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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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 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 The White Tower
Paul Delambre
 1949 Rope of Sand
Arthur Martingale
 1947 The Unsuspected
Victor Grandison
 1946 Angel on My Shoulder
 1945 This Love of Ours
Joseph Targel
 1943 Forever and a Day
Ambrose Pomfret
 1942 Moontide
 1942 Kings Row
Dr. Alexander Tower
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Detective Phelan
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Colonel Ferris
 1938 White Banners
Paul Ward
 1937 Stolen Holiday
Stefan Orloff
 1920 Build Thy House
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Stage: Appeared (as "Paul Verin") in "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Jean Bart. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. Broadhurst Theatre: 8 Sep 1932-Oct 1932 (closing date unknown/28 performances). Cast: Rita Agostini, Jean Arthur (as "Adele Verin"), Richard Barrows, William Boren, Richard Bowler (as "French... See more »

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5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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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 »


Herbert Beerbohm Tree recognized Rains' acting talent and paid for the elocution books and lessons he needed due to his poor diction. See more »


Acted with his derisive, bulging eyes See more »


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