George Arliss

Actor, Author, Playwright
August London and New York stage performer who entered films in 1921 and specialized in playing the great historical figures--such as "Disraeli" (1921 and 1929), "Alexander Hamilton" (1931), "Voltaire" (1933), and ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1868 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (12)

His Lordship 1935 (Movie)

Lord Duncaster (Actor)

The Green Goddess 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alexander Hamilton (Movie)

Alexander Hamilton (Actor)

Cardinal Richelieu (Movie)

Cardinal Richelieu (Actor)

Disraeli (Movie)

Disraeli (Actor)

Doctor Syn (Movie)

Dr. Syn (Actor)

Old English (Movie)

Sylvanus Heythorp (Actor)

The House of Rothschild (Movie)

Mayer Rothschild (Actor)

The Iron Duke (Movie)

Duke of Wellington (Actor)

The King's Vacation (Movie)

Phillip (Actor)

The Last Gentleman (Movie)

Cabot Barr (Actor)

The Man Who Played God (Movie)

Montgomery Royle (Actor)
Writer (1)

Alexander Hamilton (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Biography

August London and New York stage performer who entered films in 1921 and specialized in playing the great historical figures--such as "Disraeli" (1921 and 1929), "Alexander Hamilton" (1931), "Voltaire" (1933), and "Cardinal Richelieu" (1935)--that had made him famous in the theater. Known as "The First Gentleman of the Screen" in the 1930s, Arliss occasionally appeared with his wife, Florence Montgomery Arliss; their son Leslie was a screenwriter and director.

Relationships

Florence Arliss

Wife
born 1873, died in Lomdon, February 5, 1946 appeared in supporting roles in several of her husband's films, for example as Lady Beaconsfield in both the silent and sound versions of "Disraeli" Arliss retired to care for her after she went blind

Leslie Arliss

Son

William Arliss-Andrews

Father

Milestones

1937

Last film, "Dr. Syn", made in England

1929

Returned to film after six years to make talkie debut in title role of "Disraeli" (which he had filmed previously in 1921)

1928

Last formal stage appearance, "What Shall It Profit?" (Which he co-wrote)

1924

Returned to American stage

1923

Triumphant return to London stage in "The Green Goddess" after 22 years in America (date approximate)

1923

Became first president of the Episcopal Actors Guild in New York; held position for 15 years

1920

First major film role, recreating stage role in "The Devil"

1910

First created most famous role, "Disraeli" (date approximate)

1902

Successful Broadway debut opposite Campbell in Shaw's "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray"

1900

First starring role on London stage opposite Mrs. Patrick Campbell in "Mr & Mrs Daventry"

1890

First West End appearance (bit), "Across Her Path"

Began with the Elephant and Castle theater; reportedly on stage for almost a year before given a line to speak; first part in "Vidocq"

Bonus Trivia

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Received honorary degree from Columbia University in 1919

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Plays written by Arliss include "The Wild Rabbit," "There and Back," "Widow's Weeds," "The West End" (with Sir George Dance), "Hamilton" (with Mrs. Hamlin), and "What Shall It Profit?" (with Brander Matthews).

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