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Louis Wolheim (1880–1931)

It was Lionel Barrymore who gave Louis Wolheim (Cornell '07) his start as an actor. Wolheim had had his face more or less smashed in and his nose nicely fractured while playing on a scrub Cornell football team. Later as a Cornell Instructor he found life none too easy. He had worked off and on as an extra in the Wharton studio but never received ... See full bio »

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 1931 Gentleman's Fate
Frank Tomasulo
 1930 The Silver Horde
George Balt
 1929 Condemned
Jacques Duval
 1929 Frozen Justice
 1929 The Wolf Song
 1928 The Shady Lady
Professor Holbrook
 1928 The Awakening
Le Bete
 1928 Tempest
Sgt. Bulba
 1927 Two Arabian Knights
Sergeant Peter O'Gaffney
 1925 Lover's Island
Capt. Joshua Dawson
 1924 Isn't Life Wonderful
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1924 The Story Without a Name
 1924 America
Capt. Hare
 1924 The Uninvited Guest
Jan Boomer
 1923 Unseeing Eyes
 1923 Little Old New York
The Hoboken Terror
 1923 The Last Moment
The Finn
 1923 The Go-Getter
Daniel Silver
 1923 Enemies of Women (scenes deleted)
 1923 Love's Old Sweet Song (Short)
The Wanderer
 1922 The Face in the Fog
 1922 Determination
 1921 Orphans of the Storm
 1921 Conceit
Boxing Instructor (uncredited)
 1921 Experience
 1920 Number 17
 1920/I Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Music Hall Proprietor
 1920 A Manhattan Knight
Mangus O'Shea (as Louis R. Wolheim)
 1919 The Darkest Hour
Louis Marcotte
 1919 The Carter Case
Emanon (as Louis W. Wolheim)
 1918 The Poor Rich Man
 1918 A Pair of Cupids
Dirk Thomas
 1918 Opportunity
Prizefight Spectator (uncredited)
 1918 Peg of the Pirates
Flatnose Tim (as L. Walheim)
 1918 The House of Hate
Patch-eye Pete
 1918 The Eyes of Mystery
Brad Tilton (as Louis R. Wolheim)
 1917 The Avenging Trail
Lefty Reed
 1917 The Eternal Mother
Bucky McGhee (as Louis R. Wolheim)
 1917 The Belle of the Season
 1917 The Millionaire's Double
Bob Holloway
 1916 The Sunbeam
Biff the Brute
 1916 The Brand of Cowardice
Cpl. Mallin
 1916 Dorian's Divorce
Capt. Ross (as L. Robert Wolheim)
 1915 The Romance of Elaine (uncredited)
 1914 The Shanghai Man
Extra (uncredited)
 1914/II The Warning (Short)
Policeman (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

L. Walheim | Louis Walheim | L. Robert Wolheim | Louis R. Wolheim | Louis W. Wolheim


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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[on interviews] I can't see anything in this interview thing. Nobody cares about me. I never am interviewed.


Lionel Barrymore, his mentor, once told him, "With that face you could make a fortune in the theater." Wolhim tried the stage late in his career and won considerable attention in Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape." He later became O'Neill's friend. See more »

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