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Claude Rains movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Casablanca,’ ‘The Invisible Man,’ ‘Notorious’

Claude Rains movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Casablanca,’ ‘The Invisible Man,’ ‘Notorious’

If you’re not a fan of classic cinema, you may not recognize his name. However, in addition to becoming a renowned Oscar-nominated character actor with one of the industry’s most distinctive voices, Claude Rains also taught the craft to some of cinema’s most legendary actors.

Born on November 10, 1899 in London, the future actor who would become known for his elegance and quiet authority had very humble beginnings. His father was a stage actor, and the family lived in poverty, with Rains being one of only three children out of twelve to not die from poverty-related issues. He had a heavy cockney accent and a stutter, and dropped out of school after second grade to earn money for the family. Growing up around the theater, he was soon performing in plays, starting at the age of ten. In 1913, he came to America to find work in the New York theaters,

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