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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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 1963-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Valentin / Mr. Fare
- Cops and Robbers (1965) ... Valentin
- Something About Lee Wiley (1963) ... Mr. Fare
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
John Vance
- A Time to Be Silent (1964) ... John Vance
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Edward Fredericks
- Why Won't Anybody Listen? (1964) ... Edward Fredericks
 1963 Twilight of Honor
Art Harper
 1962-1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Baron van der Zost / Colonel
- The Takers (1963) ... Baron van der Zost
- The Outpost (1962) ... Colonel
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Alexander Longford
- Incident of Judgment Day (1963) ... Alexander Longford
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Thonis Jundelin
- Nor Practice Make Perfect (1962) ... Thonis Jundelin
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Judge Daniel Clay
- The Daniel Clay Story (1962) ... Judge Daniel Clay
 1956-1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Leonard Eldridge / Father Amion / Andrew Thurgood / ...
- The Door Without a Key (1962) ... Leonard Eldridge
- The Horse Player (1961) ... Father Amion
- The Diamond Necklace (1959) ... Andrew Thurgood
- The Cream of the Jest (1957) ... Charles Gresham
 1961 Il pianeta degli uomini spenti
Prof. Benson
 1960 Naked City (TV Series)
John Winfield Weston
- To Walk in Silence (1960) ... John Winfield Weston
 1960 Shangri-La (TV Movie)
High Lama
 1960 Mel-O-Toons (TV Series)
- David and Goliath (1960) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1959 Once Upon a Christmas Time (TV Movie)
John Woodcutter
 1959 This Earth Is Mine
Philippe Rambeau
 1957 On Borrowed Time (TV Movie)
Mr. Brink
 1956 Eye on New York (TV Series)
Dr. Bruner
- Night of the Auk (1956) ... Dr. Bruner
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- Antigone (1956) ... Creon
 1956 Lisbon
Aristides Mavros
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Paul Westman
- The President (1956) ... Paul Westman
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- A Night to Remember (1956) ... Narrator
- A Night to Remember (1956) ... Narrator
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Archer Case (1953)
 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 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
 1938 Breakdowns of 1938 (Short)
Claude Rains(White Banners outtakes) (uncredited)
 1937 Stolen Holiday
Stefan Orloff
 1920 Build Thy House
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Stage: Appeared (as "First Prisoner") in "Karl and Anna" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Leonhard Frank. Translated by 'Ruth Langner' (qav). 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 ... See more »

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I learn the lines and pray to God. See more »


Along with Vanessa Redgrave (for Julia (1977)), Kate Winslet (for Iris (2000), Mare Winningham (for Georgia (1995)) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (for _The Master (2012)), he is one of the few performers to be nominated for a Supporting Oscar (for Mr. Skeffington (1944)) for playing the title role in a movie. As of 2013, Redgrave is the only one to win. See more »


Unmistakable baritone voice See more »


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