Brian Aherne Overview:

Legendary character actor, Brian Aherne, was born William Brian de Lacy Aherne on May 2, 1902 in King's Norton, England. Aherne appeared in over 60 film and TV roles. His best known films include I Live My Life, Merrily We Live, Juarez, Vigil in the Night, I Confess, The Locket, Titanic, Sylvia Scarlett, and The Best of Everything. Aherne died at the age of 83 on Feb 10, 1986 in Venice, FL and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.


Brian Aherne made his English stage debut in April 1910 at the age of 7, followed by his London stage debut just three years later. Although spending his youth studying architecture, he could not resist the lure of acting, and returned to the London stage in 1923, following with his British film debut in The Eleventh Commandment in 1924. In 1931, he made his way to Broadway to appear in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and soon after, moved to Hollywood to embark on his U.S. film career.

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Although Aherne was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best Supporting ActorJuarez (1939)Emperor Maximilian von HabsburgNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Constance Bennett and top the cast in "Merrily We Live" Merrily We Live (1938) is an American screwball comedy directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Constance Bennett and . The supporting cast includes Ann Dvorak, Bonita Granville, Billie Burke, Tom Brown, Alan Mowb... Read full article

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Brian Aherne Quotes:

Michael Fane: [speaking to Sylvia dressed as a boy] "I say, uh! I know what it is that gives me a queer feeling when I look at you. There's something in you to be painted."

Emperor Louis Napoleon III: Democracy! Government of the cattle, by the cattle, for the cattle!

Michael Fane: I say! I know what it is that gives me a queer feeling when I look at you.

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Studied Architecture following child acting career but returned to the stage in 1923 in revival of Paddy the Next Best Thing at the Savoy Theatre, London.

Had a pilot's license and owned a plane.

His wife, Eleanor, was born in 1910 and died in December of 2000.

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