Georges Renavent (April 23, 1894 – January 2, 1969) was an
American actor in film, Broadway plays and operator of American Grand Guignol.
He was born in Paris, France.
His first American film appearance was in The Seven Sisters
(1915). Fourteen years later, Renavent played an impressive starring role as
the Kinkajou in the musical spectacular, Rio Rita (1929).
Rio Rita was based on a 1927 stage musical by Florenz
Ziegfeld, which originally united Wheeler and Woolsey as a team and made them
famous. In 1929, Radio Pictures, later known as RKO Radio Pictures, purchased
the film rights to this musical. The last portion of the film was photographed
Renavent also starred in East of Borneo (1931), which was one
of the most frequently telecast films of the 1950s and 1960s. East of Borneo
starred Rose Hobart as Linda, the wife of African missionary Dr. Clark (Charles
Bickford). whom she finds he's been living in luxury as court physician of the
Prince of Marudu (Renavent).
East of Borneo went on to achieve latter-day fame when
avant-garde filmmaker Joseph Cornell spliced together all of the leading lady's
close-ups, and came up with a surrealistic exercise titled Rose Hobart (1936).
When Cornell screened the film, Salvador Dalí was in attendance. Dalí was
incensed that Cornell had created such a masterpiece before he could.
In 1936, Renavent played opposite Boris Karloff and Bela
Lugosi in The Invisible Ray (1936). He appeared in Hal Roach's Turnabout
(1940). His final film was made in 1952, when he played Ortega in Mara Maru,
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