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Brian Aherne



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet A Woman Redeemed
  • Actor
2012
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
89% Titanic
  • Capt. E.J. Smith
1953
80% I Confess
  • Willy Robertson
1952
No Score Yet The Locket
  • Dr. Blair
1946
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
88% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Booth Templeton

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