Jean Hersholt (1886–1956)

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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 »

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Known For

Greed Marcus
Heidi Adolph Kramer / Grandfather
The Younger Generation Julius Goldfish - Pa


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 1956 Dr. Christian (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Christian
- The Fighter (1956) ... Dr. Paul Christian
- The Thin Line (1956) ... Dr. Paul Christian
 1955 Run for Cover
Mr. Swenson
 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
 1941 They Meet Again
Dr. Paul Christian
 1941 Melody for Three
Dr. Paul Christian
 1940 Remedy for Riches
Dr. Paul Christian
 1940 Dr. Christian Meets the Women
Dr. Paul Christian
 1940 The Courageous Dr. Christian
Dr. Paul Christian
 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
Herr Lars Ericksen
 1937 Heidi
Adolph Kramer / Grandfather
 1937 Seventh Heaven
Father Chevillon
 1936 One in a Million
Heinrich Muller
 1936 Reunion
Dr. John Luke
 1936 His Brother's Wife
Professor Fahrenheim
 1936 Sins of Man
Christopher Freyman
 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. 'Hockie' Hochberg
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle
 1933 Christopher Bean
 1933 Dinner at Eight
Jo Stengel
 1933 Song of the Eagle
Otto Hoffman
 1933 The Crime of the Century
Dr. Emil Brandt
 1932 Flesh
Mr. Herman
 1932 The Mask of Fu Manchu
Von Berg
 1932 Hearts of Humanity
Sol Bloom
 1932 Skyscraper Souls
Jake Sorenson
 1932 Unashamed
Heinrich Schmidt
 1932 New Morals for Old
James Hallett
 1932 Night Court
Herman - the Janitor
 1932/I Grand Hotel
 1932 Are You Listening?
George Wagner
 1932 The Beast of the City
Sam Belmonte
 1932 Emma
Mr. Smith
 1931 Private Lives
 1931 The Sin of Madelon Claudet
Dr. Dulac
 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 The Cat Creeps
Dr. Patterson
 1930 A Soldier's Plaything
Grandfather Rittner
 1930 East Is West
 1930 Hell Harbor
Joseph Horngold
 1930 Mamba
August Bolte (Mamba)
 1930 The Case of Sergeant Grischa
 1930 The Climax
Luigi Golfanti
 1929 Modern Love
François Renault
 1929 The Younger Generation
Julius Goldfish - Pa
 1929 The Girl on the Barge
 1928 Give and Take
John Bauer - Factory Owner
 1928 The Battle of the Sexes
William Judson
 1928 Jazz Mad
Franz Hausmann
 1928 Abie's Irish Rose
Solomon Levy
 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 So Big
Aug Hempel
 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
Jury Foreman
 1924 The Goldfish
Herman Krauss
 1924 Torment
 1923 Red Lights
Ezra Carson
 1923 Souls for Sale
Jean Hersholt
 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 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Professor von Hartrott (uncredited)
 1921 The Servant in the House
Manson, The Servant in the House
 1920 The Deceiver
 1920 The Golden Trail
Harry Teal
 1920 Merely Mary Ann
 1920 The Red Lane
Vetal Beaulieu
 1919 Love's Prisoner
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1918 The Answer
 1918 Little Red Decides
Sour Milk
 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 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)
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Novel (w/Ruth Adams Knight): "Dr. Christian's Office" See more »

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5' 11" (1.8 m)


Via Hersholt  (his death)  (1 child)


Henry Hersholt | Claire Petersen


Leslie Nielsen (niece or nephew)

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[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.


Ex-father-in-law of Osa Massen. See more »

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