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Cause of death
  
Emphysema

Role
  
Film actor

Name
  
George Brent


Years active
  
1924–1960, 1978

Occupation
  
Actor

Height
  
1.85 m

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Full Name
  
George Brendan Nolan

Born
  
15 March 1904 (
1904-03-15
)
Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland

Died
  
May 26, 1979, Solana Beach, California, United States

Spouse
  
Janet Michaels (m. 1947–1974)

Children
  
Barry Brent, Suzanne Brent

Movies
  
Dark Victory, Jezebel, The Great Lie, The Old Maid, The Spiral Staircase

Similar People
  
Ann Sheridan, Ruth Chatterton, Edmund Goulding, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland

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George Brent (15 March 1904 – 26 May 1979) was an Irish-born American stage, film, and television actor in American cinema.

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Early life

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Brent was born George Patrick Nolan in Ballinasloe, County Galway, in 1904 to John J. and Mary (née McGuinness) Nolan. His mother was a native of Clonfad, Moore, County Roscommon. During the Irish War of Independence (1919–1922), Brent was part of the IRA. He fled Ireland with a bounty set on his head by the British government, although he later claimed only to have been a courier for guerrilla leader and tactician Michael Collins. According to Ballinasloe Life (Volume 2, Issue 4, Oct/Nov 2012), it appears that the Irish War of Independence careers of three different men named George Nolan (Brent and two others; one from County Dublin and the other from County Offaly) were conflated, which may explain some of the discrepancies regarding Brent's year of birth, life, and activities during 1919-22. Ironically, in light of his presumed IRA activities, on Brent's 18 March 1935 immigration document (Declaration of Intention, #70088), he listed his race as "Irish" but his nationality as "British".

Career

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Brent returned to the United States in 1921. Some time later he toured with a production of Abie's Irish Rose. During the next five years, he acted in stock companies in Colorado, Rhode Island, Florida, and Massachusetts. In 1930, he appeared on Broadway in Love, Honor, and Betray, alongside Clark Gable.

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He eventually moved to Hollywood, and made his first film, Under Suspicion, in 1930. Over the next two years, he appeared in a number of minor films produced by Universal Studios and Fox, before being signed to contract by Warner Bros. in 1932. He remained at Warner Bros. for the next 20 years, carving out a successful career as a top-flight leading man during the late 1930s and 1940s.

Highly regarded by Bette Davis, he became her most frequent male co-star, appearing with her in 13 films, including Front Page Woman (1935), Special Agent (1935), The Golden Arrow (1936), Jezebel (1938), The Old Maid (1939), Dark Victory (1939), and The Great Lie (1941). Brent also played opposite Ruby Keeler in 42nd Street (1933), Greta Garbo in The Painted Veil (1934), Ginger Rogers in In Person (1935), Madeleine Carroll in The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936), Jean Arthur in More Than a Secretary (1936), Myrna Loy in Stamboul Quest (1934) and The Rains Came (1939), Merle Oberon in 'Til We Meet Again (1940), Ann Sheridan in Honeymoon for Three (1941), Joan Fontaine in The Affairs of Susan (1945), Barbara Stanwyck in So Big! (1932), The Purchase Price (1932), Baby Face (1933),The Gay Sisters (1942), and My Reputation (1946), Claudette Colbert in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Dorothy McGuire in The Spiral Staircase (1946), Lucille Ball in Lover Come Back (1946), and Yvonne De Carlo in Slave Girl (1947).

Brent drifted into "B" pictures from the late 1940s and retired from film in 1953. He continued to appear on television until 1960, having appeared on the religion anthology series, Crossroads. He was cast in the lead in the 1956 television series, Wire Service. In 1978, he made one last film, the made-for-television production Born Again.

George Brent received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the first, at 1709 Vine St., for his film contributions, the second star, at 1614 Vine St., for his work in television.

Personal life

Brent was married five times: Helen Louise Campbell (1925–1927), Ruth Chatterton (1932–1934), Constance Worth (1937), Ann Sheridan (1942–1943), and Janet Michaels (1947-1974). Chatterton, Worth, and Sheridan were also actresses. Chatterton and Sheridan were both fellow Warner Bros. players. His final marriage to Janet Michaels, a former model and dress designer, lasted 27 years until her death in 1974. They had a son and a daughter.

Brent also carried on a lengthy relationship with his frequent Warner Bros. co-star, actress Bette Davis, who described her last meeting with Brent after many years of estrangement. He was suffering from advanced emphysema, and she expressed great sadness at his ill health and deterioration. George Brent died in 1979 in Solana Beach, California.

