The favorite leading man of star actress Bette Davis, was born George Brendan Nolan, near Dublin, and became an orphan at the tender age of eleven. For a while, he stayed with an aunt in New York, but returned to Ireland to study at the University of Dublin. After leaving university in 1919, George became a courier for Sinn Fein leader Michael Collins, hunted by the Black and Tan, with a price on his head. By that time, he had developed an interest in acting and joined the Abbey Theatre Players. In 1925, he returned to New York, touring with ’Abie’s Irish Rose’, then working with stock companies in Colorado, Florida and Massachusetts. He appeared in the ensemble cast of ‘The Nightingale’ on Broadway (1927), and, three years later, co-starred with Alice Brady and Clark Gable in the short-lived play ‘Love, Honor and Betray’.
He worked in Hollywood from 1930, initially cast as farmers, doctors and partner of ‘Rin-Tin-Tin’, before Warner Brothers recognised his potential as a strong… read more