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Colin Clive (1900–1937)

Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein (1931). Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor Colin Clive - he died at 37 years of age. The son of a... See full bio »

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Bride of Frankenstein
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Mad Love
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 1937 The Woman I Love
Capt. Thelis
 1937 History Is Made at Night
Bruce Vail
 1935 The Widow from Monte Carlo
Lord Eric Reynolds
 1935 Mad Love
Stephen Orlac
 1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue
John Marland
 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
Henry Frankenstein
 1935 The Right to Live
 1935 Clive of India
Capt. Johnstone
 1934 Jane Eyre
Edward Rochester
 1934 One More River
Sir Gerald Corven
 1934 The Key
Capt. Andrew 'Andy' Kerr
 1933 Looking Forward
Geoffrey Fielding
 1933 Christopher Strong
Sir Christopher Strong
 1932 Lily Christine
Rupert Harvey
 1931 The Stronger Sex
Warren Barrington
 1931 Frankenstein
Henry Frankenstein
 1930 Journey's End
Capt. Denis Stanhope
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Footage of him from Frankenstein was featured in a 2003 episode of "Enterprise" (2001) entitled "Horizon." See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »


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Personal Quote:

[to Louis Hayward on the set of "The Woman I Love"] My dear sir, get out of this business. It'll kill you; it'll kill you.


Clive made a comeback of sorts in "Libel," a courtroom thriller directed by Otto Preminger during which he stayed sober until the company celebrated its 100th performance in Philadelphia with a champagne party. Clive joined it and started the downward spiral of his health, which ended in his death the following year. See more »

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