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Birth information

3 July 1906 St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]

Death information

25 April 1972 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Given Name

George Henry Sanders

How tall is George Sanders?

1.9 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Magda Gabor
Benita Hume
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Susan Larson

Life Story of George Sanders

George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936, was as Curly Randall in Find the Lady (1936). His U.S. debut, the same year, with Twentieth Century-Fox, was as Lord Everett Stacy in Lloyds of London (1936). During the late 1930s and early 1940s he made a number of movies as Simon Templar--the Saint--and as Gay Lawrence, the Falcon. He played Nazis (Maj. Quive-Smith in Fritz Lang's Man Hunt (1941)), royalty (Charles II in Otto Preminger's Forever Amber (1947)), and biblical roles (Saran of Gaza in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949)). He won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as theatre critic Addison De Witt in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve (1950). In 1957 he hosted a TV series, The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957). He continued to play mostly villains and charming heels until his suicide in 1972.

Significant features of George Sanders

Often played the "cad" in his films, such as Jack Favell in Rebecca (1940)
Often played purring, sinister villains
Skill at delivering cutting lines
Deep smooth voice
Often played...

Publications and Magazines about George Sanders

Brian Aherne assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume A Dreadful Man: A Personal, Intimate Book About George Sanders. 1979
Richard Vanderbeets George Sanders: An Exhausted Life. 1990
George Sanders, with Tony Thomas, ed. Memoirs of a Professional Cad (reissue of 1960 original). 1992
David R. Slavitt George Sanders, Zsa Zsa, and Me. 2009

What movies did George Sanders play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Death Wheelers (1973) Shadwell, Endless Night (1972) Andrew Lippincott, Doomwatch (1972) The Admiral - Sir Geoffrey, Mission: Impossible (1971) Armand Anderssarian, Spezialkommando Wildgänse (1970) General Downes, ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1970) James Fortune, The Kremlin Letter (1970) Warlock, The Best House in London (1969) Sir Francis Leybourne, The Body Stealers (1969) General Armstrong, The Girl from Rio (1969) Masius, The Candy Man (1969) Sidney Carter, King of Africa (1968) Captain Walter Phillips, Laura (1968) Waldo Lydecker, The Jungle Book (1967)...

Birth information

3 July 1906 St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]

Death information

25 April 1972 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Given Name

George Henry Sanders

How tall is George Sanders?

1.9 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Magda Gabor
Benita Hume
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Susan Larson

Life Story of George Sanders

George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936, was as Curly Randall in Find the Lady (1936). His U.S. debut, the same year, with Twentieth Century-Fox, was as Lord Everett Stacy in Lloyds of London (1936). During the late 1930s and early 1940s he made a number of movies as Simon Templar--the Saint--and as Gay Lawrence, the Falcon. He played Nazis (Maj. Quive-Smith in Fritz Lang's Man Hunt (1941)), royalty (Charles II in Otto Preminger's Forever Amber (1947)), and biblical roles (Saran of Gaza in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949)). He won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as theatre critic Addison De Witt in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve (1950). In 1957 he hosted a TV series, The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957). He continued to play mostly villains and charming heels until his suicide in 1972.

Significant features of George Sanders

Often played the "cad" in his films, such as Jack Favell in Rebecca (1940)
Often played purring, sinister villains
Skill at delivering cutting lines
Deep smooth voice
Often played...

Publications and Magazines about George Sanders

Brian Aherne assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume A Dreadful Man: A Personal, Intimate Book About George Sanders. 1979
Richard Vanderbeets George Sanders: An Exhausted Life. 1990
George Sanders, with Tony Thomas, ed. Memoirs of a Professional Cad (reissue of 1960 original). 1992
David R. Slavitt George Sanders, Zsa Zsa, and Me. 2009

What movies did George Sanders play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Death Wheelers (1973) Shadwell, Endless Night (1972) Andrew Lippincott, Doomwatch (1972) The Admiral - Sir Geoffrey, Mission: Impossible (1971) Armand Anderssarian, Spezialkommando Wildgänse (1970) General Downes, ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1970) James Fortune, The Kremlin Letter (1970) Warlock, The Best House in London (1969) Sir Francis Leybourne, The Body Stealers (1969) General Armstrong, The Girl from Rio (1969) Masius, The Candy Man (1969) Sidney Carter, King of Africa (1968) Captain Walter Phillips, Laura (1968) Waldo Lydecker, The Jungle Book (1967)...

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George Sanders in Die teuflische Intrige (1964)

Brother of actor Tom Conway. The two appeared together in The Falcon's Brother (1942), in which they portrayed--appropriately enough--brothers, and which was Sanders' final appearance as "The Falcon", a role he had grown tired of. In this entry, Sanders hands off the role to Conway, who took it up for nine subsequent films through 1946.

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George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, and Martin Stephens in Das Dorf der Verdammten (1960)

Sanders told David Niven in 1937 that he intended to commit suicide when he got older. In 1972 he fulfilled his promise, leaving this note: "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck.".

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George Sanders and Martin Stephens in Das Dorf der Verdammten (1960)

After being convinced by a woman he had taken up with, Sanders sold his beloved house in Majorca, Spain. Soon afterward he checked into a hotel in Barcelona, and two days later his body was discovered next to five empty tubes of Nembutal.

