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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