|Claude Rains Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||November 10, 1889|
|Date of Death||May 30, 1967|
Claude Rains was a British actor, theatre artist, and radio personality who is regarded as one of the screen’s great character stars. In a career that spanned almost 7 decades, he was cast in a variety of films such as The Invisible Man, Casablanca, Mr. Skeffington, Build Thy House, The Wolf Man, The Man Who Reclaimed His Head, Notorious, Crime Without Passion, The Prince and the Pauper, The Last Outpost, Angel on My Shoulder, Lawrence of Arabia, The Adventures of Robin Hood, They Made Me a Criminal, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Phantom of the Opera, The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By, and The Greatest Story Ever Told.
William Claude Rains
He was born on November 10, 1889.
On May 30, 1967, Claude Rains died from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 77 in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States.
26 Tregothnan Road, Clapham, London, England, United Kingdom
In his final years, he lived in Sandwich, New Hampshire, United States.
Claude Rains attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), a drama school located in London, England.
Actor, Theatre Artist, Radio Personality
- Father – Frederick William Rains (Stage Actor, Film Director)
- Mother – Emily Eliza (née Cox)
- Siblings – He had 11 siblings but all except 2 of them died of malnutrition as infants.
- Others – Alfred Rains (Paternal Grandfather), Eliza Adelaide Morley (Paternal Grandmother)
5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Claude Rains had dated –
- Isabel Jeans (1913-1915) – He was married to stage and film actor Isabel Jeans from 1913 to 1915.
- Marie Hemingway (1920) – He then married Marie Hemingway in 1920 but the marriage was short-lived and they divorced the same year.
- Beatrix Thomson (1924-1935) – In 1924, he married his 3rd wife, stage actor Beatrix Thomson. The marriage ended in divorce in 1935.
- Frances Propper (1935-1956) – He tied the knot with Frances Propper in 1935 and they had a daughter named Jennifer (Claude Rains’ only child). Claude and Frances divorced in 1956.
- Agi Jambor (1959-1960) – He then married classical pianist Agi Jambor in 1959 but this marriage also ended in 1960.
- Rosemary Clark Schrode (1960-1964) – He was married to his 6th wife Rosemary Clark Schrode from 1960 until her death in 1964.
Race / Ethnicity
Claude Rains was of English descent.
Salt and Pepper
- Baritone voice
- Frequently played sophisticated, sometimes ambiguously moral men
Claude Rains Facts
- Growing up, his family struggled financially and he lived in the slums of London.
- Claude Rains grew up with a speech impediment.
- He was 10 years old when he made his stage debut in the play titled Sweet Nell of Old Drury at the Haymarket Theatre. He subsequently became a call boy (telling actors when they were due on stage) at His Majesty’s Theatre and later went on to become a prompter, stage manager, and understudy.
- Owing to the opportunities that were present in the New York theatres, Claude Rains shifted to the United States in 1912 but returned to England at the outbreak of World War I in 1914 in order to serve in the London Scottish Regiment (alongside fellow actors Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman, Herbert Marshall, and Cedric Hardwicke). During this time, he was involved in a gas attack at Vimy, France in November 1916 and that resulted in his permanently losing 90 percent of the vision in his right eye as well as suffering vocal cord damage.
- Following the incident at Vimy, he did not return to combat but continued to serve with the Bedfordshire Regiment and had risen to the rank of captain by the end of the war.
- On February 8, 1960, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6400 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
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