|Claude Rains (1889 - 1967)
Ex-Mr. Isabel Jeans
|The Invisible Man (1933) [Jack Griffin]: Shot by Dudley Digges while Claude is fleeing from a barn (while invisible); he dies in the hospital shortly afterwards while talking to Gloria Stuart. His body becomes visible after his death.
Kings Row (1942) [Dr. Alexander Tower]: Commits suicide (off-screen) by shooting himself, after killing his daughter (Betty Field); we learn of his death afterwards when Ronald Reagan informs Robert Cummings. (Thanks to Mark)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) [Sir John Talbot]: Claude doesn't appear in this film; his absence is explained by revealing that his character from the original 1941 The Wolf Man died of grief shortly after the death of his son (Lon Chaney Jr.).
Phantom of the Opera (1943) [Erik Claudin, the Phantom]: Crushed to death in a cave-in at his secret lair. (See also Lon Chaney in the 1925 version.) (Thanks to Tony)
Deception (1946) [Alexander Hollenius]: Shot to death by Bette Davis. (Thanks to Tracey)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Cream of the Jest (1957) [Charles Gresham]: Shot in the chest by Paul Picerni in Paul's office, after reciting a blackmail message to him. (Claude had been tricked by James Gregory into delivering the message, thinking he was reciting James' script for an audition and not knowing that the threat was real.)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) [King Herod the Great]: Dies of old age/natural causes, after a soldier informs him that they've carried out his orders to kill all the first-borns in Bethlehem. (Thanks to Jeffrey)