Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donalds parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donalds sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark. Family memories state that Donalds brother-in-law James Needham (Louisas husband) lent/gave Donald the fare to USA. The family have a photo of Donald which he sent to Jimmy and signed. On 16th February 1937 Donald applied for a US Social Security account number giving his address as N Vista Street Hollywood California, and his employers Warner Brothers Pictures Burbank California. On his application Donald did not know his mothers maiden name.