Fredric March (1897–1975)

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Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady
Seven Days in May President Jordan Lyman


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 1973 The Iceman Cometh
Harry Hope
 1970 Tick, Tick, Tick
Mayor Jeff Parks
 1967 Hombre
 1964 The Presidency: A Splendid Misery (TV Movie documentary)
 1964 Seven Days in May
President Jordan Lyman
 1962 The Condemned of Altona
Albrecht von Gerlach
 1961 The Young Doctors
Dr. Joseph Pearson
 1960 Inherit the Wind
Matthew Harrison Brady
 1959 Middle of the Night
Jerry Kingsley
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Arthur Winslow
- The Winslow Boy (1958) ... Arthur Winslow
 1957 Albert Schweitzer (Documentary)
Albert Schweitzer (voice)
 1954-1956 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Ebenezer Scrooge / Eugene Tesh / Scrooge
- A Christmas Carol III (1956) ... Ebenezer Scrooge
- The Flattering World (1956) ... Eugene Tesh
- A Christmas Carol (II) (1955) ... Scrooge
- A Christmas Carol (1954) ... Ebenezer Scrooge
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Sam Dodsworth
- Dodsworth (1956) ... Sam Dodsworth
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Ralph Hopkins
 1956 Alexander the Great
Philip of Macedonia
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Daniel Hilliard
 1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Rear Adm. George Tarrant
 1954 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Ebenezer Scrooge
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Tony Cavendish
- The Royal Family (1954) ... Tony Cavendish
 1954 Executive Suite
Loren Phineas Shaw
 1953 Man on a Tightrope
Karel Cernik
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Don Juan (segment "The Last Night of Don Juan")
- The Last Night of Don Juan (1953) ... Don Juan (segment "The Last Night of Don Juan")
 1951-1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Matt / Sam
- Ferry Crisis at Friday Point (1952) ... Captain Matt
- The Speech (1951) ... Sam
 1951 Death of a Salesman
Willy Loman
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
- The Boor (1950)
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Oscar Jaffe
- The Twentieth Century (1949) ... Oscar Jaffe
 1949 Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
 1948 An Act of Murder
Judge Calvin Cooke
 1948 Another Part of the Forest
Marcus Hubbard
 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
Al Stephenson (as Frederic March)
 1945 Welcome Home (Short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1944 Tomorrow, the World!
Mike Frame
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain
 1942 I Married a Witch
Jonathan Wooley / Nathaniel Wooley / Samuel Wooley / ...
 1941 Bedtime Story
Luke Drake
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
William Spence
 1941 So Ends Our Night
Josef Steiner
 1940 Victory
Hendrik Heyst
 1940 Susan and God
Barrie Trexel
 1938 Trade Winds
Sam Wye
 1938 There Goes My Heart
Bill Spencer
 1938 The Buccaneer
Jean Lafitte
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Wally Cook
 1937 A Star Is Born
Norman Maine
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse
 1936 Mary of Scotland
Earl of Bothwell
 1936 The Road to Glory
Lt. Michel Denet
 1935 The Dark Angel
Alan Trent
 1935 Anna Karenina
Count Vronsky
 1935 Les Misérables
Jean Valjean / Champmathieu
 1934 We Live Again
Prince Dmitri Ivanovich Nekhlyudov
 1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Robert Browning
 1934 The Affairs of Cellini
Benvenuto Cellini
 1934 Death Takes a Holiday
Prince Sirki
 1934 Good Dame
Mace Townsley
 1934 All of Me
Don Ellis
 1933 Design for Living
Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers
 1933 The Eagle and the Hawk
Jerry Young
 1933 Tonight Is Ours
Sabien Pastal
 1932 The Sign of the Cross
Marcus Superbus - Prefect of Rome
 1932 Smilin' Through
Kenneth Wayne / Jeremy Wayne
 1932 Make Me a Star
Fredric March (uncredited)
 1932 Merrily We Go to Hell
Jerry Corbett
 1932 Strangers in Love
Buddy Drake / Arthur Drake
 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
 1931 My Sin
Dick Grady
 1931 The Night Angel
Rudek Berken
 1931 Honor Among Lovers
Jerry Stafford
 1930 The Royal Family of Broadway
Tony Cavendish
 1930 Laughter
Paul Lockridge
 1930 Manslaughter
Dan O'Bannon
 1930 True to the Navy
Bull's Eye McCoy
 1930 Ladies Love Brutes
Dwight Howell
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Marine (The Montmartre Girl)
 1930 Sarah and Son
Howard Vanning
 1929 The Marriage Playground
Martin Boyne
 1929 Footlights and Fools
Gregory Pyne
 1929 Jealousy
 1929 Paris Bound
Jim Hutton
 1929 The Studio Murder Mystery
Richard Hardell
 1929 The Wild Party
James Gilmore
 1929 The Dummy
Trumbull Meredith
 1921 Paying the Piper
Extra (uncredited)
 1921 The Devil
Bal Masque Participant (uncredited)
 1921 The Education of Elizabeth
Extra (uncredited)
 1921 The Great Adventure
Extra (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Nicholas Denery") in "The Autumn Garden" on Broadway. Written by Lillian Hellman. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Howard Bay. Directed by Harold Clurman. Coronet Theatre: 7 Mar 1951-2 Jun 1951 (101 performances). Cast: Florence Eldridge, Ethel Griffies (as "Mrs. Mary Ellis"), Kent Smith (as "Edward Crossman"), ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 12 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Frederic March


5' 10" (1.78 m)


Florence Eldridge  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


John F. Bickel | Cora Brown

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Personal Quote:

[asked how he prepared for a role] I think it's almost physically impossible to give a well-rounded performance without knowing it beforehand. To try and rehearse eight hours a day and then go home at night and knock more lines into your head--it just doesn't work. You know it first, then try to polish as you go along. See more »


In 1955, an informal poll of some 30 top stars, directors and producers was tabulated and announced. March was picked as Best Film Actor two to one, with runners-up Marlon Brando, William Holden, Ronald Colman and Spencer Tracy. See more »



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