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Claude Rains (1889–1967)


William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well, progressing from a page ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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 1963 Twilight of Honor
Art Harper
 1961 Il pianeta degli uomini spenti
Prof. Benson
 1959 This Earth Is Mine
Philippe Rambeau
 1956 Lisbon
Aristides Mavros
 1952 The Paris Express
Kees Popinga
 1951 Sealed Cargo
Capt. Skalder
 1950 Where Danger Lives
Mr. Lannington
 1950 The White Tower
Paul DeLambre
 1949 Song of Surrender
Elisha Hunt
 1949 Rope of Sand
Arthur Martingale
 1949 The Passionate Friends
Howard Justin
 1947 The Unsuspected
Victor Grandison
 1946 Deception
Alexander Hollenius
 1946 Angel on My Shoulder
Nick
 1945 This Love of Ours
Joseph Targel
 1945 Strange Holiday
John Stevenson
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Capt. Freycinet
 1943 Forever and a Day
Ambrose Pomfret
 1942 Moontide
Nutsy
 1942 Kings Row
Dr. Alexander Tower
 1940 The Sea Hawk
Don José Alvarez de Cordoba
 1940 Saturday's Children
Mr. Halevy
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Jim Masters
 1939 Sons of Liberty (Short)
Haym Salomon
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Detective Phelan
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Colonel Ferris
 1938 White Banners
Paul Ward
 1937 They Won't Forget
Andy Griffin
 1937 Stolen Holiday
Stefan Orloff
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Don Luis
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Paul Verin
 1920 Build Thy House
Clarkis
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Karl and Anna. Drama. Written by Leonhard Frank. Translated by Ruth Langner. Directed by Philip Moeller. Guild Theatre: 7 Oct 1929- Nov 1929 (closing date unknown/49 performances). Cast: Herbert J. Biberman (as "Sister's Husband"), Alice Brady (as "Anna"), Frank Conroy (as "Richard"), Larry Fletcher (as "Sister's Husband"), ... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

Often we'd secretly like to do the very things we discipline ourselves against. Isn't that true? Well, here in the movies I can be as mean, as wicked as I want to - and all without hurting anybody. Look at that lovely girl I've just shot! See more »

Trivia:

While filming Notorious (1946) with Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman, Hitchcock suggested Rains wear platforms in his shoes as Bergman was very tall. Although embarrassed, Rains agreed to this. One day while Rains was talking to Bergman, Hitchcock came by, lifting Rains' pant leg and revealing his platforms, commenting "The shame of Rains". See more »

Trademark:

Acted with his eyes, unmistakable voice

Nickname:

'Willy Wains'

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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For which performances did he deserve Oscar noms and wins? benjackson18
Fantastic actor, highly under-rated. theinvisibleman59
British nationality, French name? Boromir007
Underrated? laffalott1
Film 'Deception' chrisrolywolfie
He is an exellent actor elmo123654
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