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Claude Rains

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".


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Born:
Nov 10, 1889 In Clapham, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
65
First Appeared:
In the movie The Invisible Man 1933-11-03
Latest Project:
Movie Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored 2013-01-29
Known For
Poster of Twilight of Honor
Poster of Battle of the Worlds

Claude Rains Movies Filmography

Movie
Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored
Himself (archive footage) 2013-01-29
Movie
Ingrid Bergman Remembered
1996-04-06
Movie
James Stewart's Wonderful Life
(archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie
The Greatest Story Ever Told
King Herod 1965-02-15
Movie
Twilight of Honor
Art Harper 1963-11-13
Movie
Lawrence of Arabia
Mr. Dryden 1962-12-11
Series
Dr. Kildare
Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie
Battle of the Worlds
Professor Benson 1961-03-01
Movie
The Lost World
Prof. George Edward Challenger 1960-07-13
Movie
This Earth Is Mine
Philippe Rambeau 1959-06-26
Series
Rawhide
Unknown 1959-01-09
Series
Naked City
Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie
Lisbon
Aristides Mavros 1956-08-17
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
John Fabian 1955-10-02
Movie
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
Kees Popinga 1952-12-01
Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie
Sealed Cargo
Capt. Henrik Skalder 1951-05-19
Movie
Where Danger Lives
Frederick Lannington 1950-11-16
Movie
The White Tower
Paul Delambre 1950-06-24
Movie
Rope of Sand
Arthur 'Fred' Martingale 1949-08-03
Movie
The Passionate Friends
Howard Justin 1949-01-26
Series
The Ed Sullivan Show
Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie
The Unsuspected
Victor Grandison 1947-10-11
Movie
Deception
Alexander Hollenius 1946-10-26
Movie
Angel on My Shoulder
Nick 1946-09-20
Movie
Notorious
Alexander Sebastian 1946-08-21
Movie
Caesar and Cleopatra
Julius Caesar 1945-12-11
Movie
This Love of Ours
Joseph Targel 1945-11-02
Movie
Mr. Skeffington
Job Skeffington 1944-05-25
Movie
Passage to Marseille
Captain Freycinet 1944-02-16
Movie
Forever and a Day
Ambrose Pomfret 1943-01-21
Movie
Phantom of the Opera
Erique Claudin 1943-08-12
Movie
Now, Voyager
Dr. Jaquith 1942-10-22
Movie
Moontide
Nutsy 1942-05-29
Movie
Kings Row
Alexander Tower 1942-02-02
Movie
Breakdowns of 1942
Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie
Casablanca
Captain Louis Renault 1942-11-26
Movie
The Wolf Man
Sir John Talbot 1941-12-12
Movie
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Mr. Jordan 1941-08-07
Movie
Four Mothers
Adam Lemp 1941-01-04
Movie
Lady with Red Hair
David Belasco 1940-11-30
Movie
The Sea Hawk
Don José Alvarez de Cordoba 1940-08-10
Movie
Saturday's Children
Mr. Henry Halevy 1940-05-04
Movie
Juarez
Emperor Louis Napoleon III 1939-06-10
Movie
They Made Me a Criminal
Det. Monty Phelan 1939-01-21
Movie
Daughters Courageous
Jim Masters 1939-06-23
Movie
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Joseph Paine 1939-10-19
Movie
Four Wives
Adam Lemp 1939-12-22
Movie
Four Daughters
Adam Lemp 1938-08-09
Movie
White Banners
Paul Ward 1938-06-23
Movie
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Prince John 1938-05-13
Movie
Gold Is Where You Find It
Colonel Ferris 1938-02-12
Movie
Breakdowns of 1938
Himself 1938-02-07
Movie
Stolen Holiday
Stefan Orloff 1937-02-06
Movie
The Prince and the Pauper
Earl of Hertford 1937-04-30
Movie
They Won't Forget
District Attorney Andrew J. Griffin 1937-07-14
Movie
Breakdowns of 1936
Himself 1936-12-30
Movie
Anthony Adverse
Marquis Don Luis 1936-08-29
Movie
Scrooge
Jacob Marley (voice) 1935-11-26
Movie
The Last Outpost
John Stevenson 1935-10-11
Movie
The Clairvoyant
Maximus 1935-06-07
Movie
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Paul Verin 1934-12-24
Movie
Crime without Passion
Lee Gentry 1934-08-30
Movie
The Invisible Man
Jack "The Invisible Man" Griffin 1933-11-03

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