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Birth information

10 November 1889 Clapham, London, England, UK

Death information

30 May 1967 Laconia, New Hampshire, USA

Given Name

William Claude Rains

Nickname

Willy Wains

How tall is Claude Rains?

1.69 m

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

Rosemary McGroarty Clark
Agi Jambor
Frances Propper
Beatrix Thomson
Marie Hemingway
Isabel Jeans

Life Story of Claude Rains

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 to a stage manager during his well-rounded learning experience. Rains decided to come to America in 1913 and the New York theater, but with the outbreak of World War I the next year, he returned to serve with a Scottish regiment in Europe. He remained in England, honing his acting talents, bolstered with instruction patronized by the founder of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Herbert Beerbohm Tree. It was not long before his talent garnered him acknowledgment as one of the leading stage actors on the London scene. His one and only silent film venture was British with a small part for him, the forgettable -- Build Thy House (1920).

In the meantime, Rains was in demand as acting teacher as well, and he taught at the Royal Academy. Young and eager Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud were perhaps his best known students....

Significant features of Claude Rains

Acted with his derisive, bulging eyes
Unmistakable baritone voice
Often played sophisticated, sometimes ambiguously moral men

How much money has Claude Rains earned?

Casablanca (1942) $4,000 /week

Publications and Magazines about Claude Rains

John T. Soister with JoAnna Wioskowski Claude Rains: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference to His Work in Film, Stage and Radio. 1999
David J. Skal and Jessica Rains Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice. 2008
Paul Rothwell-Smith Silent Films! the Performers. 2011

What movies did Claude Rains play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1965) Valentin / Mr. Fare, The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) King Herod, The Reporter (1964) John Vance, Dr. Kildare (1964) Edward Fredericks, Twilight of Honor (1963) Art Harper, The DuPont Show of the Week (1963) Baron van der Zost / Colonel, Rawhide (1963) Alexander Longford, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Mr. Dryden, Sam Benedict (1962) Thonis Jundelin, Wagon Train (1962) Judge Daniel Clay, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1962) Leonard Eldridge / Father Amion / Andrew Thurgood / ..., Battle of the Worlds (1961) Prof. Benson,...

Birth information

10 November 1889 Clapham, London, England, UK

Death information

30 May 1967 Laconia, New Hampshire, USA

Given Name

William Claude Rains

Nickname

Willy Wains

How tall is Claude Rains?

1.69 m

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

Rosemary McGroarty Clark
Agi Jambor
Frances Propper
Beatrix Thomson
Marie Hemingway
Isabel Jeans

Life Story of Claude Rains

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 to a stage manager during his well-rounded learning experience. Rains decided to come to America in 1913 and the New York theater, but with the outbreak of World War I the next year, he returned to serve with a Scottish regiment in Europe. He remained in England, honing his acting talents, bolstered with instruction patronized by the founder of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Herbert Beerbohm Tree. It was not long before his talent garnered him acknowledgment as one of the leading stage actors on the London scene. His one and only silent film venture was British with a small part for him, the forgettable -- Build Thy House (1920).

In the meantime, Rains was in demand as acting teacher as well, and he taught at the Royal Academy. Young and eager Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud were perhaps his best known students....

Significant features of Claude Rains

Acted with his derisive, bulging eyes
Unmistakable baritone voice
Often played sophisticated, sometimes ambiguously moral men

How much money has Claude Rains earned?

Casablanca (1942) $4,000 /week

Publications and Magazines about Claude Rains

John T. Soister with JoAnna Wioskowski Claude Rains: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference to His Work in Film, Stage and Radio. 1999
David J. Skal and Jessica Rains Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice. 2008
Paul Rothwell-Smith Silent Films! the Performers. 2011

What movies did Claude Rains play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1965) Valentin / Mr. Fare, The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) King Herod, The Reporter (1964) John Vance, Dr. Kildare (1964) Edward Fredericks, Twilight of Honor (1963) Art Harper, The DuPont Show of the Week (1963) Baron van der Zost / Colonel, Rawhide (1963) Alexander Longford, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Mr. Dryden, Sam Benedict (1962) Thonis Jundelin, Wagon Train (1962) Judge Daniel Clay, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1962) Leonard Eldridge / Father Amion / Andrew Thurgood / ..., Battle of the Worlds (1961) Prof. Benson,...

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Claude Rains, Marion Davies, and Dick Powell in Hearts Divided (1936)

Herbert Beerbohm Tree recognized Rains' acting talent and paid for the elocution books and lessons he needed due to his poor diction.

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Claude Rains and Merle Oberon in Die Liebe unseres Lebens (1945)

Following his death, he was interred at Red Hill Cemetery in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

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Claude Rains and Fay Bainter in Vier Töchter räumen auf (1939)

Won Broadway's 1951 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Darkness at Noon".

