Claude Rains

Highest Rated: 100% Kings Row (1942)
Lowest Rated: 13% Anthony Adverse (1936)
Birthday: Nov 10, 1889
Birthplace: London, England
The son of British stage actor Frederick Rains, Claude Rains gave his first theatrical performance at age 11 in Nell of Old Drury. He learned the technical end of the business by working his way up from being a two-dollars-a-week page boy to stage manager. After making his first U.S. appearance in 1913, Rains returned to England, served in the Scottish regiment during WWI, then established himself as a leading actor in the postwar years. He was also featured in one obscure British silent film, Build Thy House. During the 1920s, Rains was a member of the teaching staff at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; among his pupils were a young sprout named Laurence Olivier and a lovely lass named Isabel Jeans, who became the first of Rains' six wives. While performing with the Theatre Guild in New York in 1932, Rains filmed a screen test for Universal Pictures. On the basis of his voice alone, the actor was engaged by Universal director James Whale to make his talking-picture debut in the title role of The Invisible Man (1933). During his subsequent years at Warner Bros., the mellifluous-voiced Rains became one of the studio's busiest and most versatile character players, at his best when playing cultured villains. Though surprisingly never a recipient of an Academy award, Rains was Oscar-nominated for his performances as the "bought" Senator Paine in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the title character in Mr. Skeffington (1944), the Nazi husband of Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946), and, best of all, the cheerfully corrupt Inspector Renault in Casablanca (1942). In 1946, Rains became one of the first film actors to demand and receive one million dollars for a single picture; the role was Julius Caesar, and the picture Caesar and Cleopatra. He made a triumphant return to Broadway in 1951's Darkness at Noon. In his last two decades, Claude Rains made occasional forays into television (notably on Alfred Hitchcock Presents) and continued to play choice character roles in big-budget films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).


Highest Rated Movies



40% The Greatest Story Ever Told Herod the Great 1965
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor Art Harper 1963
98% Lawrence of Arabia Mr. Dryden 1962
No Score Yet Il Pianeta degli uomini spenti (Battle of the Worlds) (Planet of the Lifeless Men) Professor Benson 1961
No Score Yet The Lost World George Edward Challenger 1960
No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine Actor 1959
No Score Yet The Pied Piper of Hamelin Mayor of Hamelin 1957
No Score Yet Lisbon Aristides Mavros 1956
No Score Yet The Man Who Watched Trains Go By Actor 1953
No Score Yet Paris Express Kees Popinga 1952
No Score Yet Sealed Cargo Capt. Skalder 1951
No Score Yet Where Danger Lives Frederick Lannington 1950
No Score Yet The White Tower Paul DeLambre 1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand Arthur Martingale 1949
73% The Passionate Friends Howard Justin 1948
No Score Yet The Unsuspected Victor Grandison 1947
No Score Yet Deception Alexander Hollenius 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Nick 1946
97% Notorious Alex 1946
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra Julius Caesar 1945
50% Mr. Skeffington Job Skeffington 1944
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille Capt. Freycinet 1944
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Ambrose Pomfret 1943
97% Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault 1942
91% Now, Voyager Dr. Jaquith 1942
100% Kings Row Dr. Alexander Tower 1942
No Score Yet Moontide Nutsy 1942
94% The Wolf Man Sir John Talbot 1941
No Score Yet Four Mothers Adam Lemp 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Mr. Jordan 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair David Belasco 1940
100% The Sea Hawk Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba 1940
No Score Yet Four Wives Adam Lemp 1939
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sen. Joseph Harrison Paine 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Napoleon III 1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal Det. Monty Phelan 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
100% Four Daughters Adam Lemp 1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Col. Ferris 1938
No Score Yet White Banners Paul Ward 1938
No Score Yet They Won't Forget Andy Griffin 1937
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper Earl of Hertford 1937
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte 1936
13% Anthony Adverse Don Luis 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outpost John Stevenson 1935
No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood John Jasper 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Paul Verin 1934
No Score Yet Crime Without Passion Lee Gentry 1934
No Score Yet The Clairvoyant (The Evil Mind) Maximus 1934
100% The Invisible Man The Invisible Man 1933


No Score Yet Rawhide
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Andrew Thurgood Amnesiac Father Amion Fabian Charles Gresham
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1959
  • 1957
  • 1956