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George Sanders in Mord nach Maß (1972)

First got involved in acting when a secretary in the same advertising firm suggested it. That secretary was Greer Garson.

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George Sanders and Hywel Bennett in Mord nach Maß (1972)

Withdrew from the lead in the Broadway-bound musical version of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" called "Sherry!" (with Dolores Gray) during its Boston tryout in March 1967 when his wife Benita Hume was diagnosed with bone cancer. He was replaced by Clive Revill. The show was a quick failure on Broadway, and Hume passed away that November.

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George Sanders in Mord nach Maß (1972)

Featured in a crime novel, "Crime On My Hands", in which he solved a murder on a film set. The novel was ghostwritten by Falcon screenwriter Craig Rice. The Author's Dedication reads "To Craig Rice, without whom it would not have been possible.".

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Kim Novak and George Sanders in Die amourösen Abenteuer der Moll Flanders (1965)

Possessed of a fine baritone singing voice, often raised at parties, Sanders released an album entitled "The George Sanders Touch: Songs for the Lovely Lady" (ABC-Paramount: 1958), today a much sought-after collector's item.

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George Sanders in Zehn Frauen verschwanden in Paris (1960)

His mother Margaret Sanders, his third wife Benita Hume, and his brother Tom Conway all passed away in 1967.

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George Sanders and Barbara Shelley in Das Dorf der Verdammten (1960)

Prior to Sanders' casting in The Jungle Book (1967), animator Milt Kahl drew several drawings of Shere Khan looking quite haughty. One of the individuals who looked at the drawings immediately remarked on how similar they were to Sanders.

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Tyrone Power, Anthony Quinn, and George Sanders in Der Seeräuber (1942)

During his college days, George enjoyed a reputation as a good swimmer and boxer, as well as beginning to cultivate his image as a bounder.

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Tyrone Power, Anthony Quinn, and George Sanders in Der Seeräuber (1942)

His Hollywood career began at 20th Century-Fox (1936-38). From there he went to RKO Pictures (1939-41), back to 20th Century-Fox (1942-43 and 1947-50) and MGM (1954-55). He worked for most of the great directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang and Douglas Sirk.

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George Sanders in Der Seeräuber (1942)

His first steady employment was in the tobacco industry, traveling through Brazil and Argentina. He was sacked from jobs twice, the first time after turning up at his boss's wedding in a drunken stupor, the second time after having fought a pistol duel over a paramour.

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George Sanders and Dolores del Rio in International Settlement (1938)

Famously stated that he loathed giving interviews because he did not get paid for them; never gave autographs and rather enjoyed being perceived as "a rude and disagreeable person".

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Pier Angeli, Stewart Granger, and George Sanders in Begegnung in Tunis (1951)

He appeared with John Carradine in six films: Four Men and a Prayer (1938), International Settlement (1938), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), Man Hunt (1941), Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) and The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947).

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Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, and Robert Montgomery in Gefährliche Liebe (1941)

He appeared with Wendy Barrie in five films: The Saint Strikes Back (1939), The Saint Takes Over (1940), The Gay Falcon (1941), The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) and A Date with the Falcon (1942).

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Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, and Robert Montgomery in Gefährliche Liebe (1941)

Had appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Rebecca (1940) and All About Eve (1950), and two other nominees: Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Ivanhoe (1952).

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Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Robert Montgomery, etc.

He was cremated after death and his ashes were scattered in the English Channel.

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Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders in Gefährliche Liebe (1941)

Both he and his elder brother Tom Conway worked with Thomas Heathcote: Conway in Three Stops to Murder (1953) and The Last Man to Hang (1956) and Sanders in Village of the Damned (1960).

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George Sanders and Wendy Barrie in The Saint Takes Over (1940)

Once suggested to James Mason that they set up business together as Hollywood architects, as a sideline to their acting careers. The idea fell through when Mason insisted that, as a qualified architect, he would like to design the houses himself instead of simply putting his name on them, which is all Sanders wanted to do.

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George Sanders in The Saint Takes Over (1940)

He originally pursued a business career but turned to acting appearing on stage in Noel Cowards 'Conversation Piece'.

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Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders in Dies ist mein Land (1943)

His family fled Russia with the onset of the 1917 revolution.

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Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders in Dies ist mein Land (1943)

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George Sanders and Walter Slezak in Dies ist mein Land (1943)

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Hedy Lamarr and George Sanders in The Strange Woman (1946)

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George Sanders in Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

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Zsa Zsa Gabor and George Sanders in Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

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George Sanders in Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

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George Sanders in Zehn Frauen verschwanden in Paris (1960)

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George Sanders in Zehn Frauen verschwanden in Paris (1960)

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Angela Lansbury and George Sanders in Die Privataffären des Bel Ami (1947)

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John Carradine, George Sanders, etc.

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Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, etc.

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George Sanders and Ann Dvorak in Die Privataffären des Bel Ami (1947)

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George Sanders in Die Privataffären des Bel Ami (1947)

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George Sanders and Ann Dvorak in Die Privataffären des Bel Ami (1947)

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Susan Hayward and George Sanders in I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)

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