George Arliss

George Arliss

Discovered and promoted Bette Davis.

Often erroneously listed as father of Leslie Arliss. In truth he had no children.

Once, during a court appearance, Arliss described himself as The world's greatest living actor. "You see, I am on oath", he explained.

The first actor to win an Academy Award for playing a real person, as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli (1929).

The first actor to win an Oscar for a reprise role. Arliss originally played Benjamin Disraeli in the silent movie, Disraeli (1921). He won the Oscar for his reprisal of the role in the talkie remake, Disraeli (1929).

Was the first British actor to win an Academy Award.