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James David Graham Niven (1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983) was an English actor and novelist who was popular both in Europe and the US.
Niven appeared in nearly a hundred films, and many shows for TV. He also began writing books, with considerable commercial success. In 1982 he appeared in Blake Edwards' final "Pink Panther" films Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, reprising his role as Sir Charles Lytton.
In 1982 Niven fell ill during filming and was diagnosed with a virulent form of motor neurone disease. His health quickly declined and he died in 1983 at age 73, leaving four children and his second wife, the model Hjördis Paulina Tersmeden.