Person Details

Birthday: 1904-03-15 10:06:21

Death: 1979-05-26 10:06:21

Aliases: George Brendan Nolan , George B. Nolan , George Nolan , George Patrick Nolan

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland


Movie Involvements: 65

TV Involvements: 1

Most Famous Work


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia George Brent (born George Patrick [or George Brendan] Nolan, 15 March 1904 – 26 May 1979) was an Irish-American stage, film, and television actor. Brent was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1904 to John J. and Mary (née McGuinness) Nolan. His mother was a native of Clonfad, Moore, County Roscommon. Brent 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, having appeared on the religion anthology series Crossroads. He was cast in the lead in the 1956 television series Wire Service. In 1978, he made one last film, the made-for-television production Born Again. In 1960, Brent was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars. 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. 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). 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.

Most Famous Work

Baby Face

Baby Face

(1933) Courtland Trenholm
The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase

(1946) Professor Warren
Dark Victory

Dark Victory

(1939) Dr. Frederick Steele


(1938) Buck Cantrell
The Great Lie

The Great Lie

(1941) Peter 'Pete' Van Allen
The Fighting 69th

The Fighting 69th

(1940) Wild Bill Donovan
In This Our Life

In This Our Life

(1942) Craig Fleming


(1933) Jim Thorne


Year Character Movie/Tv
1983 Himself (archive footage)
1959 N/A
1956 Man with Balloon at Party
Dean Evans
1954 N/A
1953 David L. 'Dave' Brady
Steve Gordon
1952 Tom Bradfield
John Harman
1951 Jeff Donley
1949 Paul Martin
Mike Jackson
Chief Agent Dan Collins
Matthew Bostel
1948 Captain Jeremy Bradford
Jim Warburton
1947 Michael Brooks
Matt Claibourne
Joe Medford
Arthur Earthleigh
1946 Nigel Armine
Bill Williams
Lawrence Hamilton
Professor Warren
Major Scott Landis
1945 Roger Berton
1944 Dr. Huntington Bailey
1942 James Kincaid
Steve Mitchell
Charles Barclay
Craig Fleming
Mike Abbott
1941 Tim Hanley
Prince Kurt von Rotenberg
Peter 'Pete' Van Allen
Kenneth Bixby
1940 John Gamble
Stephen Forbes
Dan Hardesty
Capt. Stephen Dennett
Wild Bill Donovan
1939 Tom Ransome
Clem Spender
Dr. Frederick Steele
Cass Harrington
1938 Himself (uncredited)
Richard 'Dick' Orr
Denny Jordan
Jared Whitney (archive footage)
Buck Cantrell
Jared Whitney
1937 Lt. Commander Dan Matthews
Bill Austin
Paul Cameron
Steve Russett
1936 Himself
Fred Gilbert
James 'Jim' Baker
Johnny Jones
Matt Logan
Alan Tanner
1935 Himself (uncredited)
Emory Muir
Bob McNear
Bill Bradford
Curt Devlin
Mack Hale
Terry Parker
Colin Trent
1934 Jack Townsend
William H. Reynolds
Douglas Beall
1933 Jim Thorne
Lt. Jim Stevens
Courtland Trenholm
Bob Chandler
Neil Davis
Pat Denning
Dr. Karl Bernhard
1932 Dr. Tony Travers
Geoffrey Gault
Jim Gilson
Peter Acton
Police Inspector Patten
Julian Tierney
Adult Roelf Pool
1931 Alan Scott
Donald Swift
Capt. Ronald Keane
Les Haines
James Brent
1930 Inspector Turner
Year Character Movie/Tv

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