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March 17, 2022

35 Portrait Photos of George Brent in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1904 in Ballinasloe, Ireland, Irish-American actor George Brent made his Broadway debut in director Guthrie McClintic’s The Dover Road. He did numerous plays throughout the 1920s. He moved to Hollywood and made his first film for 20th Century Fox, Under Suspicion (1930).

At Universal, he was seventh billed for Ex-Bad Boy (1931) and fifth for Homicide Squad (1931), then was in the Rin Tin Tin serial The Lightning Warrior (1931) at Mascot Pictures. He was signed by Warner Bros. in 1931, where he played Barbara Stanwyck’s leading man in So Big! (1932). This established him as a leading man for female stars.

Brent is best remembered for the eleven films he made with Bette Davis, which included Jezebel (1938) and Dark Victory (1939). In 1978, he made one last film, the made-for-television production Born Again.

Brent suffered from emphysema and died of natural causes in 1979 in Solana Beach, California. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars in 1960. 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.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young George Brent in the 1930s and 1940s.


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