Claude Rains

Character Actor / Actor | * 11/10/1889 († 77, 05/30/1967) | Clapham, London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
William Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was a British and American actor whose career spanned almost seven decades. After his American film debut as Dr. Jack Griffin in The Invisible Man (1933), he appeared in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Casablanca (1942), Kings Row (1942), Notorious (1946), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). He was a Tony Award–winning actor and a four-time nominee for the Academy Award for Best S... ()
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Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned 47 years; he later held American citizenship. He was known for many roles in Hollywood films, among them the title role in The Invisible Man (1933), a corrupt senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and, perhaps his most famous performance, Captain Renault in Casablanca (1942).Rains was born William Claude Rains in Camberwell, London on November 10, 1889. He grew up, according to his daughter, with "a very serious cockney accent and a speech impediment". His father was British stage actor Frederick Rains, and the young Rains made his stage debut at 11 in Nell of Old Drury.His acting talents were recognised by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, founder of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tree paid for the elocution lessons Rains needed in order to succeed as an actor. Later, Rains taught at the institution, teaching John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, among others.Rains served in the First World War in the London Scottish Regiment, with fellow actors Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman and Herbert Marshall. Rains was involved in a gas attack that left him nearly blind in one eye for the rest of his life. However, the war did aid his social advancement and, by its end, he had risen from the rank of Private to Captain.Rains began his career in the London theatre, having a success in the title role of John Drinkwater's play Ulysses S. Grant, the follow-up to the playwright's major hit Abraham Lincoln, and traveled to Broadway in the late 1920s to act in leading roles in such plays as Shaw's The Apple Cart and in the dramatizations of The Constant Nymph, and Pearl S. Buck's novel The Good Earth, as a Chinese farmer.Rains came relatively late to film acting and his first screen test was a failure, but his distinctive voice won him the title role in James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933) when someone accidentally overheard his screen test being played in the next room. Rains later credited director Michael Curtiz with teaching him the more understated requirements of film acting, or "what not to do in front of a camera".

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Claude Rains

Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Donaldson Awards 4x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
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Movies with Claude Rains as Actor(75)

as Self (archive footage)2013 Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored
as Self (archive footage)2007 Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman
as Erique Claudin (archive footage)2000 The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
as Self (archive footage)1996 Ingrid Bergman Remembered
as Self (archive footage)1988 James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as (archive footage)1979 The Horror Show
as Art Harper1963 Twilight of Honor
as Mr. Dryden1962 Lawrence of Arabia
as Professor Benson1961 Battle of the Worlds
as Prof. George Edward Challenger1960 The Lost World
as Philippe Rambeau1959 This Earth Is Mine
as Mayor of Hamelin1957 The Pied Piper of Hamelin
as Mr. Brink1957 On Borrowed Time
as Aristides Mavros1956 Lisbon
as Capt. Henrik Skalder1951 Sealed Cargo
as Frederick Lannington1950 Where Danger Lives
as Paul Delambre1950 The White Tower
as Elisha Hunt1949 Song of Surrender
as Arthur 'Fred' Martingale1949 Rope of Sand
as Howard Justin1949 The Passionate Friends
as Victor Grandison1947 The Unsuspected
as Alexander Hollenius1946 Deception
as Alexander Sebastian1946 Notorious
as himself1946 Blow-Ups of 1946
as John Stevenson1945 Strange Holiday
as Joseph Targel1945 This Love of Ours
as Julius Caesar1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
as Job Skeffington1944 Mr. Skeffington
as Captain Freycinet1944 Passage to Marseille
as Erique Claudin1943 Phantom of the Opera
as Ambrose Pomfret1943 Forever and a Day
as Captain Louis Renault1942 Casablanca
as Nutsy1942 Moontide
as Dr. Jaquith1942 Now, Voyager
as Alexander Tower1942 Kings Row
as himself1942 Breakdowns of 1942
as Mr. Jordan1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
as Sir John Talbot1941 The Wolf Man
as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)1941 Breakdowns of 1941
as Adam Lemp1941 Four Mothers
as Don José Alvarez de Cordoba1940 The Sea Hawk
as Mr. Henry Halevy1940 Saturday's Children
as David Belasco1940 Lady with Red Hair
as Joseph Paine1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
as Jim Masters1939 Daughters Courageous
as Adam Lemp1939 Four Wives
as Det. Monty Phelan1939 They Made Me a Criminal
as Haym Salomon1939 Sons of Liberty
as Emperor Louis Napoleon III1939 Juarez
as Adam Lemp1938 Four Daughters
as Paul Ward1938 White Banners
as Prince John1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood
as Colonel Ferris1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
as Claude Rains (archive footage) (uncredited)1938 Breakdowns of 1938
as Earl of Hertford1937 The Prince and the Pauper
as Stefan Orloff1937 Stolen Holiday
as District Attorney Andrew J. Griffin1937 They Won't Forget
as himself1937 Breakdowns of 1937
as himself1936 Breakdowns of 1936
as Marquis Don Luis1936 Anthony Adverse
as Napoleon Bonaparte1936 Hearts Divided
as Jacob Marley (voice) (uncredited)1935 Scrooge
as John Stevenson1935 The Last Outpost
as Maximus1935 The Clairvoyant
as John Jasper1935 The Mystery of Edwin Drood
as Lee Gentry1934 Crime Without Passion
as Dr. Jack Griffin1933 The Invisible Man
as Clarkis1920 Build Thy House

TV Shows/Series with Claude Rains as Actor(13)

as Edward Fredericks1961 Dr. Kildare
as Alexander Longford1959 Rawhide
as John Winfield Weston1958 Naked City
as John Fabian1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
as Alexander Sebastian (archive footage) (uncredited)1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
as Charles Gresham1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
as Andrew Thurgood1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
as Father Amion1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
as Leonard Eldridge1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
as Mr. Brink1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame
as The High Lama1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame
as himself1948 The Ed Sullivan Show

Full Name: Claude Rains
Born: Sunday, 11/10 1889 (November) in Clapham, London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Died: Tuesday, 05/30 1967 (May) in Laconia (aged: 77)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Employer: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Spouses (current/former): Isabel Jeans, Marie Hemingway, Beatrix Thomson, Frances Propper, Agi Jambor, Rosemary Clark Schrode
Father: Fred Rains
Other names for Claude Rains (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"William Claude Rains"
Claude Rains frequently works together with these people:
Hal B. Wallis (17x, Crew)
Martin Balsam (14x, Actor)
Perc Westmore (14x, Crew)
Jack L. Warner (14x, Crew)
Nehemiah Persoff (12x, Actor)
Bette Davis (12x, Actress)
Michael Curtiz (12x, Crew)
Julie Harris (12x, Actress)
Maurice Evans (12x, Actor)
Russell Collins (12x, Actor)
Leo F. Forbstein (12x, Crew)
Humphrey Bogart (11x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:6065, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/21/2024