Claude Rains

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1889-11-10

Place of Birth
Clapham, London, England, UK

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Claude Rains

Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned 47 years; he later held American citizenship. He was known for many roles in Hollywood films, among them the title role in The Invisible Man (1933), a corrupt senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and, perhaps his most famous performance, Captain Renault in Casablanca (1942).

Rains was born William Claude Rains in Camberwell, London on November 10, 1889. He grew up, according to his daughter, with "a very serious cockney accent and a speech impediment". His father was British stage actor Frederick Rains, and the young Rains made his stage debut at 11 in Nell of Old Drury.

His acting talents were recognised by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, founder of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tree paid for the elocution lessons Rains needed in order to succeed as an actor. Later, Rains taught at the institution, teaching John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, among others.

Rains served in the First World War in the London Scottish Regiment, with fellow actors Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman and Herbert Marshall. Rains was involved in a gas attack that left him nearly blind in one eye for the rest of his life. However, the war did aid his social advancement and, by its end, he had risen from the rank of Private to Captain.

Rains began his career in the London theatre, having a success in the title role of John Drinkwater's play Ulysses S. Grant, the follow-up to the playwright's major hit Abraham Lincoln, and traveled to Broadway in the late 1920s to act in leading roles in such plays as Shaw's The Apple Cart and in the dramatizations of The Constant Nymph, and Pearl S. Buck's novel The Good Earth, as a Chinese farmer.

Rains came relatively late to film acting and his first screen test was a failure, but his distinctive voice won him the title role in James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933) when someone accidentally overheard his screen test being played in the next room. Rains later credited director Michael Curtiz with teaching him the more understated requirements of film acting, or "what not to do in front of a camera".

1961
Battle of the Worlds
5.4
1946
Caesar and Cleopatra
6.6
1934
Crime Without Passion
5.4
1953
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
6.6
1935
The Clairvoyant
5.8
1938
Four Daughters
6.8
1937
They Won't Forget
5.1
1935
Mystery of Edwin Drood
5.9
1938
White Banners
6.0
1945
Strange Holiday
5.0
1941
Four Mothers
7.0
1934
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
0.0
1933
The Invisible Man
7.5
1947
The Unsuspected
6.7
1937
The Prince and the Pauper
6.5
1944
Mr. Skeffington
6.8
1944
Passage to Marseille
6.7
1949
The Passionate Friends
7.2
1940
Lady with Red Hair
6.3
1939
Daughters Courageous
6.2
1957
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
6.0
1937
Stolen Holiday
7.5
1945
This Love of Ours
6.0
1939
Sons of Liberty
6.0
1949
Song of Surrender
0.0
1937
Breakdowns of 1937
6.0
1946
Notorious
7.9
1939
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
8.0
1950
Where Danger Lives
6.2
1946
Angel on My Shoulder
5.9
1946
Deception
6.9
1942
Now, Voyager
7.6
1940
The Sea Hawk
7.4
1939
They Made Me a Criminal
6.6
1941
The Wolf Man
7.1
1949
Rope of Sand
5.6
1943
Phantom of the Opera
6.1
1941
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
7.0
1950
The White Tower
5.6
1935
The Last Outpost
8.0
1940
Saturday's Children
6.8
1963
Twilight of Honor
7.5
1936
Hearts Divided
4.0
1951
Sealed Cargo
6.6
1956
Lisbon
6.0
1938
Gold Is Where You Find It
7.6
1960
The Lost World
5.5
1938
The Adventures of Robin Hood
7.6
1942
Moontide
6.5
1939
Juarez
6.6
1959
This Earth Is Mine
7.8
1942
Casablanca
8.1
1939
Four Wives
5.7
1936
Anthony Adverse
5.8
1942
Kings Row
6.9
1996
Ingrid Bergman Remembered
7.3
1962
Lawrence of Arabia
8.0
2013
Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored
6.8
1943
Forever and a Day
8.0
1946
Blow-Ups of 1946
6.0
1965
The Greatest Story Ever Told
6.4
1941
Breakdowns of 1941
0.0
1936
Breakdowns of 1936
0.0
1942
Breakdowns of 1942
0.0
1938
Breakdowns of 1938
3.0
1988
James Stewart's Wonderful Life
0.0
1983
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
6.5