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Brian Aherne

Born on May 2, 1902 in King's Norton, Worcestshire, England, Aherne performed as an actor as a child. At age 18 he made his debut as an adult with the company that would evolve into the world-famous Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Three years later, he made his debut in London's West End, the English equivalent of Broadway. After his experience in Birmingham, Aherne studied architecture, but a life as an actor was too strong to resist, so he returned to the theater in 1923. He also appeared in eight silent feature in Britain between 1924 and 1928, the most notable of which is "Shooting Star" (1928), producer, director, actor and writer Anthony Asquith's first effort which was a great success and was restored in 2016 by the British Film Institute. In 1931, he made his Broadway debut playing Robert Browning in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street." However, Hollywood discovred Aherne in the 1930's, and he went on to become very popular in leading and supporting roles in both American and British films. In 1940, he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for Juarez (1939) for playing the Emperor Maximillian. Brian Aherne published his autobiography in 1969, and 10 years later, he published a biography of his friend George Sanders, entitled "A Dreadful Man". He died at age 83 of heart failure on February 10, 1986 in Venice, Florida.

Selected films of this star available for viewing:

Shooting Stars (1928)

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