Emil Jannings (1884–1950)

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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 Passion (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Variety (1925) (aka Variety) in ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Last Command Grand Duke Sergius Alexander
The Way of All Flesh August Schilling
Faust Mephisto
Uncle Kruger Ohm Krüger


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 1945 Wo ist Herr Belling?
Firmenchef Eberhard Belling
 1943 Altes Herz wird wieder jung
Fabrikdirektor Friedrich Wilhelm Hoffmann
 1942 Bismarck's Dismissal
Fürst Bismarck
 1941 Uncle Kruger
Ohm Krüger
 1939 Der letzte Appell
Kapitän Brodersen
 1939 Der Trichter. (Nr. III) (Short) (scenes deleted)
 1939 Robert Koch: The Battle Against Death
Dr. Robert Koch
 1937 The Broken Jug
Adam, Dorfrichter
 1937 Der Herrscher
Matthias Clausen
 1936 Traumulus
Direktor Prof. Niemeyer
 1935 The Making of a King
Friedrich Wilhelm I. König von Preussen
 1934 The Black Whale
Peter Petersen
 1933 The Adventures of King Pausole
King Pausole
 1933 The Merry Monarch
King Pausole
 1932 The Tempest
Gustav Bumke
 1930 Liebling der Götter
Albert Winkelmann
 1930 The Blue Angel
Professor Immanuel Rath
 1929 Du sollst nicht töten
Harold Hilbrich
 1929 Betrayal
Poldi Moser
 1928 Sins of the Fathers
Wilhelm Spengler
 1928 The Patriot
Czar Paul I
 1928 Street of Sin
Basher Bill
 1928 The Last Command
Grand Duke Sergius Alexander
 1927 The Way of All Flesh
August Schilling
 1926 Faust
 1926 Love Is Blind
Emil Jannings
 1925 Tartuffe
 1925 Variety
Boss Huller
 1924 The Last Laugh
 1924 Husbands or Lovers
 1924 Waxworks
Harun al Raschid
 1924 Quo Vadis?
 1923 All for Money
S. I. Rupp
 1923 The Countess of Paris
 1923 The Tragedy of Love
 1922 Peter the Great
Zar Peter der Große
 1922 Othello
 1922 The Loves of Pharaoh
Pharao Amenes
 1921 The Rats
 1921 The Loves of the Mighty
 1921 Der Stier von Olivera
General François Guillaume
 1920 Colombine
 1920 Deception
Henry VIII
 1920 Der Schädel der Pharaonentochter
Osorcon, Pharao of Egypt
 1920 Die Brüder Karamasoff
Dimitri Karamasoff
 1920 Power
Robert Herne
 1920 Das große Licht
Lorenz Ferleitner
 1920 Kohlhiesel's Daughters
Peter Xaver
 1919 Keimendes Leben, Teil 2
James Fraenkel, Börsenmakler / John Smith, amerikanischer Ingenieur
 1919 Rose Bernd
Arthur Streckmann
 1919 Passion
König Louis XV
 1919 Vendetta
 1919 Die Tochter des Mehemed
Vaco Juan Riberda, Fabrikbesitzer
 1919 Der Mann der Tat
Jan Miller
 1918 Keimendes Leben, Teil 1
James Fraenkel, Börsenmarktler / John Smith, amerikanischer Ingenieur
 1918 The Eyes of the Mummy
Radu, an Arab
 1918 Nach zwanzig Jahren (Short)
Horst Lundin 'Korn'
 1917 Das Geschäft
S. H. Haßler
 1917 Lulu
Alfredo, a clown
 1917 Frau Eva
 1917 The Merry Jail
Quabbe - der Gaoler
 1917 Gesühnte Schuld (Short)
Harold Hilbrich
 1917 When Four Do the Same (Short)
 1917 Hoheit Radieschen (Short)
 1917 Die Bettlerin von St. Marien
Baron Gelsburg
 1917 Die Ehe der Luise Rohrbach
Wilhelm Rohrbach
 1917 Stein unter Steinen (Short)
Schurke Göttlingk
 1917 Unheilbar
 1916 Das Leben ein Traum (Short)
 1916 Im Angesicht des Toten
Paul Werner
 1916 Aus Mangel an Beweisen
Dr. Langer
 1916 Arme Eva
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He wrote an autobiography in 1928. In it he says (incorrectly) that he was born in Brooklyn, USA in 1886.

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6' (1.83 m)


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The first non-American actor to win an Oscar (he is from Switzerland). See more »

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