Camberwell, London, England, UK
Place of Death
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
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The Invisible Man
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William 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 voice of The Invisible Man, the corrupt senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and perhaps his most-famous performance, the amoral Captain Renault in Casablanca. Rains was born 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 acting talents were recognised by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, founder of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Rains became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939. He married six times. He acquired the 380-acre Stock Grange Farm in West Bradford Township, Pennsylvania just outside West Chester in 1941, and spent much of his time between takes reading up on agricultural techniques. He eventually sold the farm when his marriage to Propper ended in 1956. Rains died from an abdominal hemorrhage in Laconia, New Hampshire on May 30, 1967 at the age of 77. He is interred in the Red Hill Cemetery, Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Claude Rains: An Actor`s Voice, a biography by David J. Skal and Rains` daughter Jessica Rains, was published in 2008.
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William Claude Rains
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William Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English actor of stage and screen whose career spanned 46 years. After his American film debut with The Invisible Man (1933) he played in classic films like The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Casablanca (1942; as Captain Renault), Notorious (1946) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Rains was a four-time nominee for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, but never won.
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Claude Rains died on 30th May, 1967. His last relationship was with Agi Jambor, they were married for 11 months.
During his life he was married to Agi Jambor from 1959 to 1960, Frances Propper from 1935 to 1956, Beatriz Thomas from 1924 to 1935, Marie Hemingway in 1920 and Isabel Jeans from 1913 to 1915.
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