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Louis Calhern (1895–1956)

Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school there that he was spotted by a representative of a ... See full bio »


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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Duck Soup
Duck Soup Ambassador Trentino
Notorious Paul Prescott
Executive Suite
Executive Suite George Nyle Caswell
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 1956 High Society
Uncle Willie
 1956 Forever, Darling
Charles Y. Bewell
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
Jim Murdock
 1955 The Prodigal
 1954 Athena
Grandpa Ulysses Mulvain
 1954 Betrayed
Gen. Ten Eyck
 1954 The Student Prince
King Ferdinand of Karlsberg
 1954 Men of the Fighting Lady
James A. Michener
 1954 Rhapsody
Nicholas Durant
 1954 Executive Suite
George Nyle Caswell
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Louis Calhern
 1953 Latin Lovers
Grandfather Eduardo Santos
 1953 Remains to Be Seen
Benjamin Goodman
 1953 Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
 1953 Confidentially Connie
Opie Bedloe
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful
Georgia Lorrison's Father (voice, uncredited)
 1952 The Prisoner of Zenda
Col. Zapt
 1952 We're Not Married!
Frederick C. 'Freddie' Melrose
 1952 Washington Story
Charles W. Birch
 1952 Invitation
Simon Bowker
 1951 A Letter from a Soldier (Short)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1951 The Man with a Cloak
Charles Francois Thevenet
 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1950 The Magnificent Yankee
Oliver Wendell Holmes
 1950 Two Weeks with Love
Horatio Robinson
 1950 Devil's Doorway
Verne Coolan
 1950 A Life of Her Own
Jim Leversoe
 1950 The Asphalt Jungle
Alonzo D. Emmerich
 1950 Annie Get Your Gun
Colonel William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
 1950 Nancy Goes to Rio
Gregory Elliott
 1949 The Red Danube
Colonel Piniev
 1949 The Red Pony
 1948 Arch of Triumph
'Col.' Boris Morosov
 1946 Notorious
Paul Prescott
 1944 Up in Arms
Colonel Ashley
 1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Don Andre - The Viceroy
 1943 Nobody's Darling
Curtis Farnsworth
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
Randolph Van Cleve
 1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Dr. Brockdorf
 1940 I Take This Woman
Dr. Duveen
 1939 Charlie McCarthy, Detective
Arthur Aldrich
 1939 5th Ave Girl
Dr. Kessler
 1939 Juarez
Le Marc
 1938 Fast Company
Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Major Dort
 1937 Her Husband Lies
Joe Sorrell
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii
Prefect (Allus Martius)
 1935 Woman Wanted
 1935 The Arizonian
Sheriff Jake Mannen
 1934 Sweet Adeline
Major Day
 1934 The Affairs of Cellini
 1934 The Man with Two Faces
Stanley Vance
 1934 The Count of Monte Cristo
De Villefort Jr.
 1933 Duck Soup
Ambassador Trentino
 1933 Diplomaniacs
 1933 The World Gone Mad
Christopher Bruno (as Louis Calhearn)
 1933 Strictly Personal
 1933 The Woman Accused
Leo Young
 1932 Frisco Jenny
Steve Dutton
 1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
Joe Finn
 1932 Afraid to Talk
Asst. District Attorney John Wade
 1932 They Call It Sin
Ford Humphries
 1932 Night After Night
Dick Bolton
 1932 Okay America!
Mileaway Russell
 1931 Blonde Crazy
Dapper Dan Barker
 1931 The Road to Singapore
Dr. George March
 1931 Stolen Heaven
Steve Perry
 1923 The Last Moment
Harry Gaines
 1922 Woman, Wake Up
Monte Collins
 1921 The Blot
Phil West
 1921 Too Wise Wives
Mr. David Graham
 1921 What's Worth While?
'Squire' Elton
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Alternate Names:

Louis Calhearn


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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Personal Quote:

[Romantic suggestions for André Previn] Take my advice. Forget it with chorus girls. Find somebody older. Get some cuff links.


Calhern joined the famed actors club, The Lambs, in NYC in 1922. See more »


Tall frame, erect carriage and often upturned nose See more »



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