Roles turned down by David Niven:
Lost the role intended for him of "Will Scarlett" because he was vacationing in England.
Actor who got the part: Patric Knowles
The debonair Niven would have played "Charlie Allnut" had the movie been made in 1938, as originally planned.
Actor who got the part: Humphrey Bogart
In the project's seminal phases during the early 1980s, David Niven was considered for the role of Alfred the Butler.
David Niven screen tested for the role of poet Percy Shelley in the introductory sequence but was passed over.
Actor who got the part: Douglas Walton
Considered as a very likely candidate to play lecherous novelist Humbert Humbert.
Actor who got the part: James Mason
Tested for the role of the hot-headed brother of the hero, "George Conway."
Actor who got the part: John Howard
One of the stars of director Fred Zinnemann's epic that MGM shut down in 1969 at the very last minute. Three million of the film's eleven million dollar budget had already been spent.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made
David Niven was considered for the part of Maxim de Winter.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier
Did you know that David Niven was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)