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Also Known As: Died: May 30, 1967
Born: November 10, 1889 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Having found limited success as a stage actor in his native England and New York, Claude Rains made a sensational film debut in "The Invisible Man" (1933) and launched a long Hollywood character as a character player whose charm and finely modulated voice graced some of the finest films of the 1930s and 1940s. After another starring turn in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1935), Rains assiduously avoided being typecast in horror films by appearing in the musical "Hearts Divided" (1936), the costume drama "Anthony Adverse," and the romantic drama "Stolen Holiday" (1937), the last being the first of nine films he made with director Michael Curtiz. He went on to co-star in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), before delivering his most iconic performance as the cheerful, but corrupt French police captain Renault in the mother of all classic movies, "Casablanca" (1942). From there, he appeared in a number of acclaimed films like "Now, Voyager" (1942), "Passage to Marseille" (1944), and "Mr. Skeffington" (1944), before delivering another iconic performance as the wanted leader of an underground Nazi movement in Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious" (1946), which earned...

Having found limited success as a stage actor in his native England and New York, Claude Rains made a sensational film debut in "The Invisible Man" (1933) and launched a long Hollywood character as a character player whose charm and finely modulated voice graced some of the finest films of the 1930s and 1940s. After another starring turn in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1935), Rains assiduously avoided being typecast in horror films by appearing in the musical "Hearts Divided" (1936), the costume drama "Anthony Adverse," and the romantic drama "Stolen Holiday" (1937), the last being the first of nine films he made with director Michael Curtiz. He went on to co-star in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), before delivering his most iconic performance as the cheerful, but corrupt French police captain Renault in the mother of all classic movies, "Casablanca" (1942). From there, he appeared in a number of acclaimed films like "Now, Voyager" (1942), "Passage to Marseille" (1944), and "Mr. Skeffington" (1944), before delivering another iconic performance as the wanted leader of an underground Nazi movement in Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious" (1946), which earned the actor his fourth Academy Award nomination. Though he appeared in movies of diminishing quality, he ended his career on a high note with major supporting parts in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), underscoring for Rains a career as one of Hollywood's most popular character actors.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Herod the Great
2.
 Twilight of Honor (1963) Art Harper
3.
 Battle of the Worlds (1963) Prof. Benjamin Benson
4.
 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Mr. Dryden
5.
 The Lost World (1960) Professor George Edward Challenger
6.
 This Earth Is Mine (1959) Jean Philippe Rambeau
7.
 Lisbon (1956) Aristides Mavros
8.
 Paris Express (1953) Kees Popinga
9.
 Sealed Cargo (1951) Eric Skalder
10.
 The White Tower (1950) Paul Delambre
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1900:
Entered the London stage at age 11
1913:
First trip to US
:
Returned to England and taught at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
1926:
Became leading player of the Theater Guild
1934:
Feature film debut, title role in "The Invisible Man"
1939:
First of four Oscar nominations, "Mr Smith Goes to Washington"
1965:
Last feature to perform in, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
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wife:
Isabel Jeans. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Marie Hemingway.
wife:
Beatrix Lindsay Thomas.
wife:
Frances Propper. Mother of Rains' daughter Jennifer.
wife:
Agi Jambor.
wife:
Rosemary Clark. Died in 1964.
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father:
Fred Rains. Actor. Died on December 12, 1945 at the age of 85.
daughter:
Jennifer Rains. Mother Frances Propper.

Contributions

ED ( 2007-10-12 )

Source: Claude Rains: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference by John T. Soister

Claude Rains' daughter is named Jessica, not Jennifer.

ClaudeRains ( 2008-06-05 )

Source: not available

Yes, but she was named Jennifer Rains when she was born in 1938. She changed her name to Jessica when she became an adult.

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