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George Brent

Highly regarded by Bette Davis, he became her most frequent male co-star, appearing with her in 13 films, including Jezebel (1938), The Old Maid (1939), Dark Victory (1939), and The Great Lie (1941).

George Brent



Under Suspicion



Once a Sinner

Fair Warning

Charlie Chan Carries On

Ex-Bad Boy

The Homicide Squad

The Lightning Warrior



So Big!  

The Rich Are Always With Us  

Week-End Marriage

The Purchase Price

Miss Pinkerton

The Crash

They Call It Sin



42nd Street

Luxury Liner

The Keyhole

Lilly Turner

Baby Face


From Headquarters



Stamboul Quest



The Painted Veil



The Right to Live

Living on Velvet


Front Page Woman

Special Agent

The Goose and the Gander

In Person



Snowed Under

The Case Against Mrs. Ames

The Golden Arrow

Give Me Your Heart

More Than a Secretary

Snowed Under



God’s Country and the Woman

Mountain Justice

The Go Getter

Submarine D-1



Gold Is Where You Find It


Racket Busters

Secrets of an Actress



Wings of the Navy

Dark Victory

The Old Maid

The Rains Came



The Fighting 69th

Adventure in Diamonds

‘Til We Meet Again

The Man Who Talked Too Much

South of Suez



Honeymoon for Three

The Great Lie

They Dare Not Love

International Lady



Twin Beds

In This Our Life

The Gay Sisters

You Can’t Escape Forever

Silver Queen



Experiment Perilous



The Affairs of Susan



The Spiral Staircase

Tomorrow Is Forever

My Reputation

Lover Come Back




Out of the Blue

The Corpse Came C.O.D.

Slave Girl

Christmas Eve



Luxury Liner

Angel on the Amazon



Red Canyon

Illegal Entry

The Kid from Cleveland

Bride for Sale



FBI Girl



The Last Page

Montana Belle



Tangier Incident

Mexican Manhunt



Death of a Scoundrel


George Brent was never nominated for an Academy Award.

No woman will ever own me, I own myself. ~ George Brent

George Brent was born George Patrick Nolan in Ballinasloe, County Galway on March 15, 1904 to John J. and Mary (née McGuinness) Nolan. 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.

Brent came 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.

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.

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.

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