Short subjects

  • A Dream Comes True (1935)
  • Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
  • Filmography

    Actor
    1978
    Born Again as
    Judge Gerhard Gesell
    1960
    The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series) as
    Fred Girard
    - I Know What I'd Have Done (1960) - Fred Girard
    1959
    Rawhide (TV Series) as
    Jefferson Devereaux
    - Incident of the Chubasco (1959) - Jefferson Devereaux
    1957
    El coyote (TV Movie) as
    Colonel Bart Edwards
    1956
    Wire Service (TV Series) as
    Dean Evans
    - The Nameless (1957) - Dean Evans
    - Four Minutes to Shoot (1957) - Dean Evans
    - Violence Preferred (1957) - Dean Evans
    - The Oil Man (1957) - Dean Evans
    - Misfire (1957) - Dean Evans
    - Forbidden Ground (1957) - Dean Evans
    - El Hombre (1957) - Dean Evans
    - Flowers for the General (1957) - Dean Evans
    - Chicago Exclusive (1957) - Dean Evans
    - The Deep End (1956) - Dean Evans
    - Deported (1956) - Dean Evans
    - The Night of August 7th (1956) - Dean Evans
    - Campaign Trail (1956) - Dean Evans
    1956
    Crossroads (TV Series) as
    Father George Ford / Father Raymond
    - The Kid Had a Gun (1956) - Father George Ford
    - The Inner Light (1956) - Father Raymond
    1956
    Death of a Scoundrel as
    O'Connell - Party Guest (uncredited)
    1953
    Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) as
    Sam Bentley
    - The Happy Sun (1956)
    - Medicine Woman (1953) - Sam Bentley
    1956
    Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series) as
    Carter Everton
    - The Fleeting Years (1956) - Carter Everton
    1955
    Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series) as
    Sam Gilmore
    - The Long Day (1955) - Sam Gilmore
    1955
    Studio 57 (TV Series) as
    Paul Winterton / Williams - Army Doctor
    - Death Dream (1955) - Paul Winterton
    - Diagnosis of a Selfish Lady (1955) - Williams - Army Doctor
    1955
    Stage 7 (TV Series) as
    Prof. Michael Balsam
    - The Magic Hat (1955) - Prof. Michael Balsam
    1955
    Fireside Theatre (TV Series) as
    Paul Jarvis
    - It's Easy to Get Ahead (1955)
    - Return in Triumph (1955)
    - The Indiscreet Mrs. Jarvis (1955) - Paul Jarvis
    1955
    Climax! (TV Series)
    - The Leaf Out of the Book (1955)
    1955
    The Indiscreet Mrs. Jarvis (TV Movie) as
    Tom Jarvis
    1953
    The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) as
    John Raleigh / Devlin
    - The Unbroken Promise (1954) - John Raleigh
    - Double Exposure (1953) - Devlin
    1954
    Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (TV Series) as
    Professor Robert Jenssen
    - A Fond Farewell (1954) - Professor Robert Jenssen
    1953
    The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series) as
    John Merrill
    - Key in the Lock (1953) - John Merrill
    1953
    Mexican Manhunt as
    David L. 'Dave' Brady
    1953
    Tangier Incident as
    Steve Gordon
    1952
    Montana Belle as
    Tom Bradfield
    1952
    Man Bait as
    John Harman
    1951
    F.B.I. Girl as
    Jeff Donley
    1949
    Bride for Sale as
    Paul Martin
    1949
    The Kid from Cleveland as
    Mike Jackson
    1949
    Illegal Entry as
    Chief Agent Dan Collins
    1949
    Red Canyon as
    Matthew Bostel
    1948
    Angel on the Amazon as
    Jim Warburton
    1948
    Luxury Liner as
    Captain Jeremy Bradford
    1947
    Christmas Eve as
    Michael Brooks
    1947
    Slave Girl as
    Matt Claibourne - aka Pierre
    1947
    The Corpse Came C.O.D. as
    Joe Medford
    1947
    Out of the Blue as
    Arthur Earthleigh
    1946
    Temptation as
    Nigel Armine
    1946
    Lover Come Back as
    William 'Bill' Williams Jr.
    1946
    The Spiral Staircase as
    Professor Warren
    1946
    My Reputation as
    Major Scott Landis
    1946
    Tomorrow Is Forever as
    Lawrence Hamilton
    1945
    The Affairs of Susan as
    Roger Berton
    1944
    Experiment Perilous as
    Dr. Huntington Bailey
    1942
    Silver Queen as
    James Kincaid
    1942
    You Can't Escape Forever as
    Steve Mitchell
    1942
    The Gay Sisters as
    Charles Barclay
    1942
    In This Our Life as
    Craig Fleming
    1942
    Twin Beds as
    Mike Abbott
    1941
    International Lady as
    Tim Hanley
    1941
    They Dare Not Love as
    Prince Kurt von Rotenberg
    1941
    The Great Lie as
    Peter
    1941
    Honeymoon for Three as
    Kenneth Bixby
    1940
    South of Suez as
    John Gamble
    1940
    The Man Who Talked Too Much as
    Stephen M. Forbes
    1940
    'Til We Meet Again as
    Dan Hardesty
    1940
    Adventure in Diamonds as
