Down 10,045 this week

Jean Hersholt (1886–1956)

If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art School and continued expanding his stage experience and ... See full bio »

Awards Central

Check out IMDb's full coverage of all the major awards events, including the Critics Choice Awards, Gotham Awards, and more.

Visit our Awards Central section

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 610 people
created 27 Nov 2013
a list of 35 people
created 23 Feb 2014
a list of 2347 people
created 02 Jan 2016
a list of 30 people
created 5 months ago

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Jean Hersholt's work have you seen?

User Polls

5 wins. See more awards »

Known For

Heidi Adolph Kramer
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel Senf - the Porter
Greed Marcus
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Alexander's Ragtime Band Professor Heinrich


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (146 credits)
 1955 Run for Cover
Mr. Swenson
 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
Undetermined role / deleted episode (scenes deleted)
 1949 Dancing in the Dark
Jean Hersholt
 1943 To the People of the United States (Documentary short)
Colonel Jensen - Medical Corps.
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Jean Hersholt
 1939 Meet Dr. Christian
Dr. Christian
 1938 Five of a Kind
Dr. John Luke
 1938 I'll Give a Million
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band
Professor Heinrich
 1938 Happy Landing
Lars Ericksen
 1936 One in a Million
Heinrich Muller
 1936 Reunion
Dr. John Luke
 1936 His Brother's Wife
Professor Fahrenheim
 1936 The Country Doctor
Dr. John Luke
 1936 Tough Guy
Dr. Mulback - Veterinarian
 1935 Murder in the Fleet
Victor Hanson
 1935 Break of Hearts
Professor Thalma
 1935 Mark of the Vampire
Baron Otto
 1934 The Painted Veil
Herr Koerber
 1934 The Fountain
Baron Van Leyden
 1934 Men in White
Dr. Hochberg
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle
 1933 Christopher Bean
 1933 Song of the Eagle
Otto Hoffman
 1932 Flesh
Mr. Herman
 1932 The Mask of Fu Manchu
Von Berg
 1932 Skyscraper Souls
 1932 Unashamed
Heinrich Schmidt
 1932 New Morals for Old
James Hallett
 1932 Night Court
 1932/I Grand Hotel
Senf - the Porter
 1932 Are You Listening?
George Wagner
 1932 Emma
Mr. Smith
 1931 Susan Lenox
Karl Ohlin
 1931 The Phantom of Paris
 1931 Transatlantic
Rudolph aka Jed Kramer
 1931 Daybreak
Herr Schnabel
 1930 Viennese Nights
Herr Hofner - Elsa's Father
 1930 The Third Alarm
Frank 'Dad' Morton
 1930 A Soldier's Plaything
Grandfather Rittner (uncredited)
 1930 East Is West
 1930 Hell Harbor
Joseph Horngold
 1930 The Case of Sergeant Grischa
 1930 The Climax
Luigi Golfanti
 1929 Modern Love
François Renault
 1929 Girl on the Barge
 1928 Give and Take
John Bauer - Factory Owner
 1928 Jazz Mad
Franz Hausmann
 1928 The Secret Hour
 1928 13 Washington Square
'Deacon' Pyecroft
 1927 Alias the Deacon
George Caswell aka The Deacon
 1927 The Wrong Mr. Wright
Seymour White
 1926 The Old Soak
Clement Hawley, Sr.
 1926 Flames
Ole Bergson
 1926 It Must Be Love
Pop Schmidt
 1926 My Old Dutch
'Erb 'Uggins
 1926 The Greater Glory
Gustav Schmidt
 1925 Stella Dallas
Ed Munn
 1925 A Woman's Faith
Jules Cluny
 1925 Don Q Son of Zorro
Don Fabrique
 1925 If Marriage Fails
Dr. Mallini
 1925 Fifth Avenue Models
Mr. Jones - a Crook
 1925 Dangerous Innocence
 1924 Cheap Kisses
Gustaf Borgstrom
 1924 Greed
 1924 Her Night of Romance
Joe Diamond
 1924 Sinners in Silk
Dr. Eustace
 1924 The Woman on the Jury
 1924 The Goldfish
Herman Krauss
 1924 Torment
 1923 Red Lights
Ezra Carson
 1923 Quicksands
Ring Member
 1923 Jazzmania
Prince Otto of Como
 1922 The Strangers' Banquet
 1922 Tess of the Storm Country
Ben Letts
 1922 Heart's Haven
Henry Bird
 1922 When Romance Rides
Joel Creech
 1921 Man of the Forest
Lem Beasley
 1921 A Certain Rich Man
Adrian Brownwell
 1921 The Servant in the House
Manson, The Servant in the House
 1920 The Deceiver
 1920 Merely Mary Ann
 1920 The Golden Trail
Harry Teal
 1920 The Red Lane
Vetal Beaulieu
 1919 Love's Prisoner
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1918 The Answer
 1918 Madame Spy
Count Von Ornstorff
 1917 Princess Virtue
Emile Carre
 1917 '49-'17
'Gentleman Jim' Raynor
 1917 A Stormy Knight
Dr. Fraser
 1917 The Show Down
 1917 The Soul Herder (Short)
The Parson
 1917 The Greater Law
Basil Pelly
 1917 The Gunman's Gospel (Short)
The Mayor
 1917 Southern Justice
Caleb Talbot
 1917 The Townsend Divorce Case (Short)
Mr. Townsend
 1917 Her Primitive Man (Short)
 1917 The Clash of Steel (Short)
Prince Feodor
 1917 Perils of the Secret Service
Prince Feodor (Episode #2)
 1917 The Saintly Sinner
Undetermined Role
 1917 The Terror
Jimm, the Dope
 1917 Love Aflame
 1917 Fighting for Love
 1917 Black Orchids
 1916 The Desert
 1916 Scratched (Short)
Paul Brant
 1916 Kinkaid, Gambler
Undetermined Role
 1916 It's All Wrong (Short)
The Minister
 1916 As the Candle Burned (Short)
John Ayres
 1916 Some Medicine Man (Short)
 1916 The Apostle of Vengeance
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1916 The Aryan
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1916 Hell's Hinges
Bartender (uncredited)
 1915 The Disciple
Mob Member (uncredited)
 1915/II Never Again (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1906 En ny hat til Madammen (Short)
 1906 Konfirmanden (Short)
 1906 Professorens Morgenavis (Short)
Show Show Director (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (15 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel (w/Ruth Adams Knight): "Dr. Christian's Office"

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[in 1954] Dr Christian is such a sweet sentimental fellow, I'd hate to be stuck with playing him for the rest of my life.


Translated over 160 of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales into English. These were published in 1949 in six volumes as "The Complete Andersen". Hersholt was knighted by King Christian X of Denmark in 1948, partly due to this endeavor. Hersholt's grave in Forest Lawn Memorial Park is marked with a statue of Klods Hans, a Hans Christian Anderson character who left Denmark to find ... See more »

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page