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|Also Known As:||Charles Aubrey Smith,Sir C Aubrey Smith,Sir Aubrey Smith,Sir C. Aubrey Smith||Died:||December 20, 1948|
|Born:||July 21, 1863||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||London, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
Tall, distinguished stage actor with memorable bushy eyebrows and thick moustache who entered films in 1915 but is best known for his numerous character roles for Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s; often cast as a crusty, blustery upper-class Brit.
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Sir Charles Aubrey Smith, KBE was an English cricketer and actor. . Smith was educated at Charterhouse School and Cambridge University and settled in South Africa to prospect for gold in 1888-89. He married Isabella Wood in 1896. Smith began acting on the London stage in 1895. His first major role was in The Prisoner of Zenda. Forty-one years later, he appeared in the most acclaimed film version of the novel. Smith had a successful career as a character actor playing either officer or gentleman roles. He was also regarded as being the unofficial leader of what would become known as the Hollywood Raj, a select group of British actors who were seen to be colonising the capital of the movie business in the 1930s. Other "members" of this select group were David Niven (whom Smith treated like a son), Ronald Coleman and Patric Knowles. Smith loved playing on his status as Hollywood's "Englishman in Residence". His bushy eyebrows, beady eyes, handlebar moustache and a height of 6'4" made him one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood. He starred alongside such screen legends as leading ladies Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, and actors Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier, and Gary Cooper. He was on the first board of the Screen Actors Guild. He died from pneumonia in Beverly Hills in 1948 and,in accordance with his wishes, his ashes were returned to his beloved England and interred in his mother's grave at St Lawrence Churchyard in Hove, East Sussex.
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