How well do you know Robert Newton?

Actor Robert Newton (1905-1956) is probably best known today for his influence on pop-culture piracy--his portrayal of Long John Silver in Walt Disney's first all-live-action film "Treasure Island" in 1950 redefined the popular conception of the way pirates talked (it was Newton who introduced "arr!" to the pirate lexicon and first used that accent), rolled their eyes, and swaggered, especially since he reprised the role in a sequel and TV series and played Blackbeard as well. But he was a top-grossing star of stage and screen in Britain well before that, appearing in acclaimed films such as David Lean's "Oliver Twist," Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out," Laurence Olivier's groundbreaking "Henry V," and Edward Dmytryk's popular thriller "Obsession," as well as playing the romantic lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "Jamaica Inn." His last film, "Around the World in 80 Days," won the Best Picture Oscar in 1956.

How much do you really know about the patron saint of "Talk Like a Pirate Day"? Are you a serious fan? Or do you just want to know more about him? Take this fun trivia quiz and find out!

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1. What is Long John Silver's most distinguishing feature?
Peg leg on the left side
Peg leg on the right side
Missing leg on the left side
Missing leg on the right side
2. In which of the following films does Robert Newton NOT play a professional seafarer of some kind?
Farewell Again
Hell's Cargo
Night Boat to Dublin
Dark Journey
3. Which actor devoted an entire chapter in his autobiography to Robert Newton?
Emlyn Williams
Richard Burton
Laurence Olivier
David Niven
4. What was Robert Newton's father's occupation?
CEO of the Winsor & Newton art supplies company
5. What does the expression "arr" mean?
I'm an angry pirate--them that die'll be the lucky ones!
Ew, yuck!
Anything you want it to mean (all-purpose interjection used by pirates)
6. Where was the "Adventures of Long John Silver" television series filmed?
Porto Bello
7. What color were Robert Newton's eyes?
Dark brown
8. In what play did Robert Newton make his first stage appearance?
Henry VI
Henry IV
Captain Brassbound's Conversion
Captains Courageous
Henry V
9. What position did Robert Newton NOT hold during his tenure at the Birmingham Rep?
Stage manager
Set painter
10. In which branch of the British military did he serve during World War II?
Air Force
11. What did he name the theatre he ran in the early 1930s?
Shilling Theatre
Ha'penny Theatre
Fulham Palace
Duchess Theatre
12. In which of the following films can you hear him speak in his "normal" (offscreen) accent?
Treasure Island
Major Barbara
The Beachcomber (1938)
The Beachcomber (1954)
Hatter's Castle
13. What was Robert Newton's first color film?
The Green Cockatoo
Treasure Island
The High and the Mighty
Yellow Sands
This Happy Breed
14. In which of the following films did he NOT play the romantic lead?
Jamaica Inn
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
Night Boat to Dublin
Dead Men Are Dangerous
15. Which of the following activities did he NOT engage in during his leisure time?
Reciting Shakespeare
16. In his professional life, which of the following was he said to dislike?
Working with animals and children
Playing a pirate
Smoking and swearing on set
Petty authority and people who didn't know their jobs
17. In the remakes of two unrelated films, Robert Newton took on roles previously played by which of his costars?
Laurence Olivier
Wallace Beery
Charles Laughton
Leslie Banks
Leo Genn
18. Which friend and costar of Robert Newton's was given his first big acting break by another actor who played Newton's adversary in four different films?
Charles Laughton
Richard Burton
James Mason
David Niven
John Mills
19. Which of the following actors made the most screen appearances with Robert Newton?
Leslie Banks
James Mason
Elsa Lanchester
Emlyn Williams
Vivien Leigh
20. In which two unrelated films did his characters share a first and last name?
"Soldiers Three" and "Major Barbara"
"They Flew Alone" and "Temptation Harbour"
"Major Barbara" and "Temptation Harbour"
"Oliver Twist" and "Soldiers Three"
"Oliver Twist" and "Major Barbara"

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