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C. Aubrey Smith is a Actor British born on 21 july 1863 at London (United-kingdom)

C. Aubrey Smith

C. Aubrey Smith
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 21 july 1863 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 20 december 1948 (at 85 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Sir Charles Aubrey Smith ou C. Aubrey Smith, CBE, est un acteur et joueur de cricket international britannique né à Londres le 21 juillet 1863 et décédé à Beverly Hills le 20 décembre 1948.

Biography

Jeunesse et éducation
Charles Aubrey Smith naît à Londres (Angleterre, Royaume-Uni) le 21 juillet 1863. Il étudie à la Charterhouse School en Angleterre et à l’université de Cambridge. Son père, médecin, emprunte de l'argent à son frère pour pouvoir l'éduquer. L'une des premières personnes à l'initier au cricket est Julius Caesar, ancien joueur professionnel du Surrey County Cricket Club et du All-England Eleven. Smith fait ses débuts en first-class cricket avec le Cambridge University Cricket Club dès sa première année à Cambridge. Il participe quatre fois au match traditionnel contre Oxford.


Carrière sportive

Smith débute avec le Sussex County Cricket Club en 1882. En 1887-1888, il est capitaine d'une équipe anglaise qui effectue une tournée en Australie. Alfred Shaw, Arthur Shrewsbury et James Lillywhite en sont les promoteurs.

En 1888-1889, il est capitaine de la première équipe anglaise en visite en Afrique du Sud. Dix-neuf rencontres sont disputées, et Smith prend notamment 134 wickets — il élimine cent-trente-quatre joueurs par ses lancers. Deux des matchs y sont tenus sous le nom « English Team v. Eleven of South Africa » (littéralement, « Équipe anglaise contre Onze sud-africain »), et Smith participe au premier d'entre eux. Ils seront rétrospectivement considérés comme des matchs de Test cricket, et Smith est ainsi crédité d'une sélection avec l'équipe d'Angleterre, et l'équipe d'Afrique du Sud de sa première apparition à ce niveau. La même saison est organisée l'édition inaugurale de la Currie Cup, la compétition de first-class cricket sud-africaine. Il est à la tête de l'équipe du Transvaal qui dispute le premier match de ce tournoi.

Il ne rentre pas en Angleterre à l'issue de la tournée mais reste quelque temps en Afrique du Sud où il fait des affaires avec son coéquipier Monty Bowden, lui aussi membre de l'équipe anglaise. Il dispute des rencontres avec le Sussex jusqu'en 1896.


Carrière artistique

Repères biographiques

Surnoms : « The Grand Old Man of Cricket » (à Hollywood) et « Round the Corner » (lors de sa carrière sportive).
Franc-maçon.
Il a joué également au football pour le club des Corinthians.
En octobre 1889, on annonça à tort qu’il avait succombé à une inflammation des poumons suite à l’avis des docteurs qui le pensaient mort des suites de la pneumonie qu’il avait contractée.
Il épouse en 1896 Isobel May Wood, union qui durera plus de 50 ans.
Sa sœur l’actrice Beryl Faber, née Beryl Crossley Smith (décédée en mai 1912 à Londres à l’âge de 40 ans), était l’épouse de l’écrivain anglais Cosmo Hamilton.
À l’écran il incarnait l’anglais typique (pompeux, distingué, sévère et sans humour) sans caricaturer car il était ainsi dans la vie. Il avait l’habitude de faire lever l’Union Jack quotidiennement dans sa maison près de Mulholland Drive et sur le terrain de cricket de son club le dimanche, de lever un toast au Roi d’Angleterre lors des fêtes et d’être prude concernant les mœurs sexuelles. Il habitait une maison au 2881 Coldwater Canyon Drive à Beverly Hills (qu’il surnomma « The Round Corner » en raison de sa situation à la jonction avec Mulholland Drive et de son surnom sur les terrain de cricket), maison faisant office de semi ambassade pour tous les expatriés anglais à Hollywood. Il était le leader incontesté de la colonie britannique à cette époque.
À la ville sa passion du cricket l’emportait aussi sur sa façon de s’habiller, portant le pantalon de flanelle blanc et le blazer rayé mauve et noir dans les clubs de danse des hôtels de Hollywood.
Il fonde en février 1932 le Hollywood Cricket Club, surveillant la construction du terrain (insistant pour y planter des graines de gazons anglais) et d’un pavillon à Griffith Park sur les collines d’ Hollywood et dénommés le 21 mai 1933 « The C. Aubrey Smith Cricket Field » (ces constructions n’ayant pas subsisté à la transformation en centre équestre pour les jeux olympiques de 1984). David Niven, Nigel Bruce, Basil Rathbone, George Arliss, Boris Karloff (qui tenait le guichet), Laurence Olivier et P.G. Wodehouse étaient parmi les habitués des lieux lors des parties du dimanche. Smith demeura un membre actif du club jusqu'à plus de 70 ans et était fier de n’avoir pratiquement pas manqué un rendez vous dominical de cricket en presque 60 ans. Il resta président du club jusqu’en 1948, très peu de temps avant son décès léguant au club les royalties de ses participations à des films tels que Le Prisonnier de Zenda.
Il a été anobli par le roi George VI en 1944 largement pour l’image positive de l’Angleterre qu’il donna à l’écran.
Incinéré à sa mort, ses cendres furent transportées dans son pays natal pour être inhumées dans une tombe familiale contenant les restes de sa mère Sarah Annie Smith et de ses sœurs Myrtie Bedell Smith et Beryl Crosley Hamilton.
Il a inspiré le personnage du Commander McBragg du dessin animé Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963), qui apparaît également dans un épisode de la série animée Les Simpson en 2006 intitulé « The Seemingly Never-Ending Story ».

