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C. Aubrey Smith

C. Aubrey Smith (1934)
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  • (C. Aubrey Smith in Cleopatra, 1934)



C. Aubrey Smith was born Charles Aubrey Smith in London, England in 1863.   He was educated at the University of Cambridge.   An accomplished cricketer, Smith played for Cambridge (1882-1885) and captained England to victory against South Africa in 1888.   He settled in South Africa to prospect for gold in 1888-89.   He also captained an English regiment stationed in Johannesburg.

Returning to England, Smith began acting in summer stock as early as 1893, at the age of 30.   He debuted on Broadway in 1895.   Smith continued to appeared on the Broadway stage in 11 more productions over the next 25 years.

In 1915, at the age of 49, Smith made his film debut in a starring role for Frohman Amusement.   He appeared sporadically in silent films through the 1910s and 1920s, but it was not until the advent of sound that his film career, at the age of 67, began to get traction.

For an actor who began his film career so late in life, Smith appeared in more than 105 feature films.   His last picture was released in 1949.

Smith married Isabelle Wood in 1896.   They raised one child.

He died of pneumonia in Beverly Hills, California in 1948.   He was 85 years old.



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