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Emil Jannings (1884–1950)

His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Jealousy (1925) (aka ... See full bio »

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 1945 Wo ist Herr Belling?
Firmenchef Eberhard Belling
 1943 Altes Herz wird wieder jung
Fabrikdirektor Friedrich Wilhelm Hoffmann
 1941 Uncle Kruger
Ohm Krüger
 1939 Der Trichter. (Nr. III) (Short) (scenes deleted)
 1937 Der Herrscher
Matthias Clausen
 1936 Traumulus
Direktor Prof. Niemeyer
 1934 The Black Whale
Peter Petersen
 1932 The Tempest
Gustav Bumke
 1930 The Blue Angel
Professor Immanuel Rath
 1930 Liebling der Götter
Albert Winkelmann
 1929 White Slave Traffic (unconfirmed)
 1929 Betrayal
Poldi Moser
 1928 The Patriot
Czar Paul I
 1928 Street of Sin
Basher Bill
 1926 Faust
 1924 Husbands or Lovers
 1923 Du sollst nicht töten
Harold Hilbrich
 1923 Love Tragedy
 1922 Othello
 1921 Die Ratten
 1921 Danton
 1921 Der Stier von Olivera
General François Guillaume
 1920 Colombine
 1920 Der Schädel der Pharaonentochter
Osorcon, Pharao of Egypt
 1920 Power
Robert Herne
 1920 Das große Licht
Lorenz Ferleitner
 1920 Kohlhiesels Töchter
Peter Xaver
 1919 Der Mann der Tat
Jan Miller
 1919 Keimendes Leben, Teil 2
James Fraenkel, Börsenmakler / John Smith, amerikanischer Ingenieur
 1919 Rose Bernd
Arthur Streckmann
 1919 Vendetta
 1919 Die Tochter des Mehemed
Vaco Juan Riberda, Fabrikbesitzer
 1918 The Eyes of the Mummy
Radu, an Arab
 1918 Keimendes Leben, Teil 1
James Fraenkel, Börsenmarktler / John Smith, amerikanischer Ingenieur
 1918 Nach zwanzig Jahren (Short)
Horst Lundin 'Korn'
 1917 Das Geschäft
S. H. Haßler
 1917 Lulu
Alfredo, a clown
 1917 The Merry Jail
Quabbe - der Gaoler
 1917 When Four Do the Same (Short)
 1917 Gesühnte Schuld
Harold Hilbrich
 1917 Hoheit Radieschen (Short)
 1917 Die Ehe der Luise Rohrbach
Wilhelm Rohrbach
 1917 Unheilbar
 1916 Aus Mangel an Beweisen
Dr. Langer
 1916 Die Bettlerin von St. Marien
Baron Gelsburg
 1916 Frau Eva
 1916 Im Angesicht des Toten
Paul Werner
 1916 Stein unter Steinen
Schurke Göttlingk
 1914 Arme Eva
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He wrote an autobiography in 1928. In it he says (incorrectly) that he was born in Brooklyn, USA in 1886.

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1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 3 Articles | See more »


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Jannings held German citizenship; while he was still young the family moved to Leipzig in the German Empire and further to Görlitz after the early death of his father. See more »

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