February 25, 2017

Actors

George Arliss (1868-1946) b. London, England.

George Arliss

London-born, distinguished British stage actor George Arliss was the son of printer and publisher William Arliss-Andrews. He began his stage career in London at the Elephant and Castle in 1887, and then later played many varying roles on stage throughout the country. He travelled to tour America in 1901, staying for almost three decades and appearing in many Broadway productions. He transferred those talents to film and unexpectedly became a major star. He debuted on film in an adaptation of the Molnár play The Devil (1921). That same year Arliss also reprised his stage work in the title role of the silent film Disraeli (1921).

He remade Disraeli in 1929, converting from a silent film star to the talkies and winning an Academy Award for Best Actor. Arliss established himself playing great historical figures, he appeared in several historical films, such as Alexander Hamilton (1931), Voltaire (1933), The Iron Duke (1934) and Cardinal Richelieu (1935). He then returned to England and made a few more films, notably The Tunnel (1935), The Guv’nor (1935), His Lordship (1936) and East Meets West (1936). He retired from the screen following Dr Syn (1937). He died at his home in Maida Hill in 1946 from the effects of a bronchial ailment.



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