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Brian Aherne ACTOR


Brian Aherne was born on May 2nd, 1902 in King's Norton, England with the birth name William Brian de Lacy Aherne.  His parents were William de Lacy Aherne and Louise née Thomas.  He began working in the industry in England as a child actor making his stage debut at the age of nine. He received acting training at the Italia Conti's School in London.  He went on to receive his formal education in Birmingham, England and also at Malvern College studying architecture. 
At the age of eighteen he joined a theater company which later became the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  As his career progressed he would appear on stage in other productions such as, "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1934), "The Flame", "What Every Woman Knows", "The Admirable Crichton", "Aren't We All?", "Prince Valiant" (1954) and "Sword of Lancelot" (1963).
Along with continuing his stage performances he had also broken into the film industry with silent films in 1924.  By the mid 30's he decided to relocate to Hollywood and after taking a role in, "Juarez" (1930) for which he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.  
As his career progressed he had no issues transitioning from silent films to talkies with his debut in, "Madame Guillotine" (1931) and soon he was appearing on more Hollywood films such as, "I Live My Life" (1935), "Merrily We Live" (1938), "Vigil in the Night" (1940), "The Locket, Titanic" (1953) and  "The Best of Everything" (1959)
Aherne married twice throughout his lifetime.  His first wife was actress Joan Fontaine whom he wed in 1939 and divorced in 1945.  He then married Eleanor de Liagre Labrot in 1946 and they remained married until he passed away at the age of eighty three, on February 10th, 1986 in Venice, Florida after suffering from heart failure. 
Prior to his passing he published an autobiography titled, 'A Proper Job' in 1969 and in 1979, 'A Dreadful Man'.  He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  


1967 Rosie! 
1964 The Cavern
1963 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1963 Sword of Lancelot 
1961 Rawhide 
1961 Wagon Train
1961 Susan Slade 
1960 Twilight Zone
1959 The Best of Everything 
1959 Goodyear Theatre 
1957 Studio 57 
1956 The Errol Flynn Theatre
1956 Crossroads
1956 Cavalcade of America 
1956 Climax
1956 The Swan 
1955-1956 The Star and the Story 
1955 Producers' Showcase
1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater 
1955 G.E. True Theater 
1954 A Bullet Is Waiting 
1954 Prince Valiant 
1950-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents 
1953 Titanic 
1953 I Confess 
1951-1953 Lux Video Theatre 
1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 
1951 The Billy Rose Show 
1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre 
1950 The Ford Theatre Hour
1948 Angel on the Amazon
1948 Smart Woman 
1946 The Locket
1943 What a Woman
1943 First Comes Courage 
1943 Forever and a Day 
1942 A Night to Remember 
1942 My Sister Eileen 
1941 Skylark 
1941 Smilin' Through 
1941 The Man Who Lost Himself 
1940 Hired Wife 
1940 The Lady in Question 
1940 My Son, My Son! 
1940 Vigil in the Night 
1939 Captain Fury
1939 Juarez 
1938 Merrily We Live 
1937 The Great Garrick 
1936 Beloved Enemy 
1935 Sylvia Scarlett 
1935 I Live My Life 
1934 What Every Woman Knows
1934 The Fountain
1933 The Constant Nymph
1933 The Song of Songs 
1931 Madame Guillotine 
1930 The W Plan
1929 Underground 
1928 Shooting Stars 
1927 A Woman Redeemed 
1926 Safety First 
1925 The Squire of Long Hadley
1925 King of the Castle 
1924 The Eleventh Commandment

Matinee Classics - Smilin' Through starring Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Ian Hunter, Frances Robinson, Patrick O'Moore, Eric Lonsdale, Jackie Horner, David Clyde, Frances Carson and Ruth Rickaby

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