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Claude Rains

Highest Rated:   100% Kings Row (1942)
Lowest Rated:   13% Anthony Adverse (1936)
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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).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Herod the Great
1965
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor
  • Art Harper
1963
97% 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
78% 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
75% Phantom of the Opera
  • Erique Claudin
1943
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
94% 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
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

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