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Claude Rains was a Tony award-winning British actor.
Born in Clapham, England, Claude Rains made his stage debut at the age of just 10, briefly serving in the army before teaching at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He moved to America in 1927 and began acting on Broadway, after which he joined the Hollywood film industry.
He appeared in many films, plays, and television shows over his seven-decade-long career and was nominated for many academy awards. Click here to learn more about Claude Rains.
According to sources, Claude Rains had a net worth of $1.5 million at the time of his death.
Unfortunately, we do not have information on Claude's yearly income.
Claude Rain was 5 ft 6 in (169 cm) tall.
Claude Rains died on May 30, 1967, succumbing to an abdominal hemorrhage at the age of 77.
Claude Rains was born William Claude Rains on November 10, 1889, in Clapham, London. His parents were the stage actor Frederick William Rains and Emily Eliza Cox. He had eleven siblings, out of which only three made it past infancy, while the others died of malnutrition.
He had a very tough childhood, growing up in the slums of London with his family struggling to make ends meet. He attended school only up to the third year, after which he dropped out to sell newspapers to support his family. He would also sing in the local church choir to earn some extra money.
With his father being an actor, Claude Rains grew up spending a lot of time in the local theater, surrounded by actors, producers, and stagehands, which led to him garnering interest and natural love for theater.
He made his stage debut at the age of 10 at the Haymarket Theatre in the play 'Sweet Nell Of Old Drury', after which he became a call boy at His Majesty's Theatre, slowly working his way up to stage manager, prompter, understudy, after which he started getting more prominent parts in productions.
Claude Rains was married six times- to Marie Hemingway, Isabel Jeans, Beatrix Thomson, Agi Jambor, Frances Propper, and Rosemary Clark Schrode, with whom he moved to New Hampshire, where he remained until his final years.
He divorced each of the first five, remaining married to Rosemary Clark Schrode until her death on December 31, 1964. He has one daughter, Jennifer, with Frances Propper, who goes by the name Jessica Rains. She is also an actress.
Claude Rains moved to America in 1912, looking to make a career in New York theatres. However, due to the rising tension of World War I, he moved back to England to serve with the London Scottish Regiment. Tragically, he was involved in a gas attack in 1916, which ended with losing 90% of his right eye, and damage to his vocal cords. He continued to serve with the Bedfordshire Regiment, rising to the rank of captain by the end of the war.
After the war, he stayed back in England and continued to work on his acting. His talents were recognized by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the founder of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, who helped him with elocution classes to get rid of his speech impediment and a thick cockney accent. This helped give his career a huge boost, and he became one of London's leading stage actors. He made his debut in films at the age of 29, appearing in the 1920 silent film 'Build Thy House'.
He also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art during this time, appearing in stage plays like 'Ulysses S. Grant' and 'The Rivals', before returning to New York in 1927. On returning to America, he partook in 20 Broadway plays before trying his hand in the film industry. He appeared as the lead character in 'The Invisible Man' in 1933, leading to him signing a long-term contract with Warner Bros in 1935. He appeared in the films 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood', 'Casablanca', 'Phantom Of The Opera', 'Caesar And Cleopatra' and 'The Passionate Friends'. He continued to work as a character actor throughout the '60s and '70s, also working as a voice actor and narrator.
Overall, his career spanned over seven decades until his death in 1967.
Claude Rains has won many awards during his career, including a Tony award for Best Actor In A Play and an award for Distinguished Performance at the Drama League Awards. He has also been nominated for four Academy Awards.
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