Actor George Sanders was once called "the man who sneered his way to stardom."
He began singing in London musicals after his talents were "discovered" at a party. However, his first singing role in a film did not occur until 1953, when he appeared in "Call Me Madam."
Sanders first came to the United States in 1934 and made his motion picture debut as Madeleine Carroll's husband in "Lloyd's Of London" a short time later.
He came to relish portraying characters of sophistication, elegance and cynicism. He excelled as a player of disagreeable parts and producers often said, "Let George do it!" whenever a particularly difficult villain role turned up.
His more than 50 film credits included "All About Eve," for which he won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1950; "The Picture of Dorian Gray;" "Forever Amber;" "A Touch of Larceny;" "Rebecca" and "While the City Sleeps."
His last film role was in "The Kremlin Letter," a spy adventure made in 1968, in which he portrayed an aging homosexual double agent.
He had a number of parts in television productions and was the host of a 1957 TV series, "The George Sanders Mystery Theater."
Referring to his career in films, Sanders once said, "Acting for me has always been just a means to an end. To provide money so I could do as I wished."
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