since i saw Treasure Island for the first time, I was hooked. I loved John Silver and the way Newton portrayed him has stayed with me. i am actually intrested in more of his works. I have been looking for copies of the movies "the adventures of Long John Silver". I really appreciate him as an actor; he was brilliant. And he has given me inspration to continue writing. His charaters are so colorful, and I wish he was still alive today to see how much of his work was appreciated. thanks for listining.
~ Wednesday, May 03, 2006, 9:41:37 AM (PST)
i just got long john silver wallpaper starring
robert newton my computer.i watch all the treasure islands regular.muppettreasureisland,treasureplanet,returnto,1950,1934jackiecooper
~ Sunday, April 23, 2006, 9:02:01 AM (PST)
I have both treasure island andreturn to treasure
island ondvd. i got return to treasure islandfor
~ Saturday, April 22, 2006, 12:44:21 PM (PST)
What a brilliant site sensitively looking at both the life and career of one of Britains greatest actors. Congratulations to one and all. I came across his name a few days ago whilst researching info about another contemporary of Robert's SIR CEDRIC HARDWICKE, who also worked with Sir Barry Jackson and starred at the Birmingham Rep, eventually working in over 70 performances at the renound theatre.
I have just finished a non-commercial book about British character actor Richard Wattis [see who's who section of www.tonyhancock.org.uk. I am now planning an exhibition [sometime in 2006] about actors Richard Wattis [Wednesbury] and Sir Cedric Hardwicke [Lye] who both were born in the Midlands and starred in the 1956 film AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS - combining it all with the 50th anniversary of film in 2006.
It is good to see Robert was also part of that great film and circle of a type of actor remembered forever. I wondered if they all knew each other ?
~ Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 1:22:17 AM (PST)
We are a homeschooling family doing a study about pirates and of course, there can be NO study without seeing Treasure Island and Robert Newton! To see my little girl fall in love with him is a testament to his timelessness!!!Thank you so much for this wonderful,informative site (we will be using it extensively) and for keeping this great man's name and talents alive for the next generations!
~ Sunday, April 09, 2006, 7:29:21 PM (PST)
I'm signing the guestbook before reading your reviews. I've recently watched "Long John Silver" and become enamored of Robert Newton. I came looking for other films he's been in and found your site. After I've read your reviews, I'll start looking for the films so I can watch them all. Thank you for your wonderful website!
Beverly Gaye Scofield
~ Friday, April 07, 2006, 6:35:17 PM (PST)
Robert Newton is a standout among the great roster of English actors from the 1940's to the 1950's. He wasn't only Long John Silver or Bill Sikes, but a marvelous collection of astonishingly human and touching characters brought to great heights of realism and feeling. I deeply love this man's acting and regard him as one of the immortals of screen history.
~ Sunday, March 26, 2006, 10:36:03 AM (PST)
There are many good actors but only few who are really exciting and R.N was one of the most intriguing performers of all time.His characterisations have an independent life away from the picture's plot.Wonderful site ,magnificent actor!
P.S:I recently saw''withering heights''and it was nothing really memorable.No real passion ,just a harmless fairy tale.Just imagine R.N and Maureen O'Hara in the main roles ,a darker skript and a fast-paced William Wellman or Raoul Walsh or Victor Fleming direction!
~ Monday, March 20, 2006, 6:28:35 PM (PST)
robert newton was made for the part of my cousin robert louis stevenson film treasure island long live long john silver best regards mark stevenson.
~ Thursday, March 16, 2006, 3:59:52 AM (PST)
What was the movie Robert Newton was in, where he filled a tub full of acid to get rid of a womans
~ Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 7:56:32 PM (PST)
Hi! Even though I'm an 'old' visitor to this site, I thought that I would sign the guestbook. I had never previously signed here. Very thorough and informative site. Thanks for all you've done here Susan.
~ Friday, February 24, 2006, 5:04:06 AM (PST)
Just thought I would sign your guestbook! I always love visiting your site. It is so interesting and a great tribute to one fine actor. Keep up the FABULOUS work, matey!
~ Thursday, February 16, 2006, 7:58:35 PM (PST)