In CBS's Rawhide, he portrayed Alexander Langford, an attorney in a ghost town, in the episode "Incident of Judgement Day" (1963). It was bitterly cold and his face was completely covered by a hat and scarf. [23] Here, he became a "gentleman farmer" and could relax and enjoy farming life with his then wife (Frances) churning the butter, their daughter collecting the eggs, with Rains himself ploughing the fields and cultivating the vegetable garden. Born in London, England on November 10, 1889, he was doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps. Garfield is one of the lovers, a complicated one. 2000 Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! Four daughters are looking for four lovers. When he spoke to ask for the tickets, the attendant immediately recognized his voice and wanted to let them in for free. jessica rains, daughter of claude rains. Posted at 00:00h in Sem categoria by 0 Comments Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! In 1960, he married Rosemary Clark Schrode, to whom he was married until her death on 31 December 1964. Claude was an extremely private man—he never discussed his humble beginnings, his six marriages. [3] His parents were Emily Eliza (née Cox) and the stage actor Frederick William Rains. When interviewed for Turner Classic Movies, Chamberlain said. Davis later went on to describe him: "Claude was witty, amusing and beautiful, really beautiful, thoroughly enchanting to be with and brilliant." Dec 30, 2013 - Claude Rains with his 4th wife Frances and their daughter Jessica. William Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was a British-American film and stage actor whose career spanned almost seven decades. In London theatre, he achieved success in the title role of John Drinkwater's play Ulysses S. Grant, the follow-up to the same playwright's Abraham Lincoln. On the strength of the film and its reception, Rains had little trouble getting movie roles for the rest of his life. The Sea Hawk (1941) In this pirate film, Flynn plays Captain Geoffrey Thorpe, a British subject of Queen Elizabeth I (Flora Robson). In his final years, Rains decided to write his memoirs and engaged the help of journalist Jonathan Root to assist him. [4] He lived in the slums of London, and, in his own words, on "the wrong side of the river Thames". Many years after Rains had gone to Hollywood and become a well-known film actor, John Gielgud is reputed to have commented, "He was a great influence on me. This page was last edited on 29 April 2021, at 12:17. She also praised his performances: "He was marvelous in Deception and was worth the whole thing as the picture wasn't terribly good, but he was so marvelous and the restaurant scene where he's talking about all the food...brilliant, and of course in Mr. Skeffington he was absolutely brilliant as the husband, just brilliant.". The script is funny. Claude Rains, British motion picture and stage character actor noted for his smooth distinguished voice, polished ironic style, and intelligent portrayal of a variety of roles, ranging from villains to sympathetic gentlemen. When he came to California to do a film, I had to "hear him his lines" as he drove me to school every morning, 10 miles. He had piercing dark eyes and a beautifully throaty voice, although he had, like Marlene Dietrich, some trouble with the letter 'R'. And brilliant. He knew the whole script before he came out (to film). And thoroughly enchanting to be with. The pictures (still attached to scrapbook page backing) range from 8" x 10" shots that appear to have been taken professionally to family snapshots that include a charming picture of Rains in suit and tie with daughter Jennifer (Jessica Rains' given name) and her baby doll. Eventually we worked together quite a lot and became really great friends, really great friends. Show Self (6 credits) 2000 The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (Video documentary) Self. Claude Rains has to be considered one of the finest actors of the 20th century. Because his father was an actor, the young Rains would spend time in theatres and was surrounded by actors and stagehands. In Twilight of Honor Rains played a retired lawyer acting as a mentor to Chamberlain's character. As soon as you hear that marvelous, unmistakable voice of honey mixed with gravel, he becomes instantly recognizable. During a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Rains encompassed some of the most memorable and exciting characters ever created by an actor. During his early years, Rains taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Rains moved to America in 1913 owing to the opportunities that were being offered in the New York theatres. In fact he was one of the best and most popular teachers there. At age 29, he played the role of Clarkis in his only silent film, the British film Build Thy House (1920). Rains' declining health delayed their completion and with Root's death in March 1967 the project was never completed. Rains was a very small man and Bergman was quite tall, so in order to shoot them in close-up together (in the key scene) the resourceful Alfred Hitchcock had a ramp installed, so as Rains approaches Bergman on camera he appears taller than his co-star. And that scornful right eyebrow which could freeze an adversary faster than and more effectively than any physical threat. His daughter said, "And, just like most actors, he died waiting for his agent to call. He became a very elegant man, with a really extraordinary Mid-Atlantic accent. 