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Claude Rains
November 10, 1889 - May 30, 1967
Born in London, England, he began his career on stage as a child. In 1914, he made the trip to New York and worked in the New York Theatre Guild. By the mid 1920's, he made the trip to Hollywood to make his screen debut. He was an overnight success as he was given top billing in a highly publicized Hollywood production. Despite all this he didn't appear on-screen until just a few seconds before the final fade-out. The film was James Whale's The Invisable Man (1933), and Rains spent most of its footage either with his face covered in surgical bandages or as a bodyless voice speaking to various cast members. His physical characteristics, short and not particularly handsome, and charismatic stage presence made him an asset to the "Invisable Man" role.
From there he went on to star in two melodramas, The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) and the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Rains prefered character roles instead because they allowed him to be more creative. In 1967, Rain died in Laconia, New Hampshire of an intestinal hemorrhage
This is the Claude Rains house in Sandwich, N.H. It is located on Rt. 109
Photos and directions were Donated by: Charlene Chagnon
Directions: Route 25 in Center Harbor, N.H. take Bean Road to Red Hill Cemetary about three miles on right hand side. Located on Bean Road. When you enter this cemetary it is so small you can see these unusual tombstones on the left about six rows up. There aren't many there it's a real old yankee cemetery.