Colin Clive

Colin Clive

  • Born on
    • January 20th, 1900
  • Died on
    • June 25th, 1937
Colin Clive was born to a British colonel and his wife in St. Malo, France on 20 January 1900. His schooling was at the Convent of the Holy Cross, Boscombe, and Stonyhurst College, in preparation for entering Sandhurst, the British royal military academy. Unfortunately, a riding accident shattered the young man's knee and disqualified him for military service. Clive entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, making his debut in 1919 as 'Claude' in The Eclipse. After almost ten years of touring, he was chosen for the role of 'Stanhope' in the war play Journey's End, replacing Laurence Olivier who had another commitment. Journey's End was Clive's beginning and his end. Both the actor and the character were alcoholics - Clive to relieve monstrous stage fright, Stanhope to numb the agonies of war. When Journey's End was filmed in 1929, Clive started his film career. He made 18 films, each stylish, quirky, and highly individualistic. Colin Clive died in Los Angeles, California on 25 June 1937, of tuberculosis worsened by chronic alcoholism. He was 37 years old.


Acting (9 Credits)

1998Universal Horror as (archive footage)
1984Terror in the Aisles as Henry Frankenstein (archive footage) (uncredited)
1942The Ghost of Frankenstein as Dr. Henry Frankenstein (flashback)
1937History Is Made at Night as Bruce Vail
1935The Bride of Frankenstein as Henry Frankenstein
1935Mad Love as Stephen Orlac
1935The Girl from 10th Avenue as John Marland
1933Christopher Strong as Sir Christopher Strong
1931Frankenstein as Dr. Henry Frankenstein


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