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Josef von Sternberg (1894–1969)

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school, von Sternberg worked for a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1957 Jet Pilot
 1953 Ana-ta-han
 1952 Macao
 1946 Duel in the Sun (uncredited)
 1944 The Town (Short)
 1940 I Take This Woman (uncredited)
 1939 Sergeant Madden (as Josef Von Sternberg)
 1938 The Great Waltz (uncredited)
 1937 I, Claudius (unfinished)
 1935 The Fashion Side of Hollywood (Documentary short)
 1932 Blonde Venus
 1931 An American Tragedy (as Josef Von Sternberg)
 1931 Dishonored
 1930 Morocco (as Josef Von Sternberg)
 1929 Thunderbolt
 1929 The Case of Lena Smith (Short)
 1928 Street of Sin (uncredited)
 1928 The Dragnet
 1927 Underworld
 1927 Children of Divorce (uncredited)
 1927 It (uncredited)
 1926 Exquisite Sinner (fired; replaced by Phil Rosen)
 1925 The Masked Bride (uncredited)
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3 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 10 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jo Sternberg | Josef Von Sternberg | Joseph Von Sternberg | Joseph von Sternberg


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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[on Charles Laughton] I had great difficulty managing Laughton; so did Alexander Korda. See more »


Von Sternberg had a disastrous two picture deal at MGM during the middle 20s. Louis B. Mayer hated his work on "The Exquisite Sinner" and ordered the film reshot by Phil Rosen, and von Sternberg disliked working with Mae Murray so much in "The Masked Bride" that he walked out after shooting a few reels and was replaced by Christy Cabanne. See more »



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