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George Brent (born George Patrick _[or George Brendan]_ Nolan, 15 March 1904 – 26 May 1979) was an Irish-American stage, film, and television actor.

Brent was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1904 to John J. and Mary (née McGuinness) Nolan. His mother was a native of Clonfad, Moore, County Roscommon.

Brent 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.

In 1960, Brent was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars. He received a motion-pictures star located at 1709 Vine Street, and a second star located at 1612 Vine Street for his work in television.

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). 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Brent (born George Patrick _[or George Brendan]_ Nolan, 15 March 1904 – 26 May 1979) was an Irish-American stage, film, and television actor.

Brent was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1904 to John J. and Mary (née McGuinness) Nolan. His mother was a native of Clonfad, Moore, County Roscommon.

Brent 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.

In 1960, Brent was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars. He received a motion-pictures star located at 1709 Vine Street, and a second star located at 1612 Vine Street for his work in television.

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). 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 97

Birthday 1904-03-15

Day of Death 1979-05-26

Place of Birth Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland

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Also Known As

  • George Brendan Nolan
  • George B. Nolan
  • George Nolan
  • George Patrick Nolan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1956 Wire Service (35 episodes)
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1953 Mexican Manhunt as David L. 'Dave' Brady
1952 Montana Belle as Tom Bradfield
1952 The Last Page as John Harman
1951 FBI Girl as FBI Agent Jeff Donley
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
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 Luxury Liner as Captain Jeremy Bradford
1948 Angel on the Amazon as Jim Warburton
1947 Christmas Eve as Michael Brooks
1947 Slave Girl as Matt Claibourne
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 Bill Williams
1946 Tomorrow Is Forever as Lawrence Hamilton
1946 The Spiral Staircase as Professor Warren
1946 My Reputation as Major Scott Landis
1945 The Affairs of Susan as Roger Berton
1944 Experiment Perilous as Dr. Huntington Bailey
1944 Breakdowns of 1944 as Himself
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
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 International Lady as Tim Hanley
1941 They Dare Not Love as Prince Kurt von Rotenberg
1941 The Great Lie as Peter 'Pete' Van Allen
1941 Honeymoon for Three as Kenneth Bixby
1940 South of Suez as John Gamble
1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much as Stephen Forbes
1940 'Til We Meet Again as Dan Hardesty
1940 Adventure in Diamonds as Capt. Stephen Dennett
1940 The Fighting 69th as Maj. Wild Bill Donovan
1940 Breakdowns of 1940 as Himself
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 Secrets of an Actress as Richard 'Dick' Orr
1938 Racket Busters as Denny Jordan
1938 Out Where the Stars Begin as Himself, clip from 'Gold Is Where You Find It' (archive footage)
1938 Jezebel as Buck Cantrell
1938 Gold Is Where You Find It as Jared Whitney
1938 Swingtime in the Movies as Himself (uncredited)
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1937 Submarine D-1 as Lt. Commander Dan Matthews
1937 The Go-Getter as Bill Austin
1937 Mountain Justice as Paul Cameron
1937 Breakdowns of 1937 as Himself
1937 God's Country and the Woman as Steve Russett
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Himself
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 A Dream Comes True as Himself (uncredited)
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
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 McAllister
1934 Housewife as William H. Reynolds
1934 Stamboul Quest as Douglas Beall
1933 Female as Jim Thorne
1933 From Headquarters as Lt. Jim Stevens
1933 Baby Face as Courtland Trenholm
1933 Lilly Turner as Bob
1933 The Keyhole as Neil Davis
1933 42nd Street as Pat Denning
1933 Luxury Liner as Dr. Karl Bernhard
1932 They Call It Sin as Dr. Tony Travers
1932 The Crash as Geoffrey Gault
1932 The Purchase Price as Jim Gilson
1932 Miss Pinkerton as Police Inspector Patten
1932 Week-End Marriage as Peter Acton
1932 The Rich Are Always with Us as Julian Tierney
1932 So Big! as Roelf Pool (as an adult)
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

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