"If you covered him with garbage/George Sanders would still have style!"
"Dear world, I am leaving because I am bored."
A Russian born British actor, George Sanders portrayed the archetypical dastardly cad throughout the 1940s and 1950s, winning an Oscar for his portrayal of the Caustic Critic
Addison De Witt in All About Eve
. He is probably most familiar to younger audiences as the voice of Shere Khan in The Jungle Book
In his personal life, Sanders was an insecure, artistic man who disguised his true self through a cynically witty persona that he often performed in his films. He was married several times, notably to Zsa Zsa Gabor
. In 1972, he committed suicide, supposedly due to boredom.
He was the younger brother of actor Tom Conway, best-known for his appearances in Cat People
and other Val Lewton movies. Their voices were extraordinarily similar. The brothers appeared in two films together
, Death of a Scoundrel
and The Falcon's Brother
Sanders wrote a rare but hilariously witty book, Memoirs of a Professional Cad