    Capt. Stephen Dennett
    1940
    The Fighting 69th as
    'Wild Bill' Donovan
    1939
    The Rains Came as
    Tom Ransome
    1939
    The Old Maid as
    Clem Spender
    1939
    Dark Victory as
    Dr. Frederick Steele
    1939
    Wings of the Navy as
    Cass Harrington
    1938
    Swingtime in the Movies (Short) as
    George Brent (uncredited)
    1938
    Secrets of an Actress as
    Dick Orr
    1938
    Racket Busters as
    Denny Jordan
    1938
    Jezebel as
    Buck Cantrell
    1938
    Gold Is Where You Find It as
    Jared Whitney
    1937
    Submarine D-1 as
    Lt. Commander Matthews
    1937
    The Go Getter as
    Bill Austin
    1937
    Mountain Justice as
    Paul Cameron
    1937
    God's Country and the Woman as
    Steve Russett
    1936
    More Than a Secretary as
    Fred Gilbert
    1936
    Give Me Your Heart as
    Jim Baker
    1936
    The Golden Arrow as
    Johnny Jones
    1936
    The Case Against Mrs. Ames as
    Matt Logan
    1936
    Snowed Under as
    Alan Tanner
    1935
    In Person as
    Emory Muir
    1935
    The Goose and the Gander as
    Bob McNear
    1935
    Special Agent as
    Bill Bradford
    1935
    Front Page Woman as
    Curt Devlin
    1935
    Stranded as
    Mack Hale
    1935
    Living on Velvet as
    Terry Parker
    1935
    The Right to Live as
    Colin Trent
    1934
    The Painted Veil as
    Jack Townsend
    1934
    Desirable as
    Stuart McAllister
    1934
    Housewife as
    William Reynolds
    1934
    Stamboul Quest as
    Douglas Beall
    1933
    From Headquarters as
    Lieut. J. Stevens
    1933
    Female as
    Jim Thorne
    1933
    Baby Face as
    Courtland Trenholm
    1933
    Lilly Turner as
    Bob Chandler
    1933
    The Keyhole as
    Neil Davis
    1933
    42nd Street as
    Pat Denning
    1933
    Luxury Liner as
    Dr. Thomas Bernard
    1932
    They Call It Sin as
    Dr. Travers
    1932
    The Crash as
    Geoffrey Gault
    1932
    The Purchase Price as
    Jim Gilson
    1932
    Week-End Marriage as
    Peter Acton
    1932
    Miss Pinkerton as
    Police Inspector Patten
    1932
    The Rich Are Always with Us as
    Julian Tierney
    1932
    So Big! as
    Roelf Pool
    1931
    The Lightning Warrior as
    Alan Scott
    1931
    Homicide Squad as
    Jimmy
    1931
    Ex-Bad Boy as
    Donald Swift
    1931
    Charlie Chan Carries On as
    Capt. Ronald Keane
    1931
    Fair Warning as
    Les Haines
    1931
    Once a Sinner as
    James Brent
    1930
    Under Suspicion as
    Inspector Turner
    1924
    The Iron Horse as
    Worker (uncredited)
    Soundtrack
    1945
    The Affairs of Susan (performer: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
    1935
    Living on Velvet (performer: "Isle of Capri" (1934) - uncredited)
    Self
    1971
    The Movie Crazy Years (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1955
    The George Gobel Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - George Brent (1955) - Self
    1945
    Breakdowns of 1944 (Short) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1942
    Breakdowns of 1942 (Short) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1937
    Breakdowns of 1937 (Short) as
    Self
    1935
    Things You Never See on the Screen (Short) as
    Self
    1935
    A Dream Comes True (Documentary short) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1933
    Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 (Short) as
    Self
    Archive Footage
    2017
    The Forsaken Westerns (TV Series) as
    Narrator
    - The Assassin (2017) - Narrator
    2014
    Reabhloidithe Hollywood (Documentary) as
    Self
    2006
    Jezebel: Legend of the South (Video documentary short) as
    Self / Buck Cantrell
    2000
    Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (Video documentary)
    1983
    Arena (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) - Self
    1983
    Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (Documentary) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1981
    Presidential Blooper Reel (Video) as
    Self
    1963
    Hollywood: The Great Stars (TV Movie documentary) as
    Dr. Frederick Steele (uncredited)
    1940
    Breakdowns of 1940 (Documentary short) as
    Self
    1939
    Land of Liberty as
    Buck Cantrell (edited from 'Jezebel')
    1938
    Out Where the Stars Begin (Short) as
    Actor in Clip from 'Gold Is Where You Find It' (uncredited)
    1938
    Breakdowns of 1938 (Documentary short) as
    Buck Cantrell (Jezebel outtakes) (uncredited)
    1936
    Breakdowns of 1936 (Short) as
    Self

    References

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