Brian Aherne

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Brian Aherne (born May 2, 1902 in King's Norton , England as William Brian de Lacy Aherne , † February 10, 1986 in Venice , Florida ) was a British actor .

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Brian Aherne was born to the renowned architect William de Lacy Aherne. His brother, Patrick Aherne , who was one year older , later also became an actor. Brian Aherne appeared on stage for the first time in the play Fifinella on April 5, 1910 in Birmingham at the age of eight . In December 1913, the child actor first appeared in London in the play Where the Rainbow Ends at the Garrick Theater. After completing his training at Malvern College , Aherne began studying architecture, but broke it off and turned to acting. He made his debut as a film actor in 1924 with the film The Eleventh Commandment . While he continued to be seen on stage, numerous cinema productions followed, in which he also took on some leading roles. In 1930 he moved from America to the United States. In 1931 he starred alongside Katharine Cornell on New York's Broadway in the world premiere of The Barretts of Wimpole Street .

From the 1930s Brian Aherne was also engaged in numerous Hollywood films, where he played mostly elegant men, often of British origin. He has worked as the Leading Man for Joan Crawford in Where Love Falls (1935) and as a partner of Constance Bennett in How We Live Happily! (1938) used. For his role as Emperor Maximilian von Habsburg in the film Juarez , Aherne was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1940 . His later film productions included a role as a prosecutor in Alfred Hitchcock's I confess (1953) and The sinking of the Titanic (1953) by director Jean Negulesco , where Aherne played the ship's captain Edward John Smith . From the beginning of the 1950s, he was also frequently seen on American television. By 1963 he had numerous other theater engagements, including Romeo and Juliet , Die heilige Johanna , The Constant Wife , Escapade and most recently Dear Liar . He also worked as a speaker in numerous radio plays.

Aherne last appeared as an actor in 1967 with the film Rosie! in appearance. Two years later he published his autobiography A Proper Job . In 1979 he published A Dreadful Man, a biography of his late friend and fellow actor George Sanders . He was married twice: his first marriage to actress Joan Fontaine lasted from 1939 to 1945 and was divorced. He married his second wife in 1946, with whom he remained married until his death. He spent much of his evening at a castle on Lake Geneva , but then died of heart failure in Florida at the age of 83. A star commemorates him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

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