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David Lean Height, Weight, Age, Spouse, Biography

David Lean Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 74 kg
Date of Birth March 25, 1908
Zodiac Sign Aries
Date of Death April 16, 1991

David Lean was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor who is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in British cinema. He directed films such as Doctor Zhivago, Great ExpectationsOliver TwistLawrence of ArabiaA Passage to IndiaThe Bridge on the River KwaiThe Passionate FriendsIn Which We ServeHobson’s Choice, This Happy Breed, Lost and Found: The Story of Cook’s Anchor, Brief Encounter, Summertime, and Ryan’s Daughter. He was nominated 7 times for the Academy Award for “Best Director” and won twice for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. David Lean was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1990. In 2002, he was ranked as the 9th greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute Sight & Sound “Directors’ Top Directors” poll.

Born Name

David Lean

Nick Name


David Lean as seen in 1952
David Lean as seen in 1952 (Harry Pot / Anefo / Dutch National Archives / Public Domain)


He was born on March 25, 1908.


On April 16, 1991, he died of throat cancer at the age of 83 in Limehouse, London, England, United Kingdom.

Resting Place

Putney Vale Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Born Place

38 Blenheim Crescent, South Croydon, Surrey (later part of Greater London), England, United Kingdom


He resided in Limehouse, East London, England, United Kingdom.





David Lean attended Leighton Park School, a Quaker-founded co-educational private school located in Reading in South East England. He was 18 years old when he left school in the Christmas Term of 1926.


Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor


  • Father – Francis William le Blount Lean
  • Mother – Helena Annie (née Tangye) Lean
  • Siblings – Edward Tangye Lean (February 23, 1911 – October 28, 1974) (Younger Brother) (Author, Original founder of the Inklings literary club in Oxford)




6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm


74 kg or 163 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

David Lean had dated –

  1. Isabel Lean (1930-1936)​ – He married his first wife Isabel Lean on June 28, 1930, and they had a son named Peter Lean. The couple divorced in 1936.
  2. Kay Walsh (1936-1949)​ – David Lean first met actor, dancer, and screenwriter Kay Walsh during the filming of Secret of Stamboul in 1936 and they eventually started going out. She broke off her engagement to Pownoll Pellew (later 9th Viscount Exmouth) and married Lean on November 23, 1940. They later divorced in 1949 on grounds of infidelity on Lean’s side owing to his relationship with actor Ann Todd.
  3. Ann Todd (1949-1957)​ – On May 21, 1949, he married actor and stage artist Ann Todd and she starred in his films – The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950), and The Sound Barrier (1952). The marriage ended in divorce on July 15, 1957.
  4. Leila Matkar (1960-1978)​ – David Lean was married to Leila Matkar from July 4, 1960, to 1978. She hailed from Hyderabad, India and this was Lean’s longest-lasting marriage.
  5. Barbara Cole (1961-1966) – Reportedly, he was romantically involved with Barbara Cole from 1961 to 1966.
  6. Sandra Hotz (1981-1984)​ – He married Sandra Hotz on October 28, 1981, and they divorced in 1984.
  7. Sandra Cooke (1990-1991) – On December 15, 1990, David Lean married his last wife Sandra Cooke and they remained together until his death the following year.

Race / Ethnicity


David Lean as seen in Northern Finland while shooting 'Doctor Zhivago' in 1965
David Lean as seen in Northern Finland while shooting ‘Doctor Zhivago’ in 1965 (Kalervo Manninen / Suomen Kuvalehti 1965 / Public Domain)

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features


He was raised in a Christian household.

David Lean Favorite Things

  • Personal Favorite Of All His Films – Summertime (1955)
  • Female Actor Katharine Hepburn


David Lean Facts

  1. His parents were Quakers.
  2. After quitting school, David Lean worked as an apprentice at his father’s chartered accountancy firm.
  3. His father deserted the family in 1923.
  4. For his contributions and services to the arts, David Lean was awarded the CBE in the Coronation Honours List of 1953.
  5. Filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese have credited David Lean as one of their primary influences. He has also been an influence on many other noted filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Spike LeePaul Thomas Anderson, and Guillermo del Toro.
  6. He has 7 films in the British Film Institute’s Top 100 British Films (with 3 of them being in the top 5).

Featured Image by Harry Pot / Anefo / Dutch National Archives / Public Domain

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