48: His wife Rosemary died from pancreatic cancer. In 2010, many of Rains' personal effects were put into an auction at Heritage Auctions, including his 1951 Tony award, rare posters, letters and photographs. Rabe to Reynolds Global actresses # 27 in progress. The farm became one of the "great prides" of his life. Garfield is one of the lovers, a complicated one. He sold the farm when his marriage to Propper ended in 1956; the building now, as then, is still referred to by locals as "Rains' Place". Rains was excellent in his role, and even played his flute rather well. Also included in the auction were many volumes of his private leather-bound scrapbooks which contained many of his press cuttings and reviews from the beginning of his career. Rains' first wife, Isabel Jeans played the role of Lady Elizabeth Mulhammer in the 1953 Edinburgh premiere. Claude Rains: Why he’s one of ... “He grew up in the slums of London,” his daughter Jessica told the audience at a special screening of one of his films in 2012. According to his daughter, Jessica Rains, he grew up with "a very serious Cockney accent and a speech impediment" w… Stocky but handsome, Rains had broad shoulders and a mop of thick brown hair which he brushed over one eye. I was always trying to copy him in my first years as an actor, until I decided to imitate Noël Coward instead. On loan again, Rains played the title character in Universal's remake of Phantom of the Opera (1943). Villains were a Rains specialty, particularly those of a suave and sarcastic nature; and yet when the role called for it, Rains could be remarkably moving and even add a touch of pathos without losing any of his effectiveness. In an interview for Turner Classic Movies, Gielgud fondly remembered Rains: I learnt a great deal about acting from this gentleman. He died on May 30, 1967 at the age of 77. I found him enormously helpful and encouraging to work with. According to John Gielgud, Rains' second wife Marie Hemingway joined the cast for a brief period, thereby bringing Rains' first 3 wives together in the same dressing room. Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart in â Casablancaâ Claude Rains was not capable of giving a bad performance â nor even a mediocre one. "—Bette Davis "Claude Rains was a consummate actor whose remarkable life and career has been covered in fascinating detail in this book. I don't know what happened to him. As all of us "other era people," we don't just run through lines and say "turn the camera", we rehearse beforehand...Anyway Claude and I couldn't, and he was the King of France who loathed Carlotta, and I was a kid and petrified of Mr. The first full-length biography of the actor known for his roles in The Invisible Man, Casablanca, and other classics, based on newly released interviews. Which of these ridiculous love scenes made you laugh the most? In 1938 Michael Curtiz directed five films, this one, Angels with Dirty Faces, The Adventures of Robin Hood and two others. [26] A chronic alcoholic, Rains died from cirrhosis of the liver. MLA Format. His screen test for A Bill of Divorcement (1932) for a New York representative of RKO was a failure but, according to some accounts, led to his being cast in the title role of James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933) after his screen test and unique voice were inadvertently overheard from the next room. What am I going to do? Read more. He stood at a mere 5′6″, yet his enormous talent and immense stage presence made him a giant among his colleagues. The New York Public Library Digital Collections. It was clear to us that he loved practicing his craft; he dazzled us all. Back in Britain, he appeared in David Lean's The Passionate Friends (1949). William Claude Rains was born on 10 November 1889 in Clapham, London. I know what I've got.". Curtiz direction is strong. He ventured into science fiction for Irwin Allen's The Lost World (1960) and Antonio Margheriti's Battle of the Worlds (1961). Her mother is Frances Propper. [22], He acquired the 380-acre (1.5 km2) Stock Grange Farm, built in 1747 in West Bradford Township, Pennsylvania (just outside Coatesville), in 1941. Shaw apparently chose him for the part, although Rains intensely disliked Gabriel Pascal, the film's director and producer. He grew up, according to his daughter, with "a very serious cockney accent and a speech impediment". After his American film debut as Dr. Jack Griffin in The Invisible Man (1933), he appeared in such highly regarded films as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Casablanca and Kings Row (both 1942), Notorious (1946), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). His mother took in boarders in order to support the family. His only child, Jennifer, was born on 24 January 1938, the daughter of Frances Propper. John Gielgud and Charles Laughton were among his students. [2] During his lengthy career, he was greatly admired by many of his acting colleagues, such as Bette Davis, Vincent Sherman, Ronald Neame, Albert Dekker, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Charles Laughton and Richard Chamberlain. Helpful. He designed his own tombstone which reads "All things once, Are things forever, Soul, once living, lives forever". His mother took in boarders in order to support the family. He starred in The Jeffersonian Heritage, a 1952 series of 13 half-hour radio programmes recorded by the National Association of Educational Broadcasters and syndicated for commercial broadcast on a sustaining (i.e., commercial-free) basis.