Brian Aherne

Brian Aherne

  • Highest Rated: 91% Titanic (1953)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% The Best of Everything (1959)
  • Birthday: May 2, 1902
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Active in amateur theatricals from age three, Briton Brian Aherne studied for his craft at the Italia Conti School, making his professional bow when he was eight. Aherne would later claim that he remained an actor into adulthood (after a tentative stab at becoming an architect) mainly because he liked to sleep until ten in the morning. Successful on stage and screen in England, Aherne came to America in 1931 to appear in the first Broadway production of The Barretts of Wimpole Street. His first Hollywood film was 1933's Song of Songs, in which he appeared with Marlene Dietrich. Free-lancing throughout the 1930s, Aherne established himself as a gentlemanly Britisher who was willing to defend his honor (or someone else's) with his fists if needs be. Many of his roles were secondary, though he played the title role in 1937's The Great Garrick and was starred in a brace of Hal Roach productions in 1938 and 1939 (the actor wasn't crazy about the improvisational attitude at Roach, but he enjoyed the roles). He was Oscar-nominated for his sensitive performance of the doomed Emperor Maximillian in Juarez (1939). In the late 1950s, he put film and TV work aside for a theatrical tour as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Off-camera, Aherne was a licensed pilot and an aspiring writer: he penned a 1969 autobiography, A Proper Job, as well as a biography of his close friend George Sanders, A Dreadful Man. At one point in his life, Aherne was married to Joan Fontaine, but he knew the honeymoon was over when, out of pique, she ripped up a collection of his best reviews. Brian Aherne was the brother of Patrick Ahearne, a character player who showed up in such films as Titanic (1953), The Court Jester (1955) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Rosie! Oliver Stevenson 1967
No Score Yet Sword of Lancelot King Arthur 1963
No Score Yet The Waltz King Johann Strauss 1963
No Score Yet Susan Slade Stanton Corbett 1961
60% The Best of Everything Mr. Shalimar 1959
No Score Yet The Swan Father Hyacinth 1956
No Score Yet Prince Valiant King Arthur 1954
No Score Yet A Bullet Is Waiting David Canham 1954
91% Titanic Capt. E.J. Smith 1953
81% I Confess Willy Robertson 1952
No Score Yet Smart Woman Robert Larrimore 1948
No Score Yet The Locket Dr. Blair 1946
No Score Yet What a Woman! Henry Pepper 1943
No Score Yet First Comes Courage Capt. Allan Lowell 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Jim Trimble 1943
No Score Yet A Night to Remember Jeff Troy 1942
No Score Yet My Sister Eileen Robert Baker 1942
No Score Yet Skylark Jim Blake 1941
No Score Yet Smilin' Through Sir John Carteret 1941
No Score Yet Lady in Question Andre Morestan 1940
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night Dr. Robert S. Prescott 1940
No Score Yet My Son, My Son William Essex 1940
No Score Yet Juarez Maximilian von Habsburg 1939
No Score Yet Merrily We Live Wade Rawlins 1938
No Score Yet The Great Garrick David Garrick 1937
No Score Yet Beloved Enemy Dennis Riordan 1937
90% Sylvia Scarlett Michael Fane 1935
No Score Yet I Live My Life Terence 'Terry' O'Neill 1935
No Score Yet What Every Woman Knows John Shand 1934
No Score Yet I Was a Spy Actor 1934
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph Lewis Dodd 1933
No Score Yet The Song of Songs Richard Waldrow 1933
No Score Yet Underground Bill 1928
No Score Yet Shooting Stars Julian Gordon 1927
No Score Yet A Woman Redeemed Actor 1927

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Valet
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Booth Templeton
  • 1960
  • 1959

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