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Claude Rains (1889–1967)


William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well, progressing from a page boy... See full bio »

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Known For

Casablanca
Casablanca Captain Louis Renault
(1942)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Senator Joseph Paine
(1939)
Notorious
Notorious Alexander Sebastian
(1946)
The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938)

Filmography

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 1963-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Valentin / Mr. Fare
- Cops and Robbers (1965) ... Valentin
- Something About Lee Wiley (1963) ... Mr. Fare
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
King Herod
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
John Vance
- A Time to Be Silent (1964) ... John Vance
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Edward Fredericks
- Why Won't Anybody Listen? (1964) ... Edward Fredericks
 1963 Twilight of Honor
Art Harper
 1962-1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Baron van der Zost / Colonel
- The Takers (1963) ... Baron van der Zost
- The Outpost (1962) ... Colonel
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Alexander Longford
- Incident of Judgment Day (1963) ... Alexander Longford
 1962 Lawrence of Arabia
Mr. Dryden
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Thonis Jundelin
- Nor Practice Make Perfect (1962) ... Thonis Jundelin
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Judge Daniel Clay
- The Daniel Clay Story (1962) ... Judge Daniel Clay
 1956-1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Leonard Eldridge / Father Amion / Andrew Thurgood / ...
- The Door Without a Key (1962) ... Leonard Eldridge
- The Horse Player (1961) ... Father Amion
- The Diamond Necklace (1959) ... Andrew Thurgood
- The Cream of the Jest (1957) ... Charles Gresham
- And So Died Riabouchinska (1956) ... John Fabian
 1961 Battle of the Worlds
Prof. Benson
 1960 Naked City (TV Series)
John Winfield Weston
- To Walk in Silence (1960) ... John Winfield Weston
 1960 Shangri-La (TV Movie)
High Lama
 1960 The Lost World
Prof. George Edward Challenger
 1960 Mel-O-Toons (TV Series)
Narrator
- David and Goliath (1960) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1959 Once Upon a Christmas Time (TV Movie)
John Woodcutter
 1959 This Earth Is Mine
Philippe Rambeau
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Judge Dan Haywood
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1959) ... Judge Dan Haywood
 1957 The Pied Piper of Hamelin (TV Movie)
Mayor of Hamelin
 1957 On Borrowed Time (TV Movie)
Mr. Brink
 1956 Eye on New York (TV Series)
Dr. Bruner
- Night of the Auk (1956) ... Dr. Bruner
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Creon
- Antigone (1956) ... Creon
 1956 Lisbon
Aristides Mavros
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Paul Westman
- The President (1956) ... Paul Westman
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Narrator
- A Night to Remember (1956) ... Narrator
- A Night to Remember (1956) ... Narrator
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Archer Case (1953)
 1952 The Paris Express
Kees Popinga
 1951 Sealed Cargo
Capt. Skalder
 1950 Where Danger Lives
Frederick Lannington
 1950 The White Tower
Paul Delambre
 1949 Song of Surrender
Elisha Hunt
 1949 Rope of Sand
Arthur Martingale
 1949 The Passionate Friends
Howard Justin
 1947 The Unsuspected
Victor Grandison
 1946 Deception
Alexander Hollenius
 1946 Angel on My Shoulder
Nick
 1946 Notorious
Alexander Sebastian
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Caesar
 1945 This Love of Ours
Joseph Targel
 1945 Strange Holiday
John Stevenson
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Job Skeffington
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Capt. Freycinet
 1943 Phantom of the Opera
Erique Claudin
 1943 Forever and a Day
Ambrose Pomfret
 1942 Casablanca
Captain Louis Renault
 1942 Now, Voyager
Dr. Jaquith
 1942 Moontide
Nutsy
 1942 Kings Row
Dr. Alexander Tower
 1941 The Wolf Man
Sir John Talbot
 1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Mr.Jordan
 1941 Four Mothers
Adam Lemp
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
David Belasco
 1940 The Sea Hawk
Don José Alvarez de Cordoba
 1940 Saturday's Children
Mr. Halevy
 1939 Four Wives
Adam Lemp
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Senator Joseph Paine
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Jim Masters
 1939 Sons of Liberty (Short)
Haym Salomon
 1939 Juarez
Napoléon III
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Detective Phelan
 1938 Four Daughters
Adam Lemp
 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Prince John
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Colonel Ferris
 1938 White Banners
Paul Ward
 1937 They Won't Forget
Andy Griffin
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper
Earl of Hertford
 1937 Stolen Holiday
Stefan Orloff
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Don Luis
 1936 Hearts Divided
Napoleon Bonaparte
 1935 The Last Outpost
John Stevenson
 1935 The Clairvoyant
Maximus
 1935 The Mystery of Edwin Drood
John Jasper
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Paul Verin
 1934 Crime Without Passion
Lee Gentry
 1933 The Invisible Man
Dr. Jack Griffin aka The Invisible Man
 1920 Build Thy House
Clarkis
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Hdydner" / "Messenger" / Lamparenne") in "Miracle at Verdun", produced on Broadway. Drama. Written by Hans Chlumberg. Translated by Julian Leigh. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. Martin Beck Theatre: 16 Mar 1931-Apr 1931 (closing date unknown/49 performances). Cast: Edward Arnold (as "Dr. Paetz"), J.W. Austin (as ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

Often we'd secretly like to do the very things we discipline ourselves against. Isn't that true? Well, here in the movies I can be as mean, as wicked as I want to - and all without hurting anybody. Look at that lovely girl I've just shot! See more »

Trivia:

Although they lived in Pennsylvania, Rains did not want his daughter to have a Pennsylvanian accent. He taught her to pronounce words the way he did, and he was successful. Also, as a young child, she stuttered and Rains' cure for this was for everyone in the house to sing everything they wanted to say, which worked. See more »

Trademark:

Often played sophisticated, sometimes ambiguously moral men See more »

Nickname:

Willy Wains

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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