George Sanders Profile
Constantly working in the 1940s, Sanders also played Nazis (Man Hunt, 1941), royalty (Forever Amber, 1947) and Biblical characters (Samson and Delilah, 1949). Two of his best roles of that decade came in The Moon and Sixpence (1943), as an artist based on Paul Gaugin; and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), as the very decadent Lord Henry Wotton.
Sanders remained active throughout the 1950s, usually cast as a suave villain. In Ivanhoe (1952) he provided memorable menace to Elizabeth Taylor; in Solomon and Sheba (1959) he was Adonijah, the warrior brother of Solomon. The 1960s found him back in British movies including Village of the Damned (1960), in which he shines as the doctor who wins the trust of some very peculiar children. Sanders acted mostly in European films for the remainder of his career. He committed suicide in 1972 after writing a note that began, "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored." Among his four wives were two Gabor sisters, Zsa Zsa and Magda.
The films in TCM's salute to George Sanders are Solomon and Sheba (1959), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and Village of the Damned (1960).
by Roger Fristoe