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Also Known As: Died: February 10, 1986
Born: May 2, 1902 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: King's Norton, England, GB Profession: actor

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British born Brian Aherne possessed the attributes that all but guaranteed him a career in motion pictures, in that he was a polished stage performer, came across as a cultured gentleman and was also quite handsome. He first made his name in America as one of the stars of Broadway's "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1931) and was soon gracing such notable features as "Sylvia Scarlett" (1935), "Beloved Enemy" (1936), "The Great Garrick" (1937), and "Juarez" (1939). While he did not generate the same degree of publicity as the major stars of the time, Aherne was a respected actor and reliable box office draw who earned a great deal of money from his film assignments. He continued to appear in gems like "A Night to Remember" (1942), "The Locket" (1946), "I, Confess" (1953), and "The Best of Everything" (1959), but also took breaks to do stage work. These detours usually found him either back on the Great White Way or in touring productions of old standbys like "My Fair Lady," where his interpretation of Professor Henry Higgins proved a hit with audiences. Following his retirement in 1967, he penned sharp and amusing books about his life and that of longtime friend and colleague, George Sanders. While he...

British born Brian Aherne possessed the attributes that all but guaranteed him a career in motion pictures, in that he was a polished stage performer, came across as a cultured gentleman and was also quite handsome. He first made his name in America as one of the stars of Broadway's "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1931) and was soon gracing such notable features as "Sylvia Scarlett" (1935), "Beloved Enemy" (1936), "The Great Garrick" (1937), and "Juarez" (1939). While he did not generate the same degree of publicity as the major stars of the time, Aherne was a respected actor and reliable box office draw who earned a great deal of money from his film assignments. He continued to appear in gems like "A Night to Remember" (1942), "The Locket" (1946), "I, Confess" (1953), and "The Best of Everything" (1959), but also took breaks to do stage work. These detours usually found him either back on the Great White Way or in touring productions of old standbys like "My Fair Lady," where his interpretation of Professor Henry Higgins proved a hit with audiences. Following his retirement in 1967, he penned sharp and amusing books about his life and that of longtime friend and colleague, George Sanders. While he only starred in a handful of classic movies, Aherne was welcomed by audiences of the era for the touches of charm and sophistication that he could be counted on to display in most any role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rosie (1967) Oliver Stevenson
2.
 The Cavern (1965) General Braithwaite
3.
 Sword of Lancelot (1963) King Arthur
4.
 Susan Slade (1961) Stanton Corbett
5.
 The Best of Everything (1959) Mr. Shalimar
6.
 The Swan (1956) Father [Carl] Hyacinth
7.
 A Bullet Is Waiting (1954) David Canham
8.
 Prince Valiant (1954) King Arthur
9.
 Titanic (1953) Capt. E. J. Smith
10.
 I Confess (1953) Willie Robertson
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1910:
British stage acting debut at age eight in a pantomime show with Noel Coward
1924:
First British film, "The Eleventh Commandment"
1931:
Broadway acting debut in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" opposite Katharine Cornell
1933:
Hollywood film acting debut, "Song of Songs"
:
Toured the world in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" revival for servicemen during WWII
1958:
Returned to stage in touring production of "My Fair Lady" as Henry Higgins
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Education

Malvern College: -

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wife:
Joan Fontaine. Actor. Married in 1939; divorced in 1945.
wife:
Eleanor de Liagre Labrot. Married in 1946; New York socialite.

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