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Birth Name: Claude Rains
Born: 11/10/1889
Birth Place: London, England, GB
Death Place: Lanconia, New Hampshire, USA
Died: 05/30/1967

Born on Nov. 10, 1889 in London, England, Rains was raised by his father, Frederick, a stage and film actor, and his mother, Emily. Following in his father's footsteps, Rains took to the stage at 11 years old in a London production of "Nell of Old Drury" and was soon taken under the wing of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, founder of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, who helped the young actor remove his thick Cockney accent by paying for elocution lessons. Rains later taught at RADA, where he counted John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier among his pupils. Meanwhile, he took a hiatus from acting to serve in the London Scottish Regiment of the British Army during World War I and was left nearly blinde... Continue Bio >>


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