X

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Claude Rains Biography

Birth Name:
William Claude Rains
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Began acting at the age of 11, when he appeared in a London theater production of Nell of Old Drury
  • Served in the London Scottish Regiment during World War I
  • After the war, taught at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for several years
  • Distinctive voice led to his casting in the title role of his first film, a 1933 adaptation of H
  • G
  • Wells' The Invisible Man
  • Final film role was King Herod in the 1965 Biblical epic The Greatest Story Ever Told

Awards

  • 1946Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1944Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1943Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated

Relationships