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Rains in CASABLANCA.

About Claude Rains (1889 – 1967)

Born on November 10th, 1889, in London, England, Claude Rains was the son of British stage actor, Frederick Rains.  Rains began his career at age 11 on the London stage.

Claude Rains moved to New York as a young adult, working on the stage. He returned to Europe where he served in the military during World War I. Rains was almost blind in one eye after a gas attack. After the war, Claude Rains remained in England.

The founder of the Royal Academy of the Arts, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, recognized Rains' acting talent and paid for the elocution books and lessons Rains needed due to his poor diction. Claude Rains soon became a leading actor on the London stage.

Claude made his screen debut yet didn't appear on-screen until just a few seconds before the final fade-out. The film was James Whale's The Invisible Man; (1933).

Claude Rains played a senior senator in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, with Jimmy Stewart as the newly elected, uncorruptible junior senator from the same state.

In the 1942 film noir classic, CASABLANCA, Claude Rains played police Captain Louis Renault, a key player in an international spy game of cat and mouse. He ultimately walks off into the fog with leading actor Humphrey Bogart, who delivered the now classic final line of the film, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

In the 1946, Alfred Hitchcock movie, NOTORIOUS, Claude Rains played a wealthy German businessman and master Nazi machinator in post World War II Rio, who marries Alicia; (Ingrid Bergman), an undercover U.S. spy with a tragic past. When Rains attempts to murder his new bride after her cover is blown, this is opposed by U.S. agent T.R. Devlin, (Cary Grant) also in love with Huberman.

Rains also played a supporting role in the classic, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, in 1962.

Claude Rains earned four Academy Award nominations, all for Best Supporting Actor, in the following films:

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
CASABLANCA (1942)
MR. SKEFFINGTON (1944)
NOTORIOUS (1946)

Claude Rains's other notable credits include...

THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933)
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
THE WOLFMAN (1941)
CASABLANCA (1942)
KINGS ROW (1942)
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943)
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA (1945)
THE LOST WORLD (1960)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

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Claude Rains with Bogie in CASABLANCA.

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Claude Rains (right) in
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Claude Rains in THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965).

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Claude Rains in NOTORIOUS (1946).

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Claude Rains in MR. SKEFFINGTON (1944).

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Claude Rains in CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA (1945).

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Claude Rains in KINGS ROW (1942).