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Also Known As: George Brendan Nolan Died: May 26, 1979
Born: March 15, 1904 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ireland Profession: actor

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Gentlemanly Broadway lead who made his screen debut in "Under Suspicion" (1930). Initially a slightly tough talking New York type, Brent proved an effective romantic foil to a wide variety of dominant female stars of the 1930s and 40s, most notably at Warner Brothers, where he was tenured from 1932 to 1942. Capable of playing the strong but silent type, or the urbane and cynical, Brent often spent his screen time desiring his leading lady or being pursued by her. His playing was invariably professional and amiable if not dynamic or idiosyncratic, and so he proved a natural in "women's films" in which the focus was securely on a more galvanizing female actor who was a bigger star. Among his female paramours over the years were Bebe Daniels ("42nd Street," 1933), Greta Garbo ("The Painted Veil," 1934), Ginger Rogers ("In Person," 1935), Myrna Loy ("The Rains Came," 1939), Barbara Stanwyck ("My Reputation," 1946), and Claudette Colbert ("Bride for Sale," 1949).

Gentlemanly Broadway lead who made his screen debut in "Under Suspicion" (1930). Initially a slightly tough talking New York type, Brent proved an effective romantic foil to a wide variety of dominant female stars of the 1930s and 40s, most notably at Warner Brothers, where he was tenured from 1932 to 1942. Capable of playing the strong but silent type, or the urbane and cynical, Brent often spent his screen time desiring his leading lady or being pursued by her. His playing was invariably professional and amiable if not dynamic or idiosyncratic, and so he proved a natural in "women's films" in which the focus was securely on a more galvanizing female actor who was a bigger star. Among his female paramours over the years were Bebe Daniels ("42nd Street," 1933), Greta Garbo ("The Painted Veil," 1934), Ginger Rogers ("In Person," 1935), Myrna Loy ("The Rains Came," 1939), Barbara Stanwyck ("My Reputation," 1946), and Claudette Colbert ("Bride for Sale," 1949).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Born Again (1978) Judge Gerhard Gesell
2.
 Mexican Manhunt (1953) David L. Brady
3.
 Tangier Incident (1953) Steve Gordon
4.
 Man Bait (1952) John Harman
5.
 Montana Belle (1952) Tom Bradfield
6.
 F.B.I. Girl (1951) Jeff Donley
7.
 Bride for Sale (1949) Paul Martin
8.
 Red Canyon (1949) Mathew Bostel
9.
 Illegal Entry (1949) Dan Collins
10.
 The Kid from Cleveland (1949) Mike Jackson
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1931:
Film debut in "Under Suspicion"
1932:
Joined Warner Brothers
1942:
Left Warner Brothers
1953:
Left filmmaking
1978:
One-shot return to film acting, "Born Again"
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wife:
Ruth Chatterton. Actor. Married on August 13, 1932; divorced on October 4, 1934.
wife:
Constance Worth. Actor. Briefly married and divorced in 1937.
wife:
Ann Sheridan. Actor. Married in 1942; divorced in 1943.

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sister:
Peggy Watson. Married Broadway producer Sam Harris (who was thirty years her senior) in 1939.

Contributions

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Source: "The Debonairs" by James Robert Parish and Don Stanke

George Brent was married to former model Janet Michaels from December 17, 1947 until her death from cancer, March 23, 1974. They had two children, Barry and Suzanne.

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