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Claude Rains Biography
Claude Rains (November 10, 1889 - May 30, 1967) was an English actor.

Rains was born in London. Gassed during World War I, he was almost blind in one eye for the rest of his life.

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, founder of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, recognized Rains' acting talent and paid for the elocution lessons he needed to succeed as an actor. It was ironic that Rains' first Hollywood role was as the star of a movie in which he did not appear until the very end. That was the title character in James Whale's The Invisible Man. It was his distinctive voice which had won him the role.

Following The Invisible Man, Universal Studios tried to turn him into another horror film actor, but he broke free with his Academy Award nominated role in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and followed that up in probably his most famous role, that of French police Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6400 Hollywood Blvd.

Claude Rains died in Laconia, New Hampshire and is interred in the Red Hill Cemetery, Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

Academy Award nominations
1947 Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Notorious
1945 Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Mr. Skeffington
1944 Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Casablanca
1940 Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Greatest Story Ever Told
Twilight of Honor
Lawrence of Arabia
Battle of the Worlds
The Lost World
This Earth Is Mine
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By
Sealed Cargo
The White Tower
Where Danger Lives
Song of Surrender
The Passionate Friends
Rope of Sand
The Unsuspected
Angel on My Shoulder
Strange Holiday
This Love of Ours
Caesar and Cleopatra
Passage to Marseille
Mr. Skeffington
Phantom of the Opera
Forever and a Day
Kings Row
Now, Voyager
The Wolf Man
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Four Mothers
The Lady with Red Hair
The Sea Hawk
Saturday's Children
Four Wives
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Daughters Courageous
Sons of Liberty
They Made Me a Criminal
Four Daughters
Gold Is Where You Find It
The Adventures of Robin Hood
White Banners
They Won't Forget
The Prince and the Pauper
Stolen Holiday
Anthony Adverse
Hearts Divided
The Last Outpost
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Clairvoyant
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Crime Without Passion
The Invisible Man
Build Thy House
Battle of the Worlds
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