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George Arliss, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

George Arliss: Best Actor 1929/30: MovieActors.com

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DISRAELI (Drama)

George Arliss received his Oscar for playing Britain's Prime Minister Disraeli who worked for Queen Victoria.

It should be noted that when Arliss won this Oscar, it was his third time around playing this character. In 1911, George Arliss played British Prime Minister Disraeli on the stage and in 1921 he performed in the silent film version.







About George Arliss (1868 – 1946)

George Arliss is a distinguished British stage actor whose real name was George Augustus Andrews. He was born in London, England on April 10th, 1868.

Arliss won an Oscar for his portrayal of the title character in the 1929 film, DISRAELI, a British Prime Minister. Arliss had portrayed the Prime Minister both on the stage and in the 1921 silent film by the same name.

Arliss had a young protege, Bette Davis, whose career he helped jump start.

George Arliss married the love of his life, actress Florence Arliss in September of 1899. They had no children, but enjoyed a long marriage together.

George Arliss had plenty of experience on the stage and in silent movies. He voices his opinion on the difference between a film and a live play on the stage. "The talking picture is like a dress rehearsal in the theatre. It never gets those moments of inspiration when an audience lifts an actor out of himself. So I say that no player in pictures can ever be seen at his best." Of course, this was before method acting became popular.

George Arliss was also philosophical about the adventures and reversals of fortune in life. "Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life." However, on at least one occasion, he reportedly identified himself as the world's greatest living actor. "You see, I am on oath," he quipped.

George Arliss died on February 5th, 1946, in London, England at the age of 77.

George Arliss's notable movie credits include...

DISRAELI (1929)
THE GREEN GODDESS (1930)
OLD ENGLISH (1930)
MILLIONAIRE (1931)
ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1931)
THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD (1932)
A SUCCESSFUL CALAMITY (1932)
VOLTAIRE (1933)
THE WORKING MAN (1933)
THE KING'S VACATION (1933)
THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD (1934)
THE IRON DUKE (1934)
THE LAST GENTLEMAN (1934)
CARDINAL RICHELIEU (1935)
MISTER HOBO (1935)
MAN OF AFFAIRS (1936)
EAST MEETS WEST (1936)
TRANS-ATLANTIC TUNNEL (1935)
EAST MEETS WEST (1936)
DOCTOR SYN (1937)