Knowledge Identifier: +Claude_Rains
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1889.
Countries: United States (53%), United Kingdom (24%), (4%)
Linked to: Capitol Records, Columbia Masterworks Records, Universal Studios, NBC
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 travelled to Broadway in the late 1920s to act in leading roles in such plays as Shaw's "The Apple Cart" and in the dramatisations of "The Constant Nymph", and Pearl S. Buck's novel "The Good Earth," as a Chinese farmer
William Lugg - In 1921 Lugg appeared as the Comte de Courson in "The Legion Of Honour" by Baroness Orczy, adapted from her novel "A Sheaf of Bluebells", at the Aldwych Theatre with a young Claude Rains
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - There are hints that he is in disguise, and this theme has been taken up in adaptations of the story which try to solve the mystery: in the 1935 movie production of the story, starring Claude Rains as Jasper, Datchery is Neville Landless in disguise
Ernest Thesiger - When Whale agreed to direct "Bride of Frankenstein" in 1935, he insisted on casting Thesiger as Dr. Septimus Pretorius, instead of the studio's choice of Claude Rains
Rains became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939
In 1949, he appeared in David Lean's "The Passionate Friends"
In 1951, Rains won a Tony award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Darkness at Noon"
Alexander Scourby - The play opened at the Alvin Theatre on January 13, 1951, with Claude Rains playing Rubashov, and ran for 163 performances
Marcel Dalio - In 1955, Dalio was back in America to appear in the poorly-received television series "Casablanca", where he portrayed the Claude Rains character, Captain Renault
Marcel Dalio - In the 1955 US TV series of "Casablanca" he took on the role of Captain Louis Renault, played by Claude Rains in the original film
Agi Jambor - She was married to actor Claude Rains from 1959 to 1960
Playhouse 90 - The ambitious series frequently featured critically acclaimed dramas, including the original television versions of "The Miracle Worker" , and "The Helen Morgan Story" , "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" , and the original television version of "Judgment at Nuremberg", featuring Maximilian Schell in the role he would repeat in the 1961 film, but with an otherwise different cast, including Claude Rains in the Spencer Tracy role
"Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice", a biography by David J. Skal and Rains' daughter Jessica Rains, was published in 2008