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George Arliss

Source: Wikipedia

Born George Augustus Andrews, Arliss began his stage career in 1886 at age 18 as a actor in the English Provinces. By 1900, he was acting professionally in London's West End. He embarked for a tour of America in 1901 in Mrs. Patrick Campbell's troupe. Intending to remain in the U.S. only for the length of the tour. He ended up staying for two decades, appearing in many Broadway productions and, later, silent films. Onstage, Arliss established himself in historical roles or as eminent statesmen, kings, rajahs, eccentric millionaires, etc. He transferred these talents to film and unexpectedly became a major star.

At age 53, he debuted on film in The Devil (1921), in which he had appeared onstage in 1906. Also in 1921, Arliss reprised his stage work in the title role of the silent film Disraeli; he later won an Academy Award (becoming the first British actor to do so) for his work in the sound version of the same play (1929). Arliss is also the author of three autobiographies: On the Stage (1926), Up the Years from Bloomsbury (1927), and My Ten Years in the Studios (1940).

Fact file

  • Born: Augustus George Andrews 10 April 1868 London, England, UK
  • Died: 5 February 1946 (aged 77) London, England, UK
  • Cause of death: bronchial ailment
  • Occupation: Actor, author, playwright, filmmaker
  • Years active: 1887–1943
  • Spouse(s): Florence Kate Montgomery Smith (1899–1946)

Read more about George Arliss at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Variety, 2020-01-31 05:53:13
Since 2000, slightly more than half the lead actor and actress Oscars (21 out of 38) have gone to portrayals of real-life individuals. It’s a bias that dates back to George Arliss and “Disraeli” (1929), although award-winning impersonations have become increasingly stark, even critical, in the latter years. Notwithstanding Oliver ...

With 'The Post,' 'Darkest Hour' and more, filmmakers show that they often mine the past for stories to enlighten the present
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It’s often said that history repeats itself. But when it comes to the Oscars, history, or more specifically, the feting of real-life historical characters, has been a recurring rite since 1931, when George Arliss collected the third-ever lead actor award for his portrayal of British Prime Minister...

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1868 Birthday of master actor George Arliss, who starred in a series of historical vehicles, including Hamilton and Disraeli.

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