Best films

Waterloo Bridge (1940)
(Actor)
Morning Glory (1933)
(Actor)
The Hurricane (1937)
(Actor)
Trader Horn (1931)
(Actor)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of C. Aubrey Smith (106 films)

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Actor

Little Women, 2h1
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about families, Political films, Children's films
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Peter Lawford
Roles Mr. Laurence
Rating73% 3.65043.65043.65043.65043.6504
In the small town of Concord, Massachusetts, during the Civil War, the March sisters — Meg (Janet Leigh), Jo (June Allyson), Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) and Beth (Margaret O'Brien) — live with their mother in a state of genteel poverty, their father having lost the family's fortune to an unscrupulous businessman several years earlier. While Mr. March (Leon Ames) serves in the Union Army, Mrs. March (Mary Astor), affectionately referred to as "Marmee" by her daughters, holds the family together and teaches the girls the importance of giving to those less fortunate than themselves, especially during the upcoming Christmas season. Though the spoiled and vain Amy often bemoans the family's lack of material wealth and social status, Jo, an aspiring writer, keeps everyone entertained with her stories and plays, while the youngest March, the shy and sensitive Beth, accompanies Jo's productions on an out-of-tune piano.
Unconquered, 2h26
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Rosson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance, Western
Actors Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff, Henry Wilcoxon, Cecil Kellaway
Roles Lord Chief Justice
Rating69% 3.4907753.4907753.4907753.4907753.490775
Based on Neil Swanson's Unconquered, a Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy, the film focuses on "Abby" Hale (Paulette Goddard), who is condemned to death by a British court, then offered clemency if she will become an indentured servant in America. There is a bidding competition between Captain Christopher Holden (Gary Cooper) and Martin Garth (Howard Da Silva), which Holden wins. He then sets her free. Unfortunately, Garth is a sore loser; he kidnaps Abby and takes her to the western frontier, where he is involved in illegal arms sales to the Native Americans. Soon, Holden becomes involved in the conflict with the warring tribes and is reunited with Abby; he also has further confrontations with Garth and his henchman (Mike Mazurki).
An Ideal Husband, 2h5
Directed by Alexander Korda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Paulette Goddard, Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, Hugh Williams, C. Aubrey Smith, Glynis Johns
Roles Earl of Caversham
Rating64% 3.24653.24653.24653.24653.2465
A mysterious lady attempts to blackmail a respected politician into giving a speech in parliament that supports her interests.
Cluny Brown, 1h40
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Richard Haydn, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner
Roles Charles "Duff" Graham
Rating74% 3.7431853.7431853.7431853.7431853.743185
A plumber's niece (Jennifer Jones) and a refugee (Charles Boyer) meet in England prior to World War II, and Una O'Connor, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen, and Richard Haydn are around to take up what slack there is.
Terror by Night, 1h
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Frederick Worlock, Billy Bevan
Roles Elderly gentleman on train station (uncredited)
Rating68% 3.447353.447353.447353.447353.44735
In London, Vivian Vedder (Renee Godfrey) verifies that a carpenter has completed a coffin for her recently deceased mother's body, which she is transporting to Scotland by train. She boards the train that evening, as do Lady Margaret Carstairs (Mary Forbes), who owns and is transporting the famous Star of Rhodesia diamond; Lady Margaret's son Roland (Geoffrey Steele); Holmes, whom Roland has hired to protect the diamond; Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey), who is also worried about the diamond's safety; and Watson and his friend Major Duncan-Bleek (Alan Mowbray). Holmes briefly examines the diamond.
Rendezvous with Annie, 1h29
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Eddie Albert, Faye Marlowe, Gail Patrick, Phillip Reed, Raymond Walburn, C. Aubrey Smith
Roles Archibald Clyde
Rating63% 3.178663.178663.178663.178663.17866
Ex serviceman Jeffrey Dolan is held incarcerated in a New Jersey jail, suspected of murder. He gets a visit from a nicht ckub singer, Dolores Starr, and recapitulates the events leading him to his current miserable situation.
And Then There Were None, 1h37
Directed by René Clair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Richard Haydn
Roles John Mandrake
Rating74% 3.7445453.7445453.7445453.7445453.744545
Eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to small, isolated Indian Island off the coast of Devon, England, by Mr. and Mrs. Owen. They settle in at a mansion tended by two newly hired servants, Thomas and Ethel Rogers, but their hosts are absent. When the guests sit down to dinner, they notice the centerpiece, ten figurines of Indians in a circle. Afterward, Thomas Rogers puts on a gramophone record, from which a voice accuses them all of murder:
Scotland Yard Investigator, 1h8
Directed by George Blair
Origin USA
Genres Action, Crime
Actors Edgar Barrier, Stephanie Bachelor, Erich von Stroheim, C. Aubrey Smith, Lionel Atwill, Forrester Harvey
Roles James Collison
Rating63% 3.1808953.1808953.1808953.1808953.180895
When Paris is liberated during World War II, the Louvre administration plans to fetch the Mona Lisa from its safehouse in the National Art Gallery in London. The man in charge of the Mona Lisa's safety is none other than Sir James Collison, director of the National Gallery. In regards to the safety of the Mona Lisa, Collison works closely together with his granddaughter Tony.
Madame Curie, 2h4
Directed by Harry Beaumont, Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Actors Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann, C. Aubrey Smith, May Whitty
Roles Lord Kelvin
Rating71% 3.5980353.5980353.5980353.5980353.598035
Marie Sklodowska (Greer Garson) is a poor, idealistic student living in Paris and studying at the Sorbonne. She neglects her health and one day faints during class. Her tutor, Prof. Perot (Albert Bassermann) is sympathetic and, finding that she has no friends or family in Paris, invites her to a soirée his wife is throwing for a "few friends" (primarily professors and their wives). Among the many guests is physicist Pierre Curie (Walter Pidgeon), an extremely shy and absentminded man completely devoted to his work. He allows Marie to share his lab and finds that she is a gifted scientist. Appalled that she plans on returning to Poland to teach after graduation, rather than devoting her life to further study, he takes her to visit his family in their country home. Marie and Pierre both tend to concentrate on science to the extent that they don't realize until the last minute they have fallen in love. Even when Pierre asks Marie to be his wife, he does so in terms of reason, logic and chemistry.
The White Cliffs of Dover, 2h6
Directed by Clarence Brown
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Gladys Cooper
Roles Walter Forsythe
Rating70% 3.544523.544523.544523.544523.54452
At the height of World War II, Lady Susan Ashwood (Irene Dunne) is a nurse in a British hospital, awaiting the arrival of some wounded men. She thinks back to how she came to Britain many years before.
The Adventures of Mark Twain, 2h10
Directed by Irving Rapper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Adventure
Themes Films about writers
Actors Fredric March, Alexis Smith, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, C. Aubrey Smith, John Carradine
Roles Oxford Chancellor
Rating70% 3.5436053.5436053.5436053.5436053.543605
A group of people are watching Halley's Comet overhead when Judge Clemens is called away for the birth of his son, Samuel Clemens. The film proceeds to mix in elements of many of Clemens' best-known stories as if they actually occurred. Thus, as he grows up, Sam plays with his friends Huck, Tom, and the slave boy Jim on a raft on the Mississippi, providing a fictitious "real–life" basis for the novels Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Two Tickets to London, 1h18
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Michèle Morgan, C. Aubrey Smith, Alan Curtis, Barry Fitzgerald, Dooley Wilson, Robert Warwick
Roles Admiralty Detective Fairchild
Rating70% 3.513363.513363.513363.513363.51336
Durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Dan Driscoll, soupçonné d'avoir provoqué le torpillage d'un navire dont il était capitaine en second, est accusé de trahison. Il parvient à s'enfuir et reçoit l'aide de Jeanne, chanteuse de cabaret et sœur de l'une des victimes, afin de démasquer le véritable traître...
Flesh and Fantasy, 1h34
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer, Barbara Stanwyck, Betty Field, Robert Cummings, Thomas Mitchell
Roles Dean of Norwalk (segment 2)
Rating68% 3.4435053.4435053.4435053.4435053.443505
First segment The setting is New Orleans. Plain and embittered Henrietta (Betty Field) secretly loves law student Michael (Robert Cummings). On Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger (Edgar Barrier) gives her a white mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. At a party, Michael falls in love with Henrietta but has yet to see her face under the mask. Henrietta encourages Michael to follow a better life although it may mean losing him forever. Henrietta removes the mask at midnight discovering she is now beautiful and that her old, selfish attitude was really the cause of her ugliness.