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Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, and Conrad Veidt in Casablanca (1942)

Was a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before coming to Hollywood, whose students included John Gielgud.

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Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid in Casablanca (1942)

His daughter Jennifer was born on January 24, 1938. Her screen name is Jessica Rains, as there was already a Jennifer Rains registered in the Actors' Equity.

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Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid in Casablanca (1942)

His wife Rosemary had been a Catholic but was not in good standing with the church as she had divorced and remarried. Claude Rains pushed the church to reinstate her, which they did at her funeral.

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Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

He separated from wife Isabel Jeans three times, reuniting two of those times. He finally filed for divorce on grounds of adultery when she miscarried Gilbert Wakefield's baby. She admitted the adultery during the divorce and later married "Gilly" Wakefield.

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Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid in Casablanca (1942)

His first wife, Isabel Jeans, always wore a wig because her natural hair was so thin.

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Dana Andrews, Claude Rains, Lee MacGregor, and Henry Rowland in Sealed Cargo (1951)

He starred in Richard B. Sheridan's "The Rivals" on stage in 1925. His then wife, Beatrix Thomson as well as his two former wives were also in the cast.

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Dana Andrews and Claude Rains in Sealed Cargo (1951)

He and wife Beatrix Thomson separated in 1928. It took almost seven years to finalize.

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Claude Rains, Ferdy Mayne, and Märta Torén in Der Mann, etc.

His fifth wife, Agi, was a Hungarian Jew who had escaped the holocaust. She later composed the piano solo "Sonata for the Victims of Auschwitz".

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Claude Rains and Herbert Lom in Der Mann, der sich selbst nicht kannte (1952)

His fifth wife, Agi, was a widow who had lost her husband in 1949.

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Claude Rains in Der Mann, der sich selbst nicht kannte (1952)

On the way to their wedding, Rains' soon-to-be-fifth wife Agi made him turn around and go back. She had forgotten to put on the underwear she had worn at her first wedding, which she insisted she wear for luck at her second.

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Claude Rains and Märta Torén in Der Mann, der sich selbst nicht kannte (1952)

It bothered him that his fifth wife, Agi, would practice piano on a silent keyboard. He could not stand to see her hands flying around with no music to listen to.

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Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains in Caesar und Cleopatra (1945)

Rains was so stingy with money that constantly complained he was broke, although this was never truly the case.

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Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

When he had had enough of his fifth marriage to wife Agi, he had the locks changed on their house while she was out shopping.

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Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

His fourth wife, Frances Propper, was born around 1909.

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Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

While living with, but before their marriage, his fourth wife, Frances, their house burned down. The official cause of fire was a lightning strike. Rains later found out from a neighbor that it was arson -- his groundskeeper had burned it down.

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Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

His fourth wife, Frances, was named as corespondent in his divorce from third wife Beatrix.

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Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

After he divorced his third wife and married his fourth, his third wife charged him with bigamy, challenging the legality of their divorce.

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Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

Joan Crawford invited his daughter Jennifer to her daughter Christina's birthday party. She told Jennifer's mother, Claude's wife, that Jennifer could wear jeans. Jennifer showed up to the party the only little girl not dressed up. When Christina introduced Jennifer to her mother, Crawford said to Jennifer, "It was very nice to meet you. And now you may leave." Jennifer was also shown Christina's extensive doll collection, which Christina explained to her that no one was ever allowed to touch or play with. Jennifer never returned to the Crawford home.

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Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)

When his daughter Jennifer was 17, her mother, Frances Propper, woke her up in the middle of the night, saying she was leaving her father, and wanted to know if Jennifer wanted to come with her. Jennifer declined.

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Claude Rains and Conrad Veidt in Casablanca (1942)

Rains and fourth wife Frances divorced after Francis began a relationship with a woman's dress shop owner whom she later married.

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Claude Rains and Conrad Veidt in Casablanca (1942)

On the day his divorce from Frances Propper was final, he drank and drove his Bentley into a ditch, totaling it. When they found him, he was passed out drunk on the ground and the car was upside down and on fire.

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Peter O'Toole and Claude Rains in Lawrence von Arabien (1962)

While filming Notorious (1946) with Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman, Hitchcock suggested Rains wear platforms in his shoes as Bergman was very tall. Although embarrassed, Rains agreed to this. One day while Rains was talking to Bergman, Hitchcock came by, lifting Rains' pant leg and revealing his platforms, commenting "The shame of Rains".

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Lloyd Bridges, Glenn Ford, and Claude Rains in Hölle am weißen Turm (1950)

When his daughter informed him she was divorcing her husband, Edward Brash, Rains said, "Tell me, was it sex?".

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Claude Rains, Cedric Hardwicke, and Alida Valli in Hölle am weißen Turm (1950)

He designed his own tombstone. It reads: "All things once/Are things forever,/Soul, once living,/lives forever.".

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