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One of my favorites!
Colin Clive is, without a doubt, one of my favorite actors. While not technically the best, he had a style and prescence that takes a hold of you and doesn't let go. His angelic voice is also a plus! His name may be a bit obscure these days but his famous "it's alive!" has immortalized him and rightfully so. No actor back in the day could've delivered the line like he did. Other films I enjoyed with him were Christopher Strong and the Right in Live. I'm a writer and, when I write a male main character (not joking here), I always picture Clive's face and his mannerisms. This is especially true when I write horror. It is such a shame he died so soon. The only actors I would put ahead of him are Marlon Brando, Bela Lugosi and Al Pacino. He was a very talented, handsome yet tormented man who I am proud to be a young fan of!
Always Remembered As Henry Frankenstein
Very touching scene in Son Of Frankenstein when Atwill's Insp Krone and Wolf drink to Henry under Clive's portrait.Read he'd died of liver/kidney failure due to alcoholism.He so wanted to follow in footsteps of famed forebear Clive of India,but broke his leg while at Sandhurst,and coupled with serious injury at sports,put an end of military career.After a 1930s movie,went back home to England,and broke his hip in riding accident.Then injured his leg again during Bride Of Frankenstein,and had been in danger of losing a leg.Has been praised as handsomest actor with the best speaking voice,but can't agree with either statement.Stated by co-stars that when drinking he was Jekyll & Hyde.
On Colin Clive
- Sally Stark
I've been a Clive fan since 1969, and after many years of research have come up with some new information. First of all, his birth date is DEFINITELY 1900. This has been verified in a British genealogy site, by a photo of his birth registration at the British Vice-Consulate in St. Malo. The same site also has the registration for the marriage of his parents. His true name was Colin Glennie Greig, pronounced "Gregg"...and was the eldest child of Colin Philip Greig and Caroline Margaret Lugard Clive. He added the "Clive" name for "theatrical" purposes. Apparently the 1898 birthdate was also created for "theatrical" purposes... to make it more likely that the star of JOURNEY'S END had actual War Service. Mr. Clive was an extremely interesting man, who gave us a handful of quirky and highly indivdualistic performances. There has never been anyone like him, and it is sad that alcoholism and chronic pain took him so early...