William Claude Rains, a British actor, was born on 10th November 1889 to Emily Eliza and Frederick William Rains. His birthplace was Camberwell, London. He stepped on stage for the first time at the tender age of eleven. What gave wings to his talent was the determination of his angel-Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the versatile actor and the man behind one of the most reputed drama schools, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tree wished to water the sapling of an actor in Rains and sponsored his elocution classes. Rains served as an educator at RADA and also as a Captain the London Scottish Regiment during WWI. Rains kickstarted his career with theater with Ulysses S. Grant, a play on the life of the 18th President of the United States, by John Drinkwater. The next stop was Broadway, where he played the lead in The Apple Cart, a satirical comedy based on a political extravaganza, by George Bernard Shaw in 1928. His first role in a real film was in 1920, in a silent film titled Build Thy House. However, this was just a supporting role, and his real debut was as the lead in The Invisible Man, James Whale’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel that goes by the same name. He signed an unusual agreement with Warner Bros. in 1935 according to which he was loaned to other production houses. His well-known work for Columbia Pictures was in the role of Senator Joseph Harrison "Joe" Paine in a film titled Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The film was of a political genre and won Rains his first nomination in the category of Supporting Actor in the prestigious Academy Awards.

For Warner Bros. itself, he gave a wonderful performance as Captain Louis Renaul in Michael Curtiz’s rom-com film Casablanca. The film got him his next Academy Award nomination in the same category as mentioned before. Apart from these, he got nominated for the same for two other films- the Bette Davis starrer drama film Mr. Skeffington, and Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller which was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival called Notorious. Rains has also worked for Universal Studios in the horror-cum-musical film by Arthur Lubin- Phantom of the Opera. He was last seen on-screen in George Stevens’ epic film- The Greatest Story Ever Told, which released in 1965. Rains had been married six times and divorced five. He gave birth to his only daughter in 1938, named Jessica, with his fourth wife, Frances Propper. He married his sixth wife, Rosemary Clark Schrode in 1960. Fortunately, only his death parted them. He died of abdominal haemorrhage in 1965. He was seventy-seven at the time. Interestingly, he was the first among the actors to be blessed with a pay worth a million dollars for Gabriel Pascal’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play that was staged in 1901, titled Caesar and Cleopatra. His biggest achievement in forty-six years of an acting career has undoubtedly been the Tony Award in the Best Lead Actor category for the play based Arthur Koestler’s novel of the same name- Darkness at Noon.

Clark Gable English Actor

Clark Gable

Popularly called as “The King of Hollywood”, Clark Gable is one of the most celebrated American actors in the history of cinema. He was born on February 1, 1901, in Cadiz, Ohio. His real name is William Clark Gable; William derived from his father’s name, Willian Henry ‘Will’ Gable. Clark’s endeavor to carve a career in the world of cinema did not directly lead him to success. His career began as a stage actor after which he appeared in many silent films as an extra till 1926 and finally landed supporting roles in a few films for the leading studio of its time, MGM, in 1931. The consequent year, Gable triumphantly played his first leading role in a Hollywood film and continued to do so successfully for the next three decades, in more than 60 motion pictures.Gable’s expansive career is impossible to surmise. He was critically acclaimed for his roles in various movies. Critically, Gable’s most outstanding and well-known role is that of Rhett Butler in the most renowned and epic movie, Gone with the Wind (1939). MGM often paired Gable with some of the most popular actresses of the time to commercially boost the studio’s success. He was often seen with his favorite actress Joan Crawford, beginning with Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). He was seen opposite Myrna Loy seven times, one of them being in the famous production, Wife vs. Secretary (1936). He was also seen paired with Jean Harlow often, with their best movies together being Red Dust (1932) and Saratoga (1937). To end his acting legacy with grandeur, Gable’s final film, The Misfits (1961), saw him acting opposite to Marilyn Monroe, the film also being the last for Monroe’s on-screen appearance. Even though, Gable won an Academy Award for The Best Actor for his role in It Happened One Night (1934), he wasn’t the first choice for the role itself. Claudette Colbert, the female protagonist of the movie also won the Academy Award for Best Actress, while the movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Thus, Gable became one of the most celebrated stars of MGM. Later, Gable was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles, Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and the very famous, Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). Even today, Gable is known for being one of the most consistent box-office performers in history. He appeared outstandingly sixteen times on Quigley Publishing's annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll. He was also named the seventh greatest male star of classic American Cinema by the American Film Institute. Gable married Kay Williams in 1955. They had a son named John Clark Gable on March 20, 1961, though, by that time, Gable had died four months earlier to his son’s birth.Gable took his last breath in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 1960. The reason behind his death was an arterial blood clot which consequently formed ten days after a severe heart attack. Gable was interred in The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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Clayne Crawford

Clayne is an actor and director from America. Since the 1990’s, he started making television appearances. His debut movie was Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, where he has a small role as Joe Crawford. Since then he has used the name Clayne Crawford, and because of this he has received more exposure. He got roles on One Blood Planet, A Walk To Remember, ‘Swimfan’, The Great Raid, ‘Trespassing’, ‘Roswell’, ‘CSI:Maimi’, and A Love Song For Bobby Long. In ‘Jericho’ season 1, he was seen in a periodic role. He played the character of Mitchell Cafferty, popularly called Mitch in this show. After this he appeared in the show ‘Leverage’ where he played the character of Quinn. Next, we saw him in 2008 in the show, ‘Life’ in only a single episode called, Evil and His Brother Ziggy. He then played the main leadin the movie ‘Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassin’s Ball’. This was supposed to be the prequel movie of ‘Smokin Aces’. He also appeared in the show ‘24’ season eight, and the show ‘The Glades’ season 1. His latest work is ‘Rectify’. It has been communicated that Clayne will be portraying the character of Martin Riggs in the show adaptation of Lethal Weapon for Fox Television. Now it’s the time for some interesting facts about Clayne Crawford. He is an Alabama native that made his jump to Los Angeles in 1997. He immediately began work in numerous theater groups and production. It was not long before his talents were recognized on the big screen with the lead roles. Clayne Crawford’s alternate name is Joey Crawford. Crawford won the Screencraft Award for the best actor in 2006 for ‘F8’. He also won the Young Hollywood Award for One to Watch - Male in 2003. Apart from the glamour industry, in an interview when he was asked what he does when he is not on-set he replied that his wife and himself had started community gardens in the Eco Park area. He, along with his wife and three children moved out to live in this 50 acres of land where they did gardening and also herded cattle. They were gardening as a secondary income and were growing and selling vegetables and eggs. This whole new lifestyle was a great thing for him as he could teach his family how important it is to take care of our planet since it provides us with every necessity. Post six months of just concentrating on his gardening he got the offer to act in Rectify and it all worked out perfectly for him since his shooting set was now only three hours away from his home. So it felt like a sign from the universe for him. It’s all very clear that Clayne Crawford is a humble person who feels responsible towards his career, his family and to the globe as well.

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Clayne Crawford English Actor