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George Arliss

(1868-1946), Actor

George Arliss (Augustus George Andrews)

Sitter in 7 portraits
Arliss (born Andrews) began his acting career on the stage in the English provinces in 1886 and by 1900 he was playing in London's West End. He moved to America in 1901, where he lived and worked for the next twenty years. In 1911, Arliss played the title role in the hugely successful Disraeli, a play written for him by Louis Napoleon Parker. He toured with this role for five years, and the play was adapted for the screen in 1929. Arliss's first film was The Devil (1921), followed by Disraeli and several other silent films. He went on to make many sound films, including The Man Who Played God (1932), in which Bette Davis played her first leading role.

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George Arliss, by Alice Boughton - NPG P184

George Arliss

by Alice Boughton
vintage bromide print, exhibited 1911
NPG P184

George Arliss, by Baron Adolph de Meyer - NPG P167

George Arliss

by Baron Adolph de Meyer
vintage bromide print, 1918
NPG P167

George Arliss, by Fred R. Archer - NPG x25011

George Arliss

by Fred R. Archer
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x25011

George Arliss, by Herbert Photos - NPG x138059

George Arliss

by Herbert Photos
vintage print, circa 1911
NPG x138059


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