[20]. ‘The Invisible Man,’ incidentally, was the only movie of his that he went to see, according to his daughter. Claude Rains as father is outstanding (as most of the time). [19] Rains followed it with Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946) as a refugee Nazi agent opposite Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. He lived in the slums of London, and, in his own words, on "the wrong side of the river Thames". Sep 19, 2016 - Hi TCM members, Just to let you know that the CANDIDS thread has moved from General Discussions due to a the problem of posting images. Reminiscing about his work with Rains, Chamberlain said: He was in his seventies then and in failing health, yet he was charming and totally professional on the set. Claude Rains had his peculiarities. Claude Rains rounded out his career, prolifically enough, as it had begun – appearing on the stage in So Much of Earth, So Much of Heaven (1965). I'm so glad of that. [24] Rains spent his final years in Sandwich, New Hampshire.[25]. Tree told Rains that in order to succeed as an actor, he would have to get rid of his Cockney accent and speech impediment. Rains was considered to be "one of the screen's great character stars"[1] who was, according to the All-Movie Guide, "at his best when playing cultured villains". Although he had played the single supporting role in the silent, Build Thy House (1920),[1] Rains came relatively late to film acting. I hope you continue to enjoy the thread here in Films and Filmmakers until the problem is solved. As a child, Joan Crawford invited her to her daughter Christina's birthday party. Claude Rains, early in his acting career He was the child of an impoverished actor who left school with a lisp, stammer and no qualifications but went on become a Hollywood star and the first British actor to bag a one million dollar pay cheque. Comment Report abuse. For Warner Bros., he played Dr. Alexander Tower, who commits murder-suicide to spare his daughter a life of insanity in Kings Row (1942) and the cynical police chief Captain Renault in Casablanca (also 1942). Rains eventually shed his accent and speech impediment after practising every day. He sang in the Farm Street Church choir, which also brought him a few pence to take home. 5.0 out of 5 stars a look at the past. Her mother is Frances Propper. Saturday's Children (1940) - Garden Of Eden Apartments Though the Maxwell Anderson play isn’t set in New York, the Warner Bros. version begins there, Claude Rains and Elizabeth Risdon as the parents, Anne Shirley as daughter Bobby, and Roscoe Karns the live-in brother-in-law, Vincent Sherman directing, in Saturday’s Children, 1940, starring John Garfield. Daughter of Claude Rains, granddaughter of Fred Rains. These talents were recognised by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the founder of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. There he observed actors as well as the day-to-day running of a theatre. The description of Rains' early life has been taken directly from the foreword -- written by Rains' daughter, Jennifer (Jessica) -- to the book by John T. Soister: 'Claude Rains -- A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference'. Sold into syndication after its first telecast, it was repeated annually by many local US TV stations. And finally he paused and said with a sheepish look "Alibi Ike, good old Alibi Ike" ("Alibi Ike" being an expression based on a 1935 film of the same name, in which the lead character has a penchant for making up excuses). "[21] However, Gielgud later went on to recollect a time when he was in New York and in the audience during an event that included a focus on Bette Davis. His parents were Emily Eliza (née Cox) and the stage actor Frederick William Rains. Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart in ‘Casablanca’ Claude Rains was not capable of giving a bad performance – nor even a mediocre one. In her 1987 memoir, This 'N That, Bette Davis revealed that Rains (with whom she shared the screen four times in Juarez; Now, Voyager; Mr. Skeffington; and Deception) was her favorite co-star. Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. Jessica Rains remembered her father's work ethic: He was interested in the process (of film). ", Rains' debut speaking role in the theatre, This supporting role marked Rains' return to the stage after being wounded in WWI. Reflecting on Rains as a man first, his daughter Jessica has said, “He was a terrific father. As a child, Joan Crawford invited her to her daughter Christina's birthday party. 17 fev. Daughter of Claude Rains, granddaughter of Fred Rains. The majority of the items were used to help David J. Skal write his book on Rains, An Actor's Voice. Whether you're ready for the return of your favorite show or need to catch up, May is packed with an array of returning series. He was a Tony Award winning actor and was a four-time nominee for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 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