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Claude Rains
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Known aliases William Claude Rains
Born 10 November 1889
London, England
Age 77 (at time of death)
Died 30 May 1967
Laconia,
New Hampshire, U.S.
Years active 1920–1966

Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was a British actor born in London, England. Though he is best remembered by mainstream audiences in the role of Captain Renault in the classic 1942 film Casablanca, Rains also earned himself a lesser known, though no less iconic, place in horror film history as a character actor. In the horror genre, he first appeared in the lead role in James Whale's 1933 adaptation of the H. G. Wells story The Invisible Man. Though certainly a pivotal role, the film did little to boost Rains' notoriety as an actor as he is never visibly seen in the movie. In 1941, Rains played a supproting role as Sir John Talbot in the Universal Pictures film The Wolf Man. Two years later, Rains took a more recognizable (and colorized) lead role as Erique Claudin in Universal's remake of the Phantom of the Opera. While Rains gave audiences a more sympathetic Phantom, his version never gained the recognition put forth by his predecessor, Lon Chaney, Sr. in the original 1922 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera.

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