Claude Rains

Actor
Having found limited success as a stage actor in his native England and New York, Claude Rains made a sensational film debut in "The Invisible Man" (1933) and launched a long Hollywood character as a character player ... Read more »
Born: 11/09/1889 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (48)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 (Movie)

Mr Dryden (Actor)

Twilight of Honor 1962 (Movie)

Art Harper (Actor)

Once Upon a Christmas Time 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

Professor Challenger (Actor)

This Earth Is Mine 1958 (Movie)

Philippe Rambeau (Actor)

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Notorious 1946 (Movie)

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Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

Job Skeffington (Actor)

This Love of Ours 1945 (Movie)

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Passage to Marseille 1944 (Movie)

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Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Ambrose Pomfret (Actor)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

Captain Louie Renault (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1942 (Movie)

Enrique Claudin (Actor)

Now, Voyager 1941 (Movie)

Dr Jaquith (Actor)

Kings Row 1940 (Movie)

Dr Alexander Tower (Actor)

The Wolf Man 1940 (Movie)

Sir John Talbot (Actor)

Juarez 1939 (Movie)

Napoleon III (Actor)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

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The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 (Movie)

Prince John (Actor)

Four Daughters 1937 (Movie)

Adam Lemp (Actor)

White Banners 1937 (Movie)

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Anthony Adverse 1935 (Movie)

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Mystery of Edwin Drood 1934 (Movie)

John Jasper (Actor)

The Invisible Man 1932 (Movie)

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Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

The Devil (Actor)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

Julius Caesar (Actor)

Daughters Courageous (Movie)

Jim Masters (Actor)

Four Mothers (Movie)

Adam Lemp (Actor)

Four Wives (Movie)

Adam Lemp (Actor)

Gold Is Where You Find It (Movie)

Col. Ferris (Actor)

Hearts Divided (Movie)

Napoleon (Actor)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Movie)

Mr. Jordan (Actor)

Moontide (Movie)

Nutsy (Actor)

Rope of Sand (Movie)

Arthur Martingale (Actor)

Saturday's Children (Movie)

Mr. Halevy (Actor)

Stolen Holiday (Movie)

Stefan Orloff (Actor)

The Clairvoyant (Movie)

Maximus (Actor)

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

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The Lady with Red Hair (Movie)

David Belasco (Actor)

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (Movie)

Paul Verin (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper (Movie)

Earl of Hertford (Actor)

The Sea Hawk (Movie)

Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba (Actor)

The Unsuspected (Movie)

Alexander Grandison (Actor)

The White Tower (Movie)

Paul DeLambre (Actor)

They Made Me a Criminal (Movie)

Detective Monty Phelan (Actor)

Where Danger Lives (Movie)

Frederick Lannington (Actor)

Biography

Having found limited success as a stage actor in his native England and New York, Claude Rains made a sensational film debut in "The Invisible Man" (1933) and launched a long Hollywood character as a character player whose charm and finely modulated voice graced some of the finest films of the 1930s and 1940s. After another starring turn in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1935), Rains assiduously avoided being typecast in horror films by appearing in the musical "Hearts Divided" (1936), the costume drama "Anthony Adverse," and the romantic drama "Stolen Holiday" (1937), the last being the first of nine films he made with director Michael Curtiz. He went on to co-star in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), before delivering his most iconic performance as the cheerful, but corrupt French police captain Renault in the mother of all classic movies, "Casablanca" (1942). From there, he appeared in a number of acclaimed films like "Now, Voyager" (1942), "Passage to Marseille" (1944), and "Mr. Skeffington" (1944), before delivering another iconic performance as the wanted leader of an underground Nazi movement in Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious" (1946), which earned the actor his fourth Academy Award nomination. Though he appeared in movies of diminishing quality, he ended his career on a high note with major supporting parts in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), underscoring for Rains a career as one of Hollywood's most popular character actors.

Relationships

Rosemary Clark

Wife
Married August 1960 until her death Dec. 31, 1964

Marie Hemingway

Wife

Agi Jambor

Wife

Isabel Jeans Actor

Wife

Frances Propper

Wife

Fred Rains

Father
died on December 12, 1945 at the age of 85

Jennifer Rains

Daughter
mother Frances Propper

Beatrix Thomson

Wife

Milestones

1965

Last feature to perform in, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

1939

First of four Oscar nominations, "Mr Smith Goes to Washington"

1934

Feature film debut, title role in "The Invisible Man"

1926

Became leading player of the Theater Guild

1913

First trip to US

1900

Entered the London stage at age 11

Returned to England and taught at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

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