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Overview (5)

Born in Keokuk, Iowa, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJohn Conrad Nagel
Nickname Prince Consort
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Conrad Nagel was born on March 16, 1897 in Keokuk, Iowa, USA as John Conrad Nagel. He was an actor, known for The Ship from Shanghai (1930), Quality Street (1927) and Kongo (1932). He was married to Michael Coulson Smith, Lynn Merrick and Ruth Helms. He died on February 24, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (3)

Michael Coulson Smith (31 August 1955 - 9 March 1956) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Lynn Merrick (21 December 1945 - 26 August 1948) ( divorced)
Ruth Helms (24 June 1924 - 7 August 1934) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (13)

One of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Son-in-law, Thomas Victor Jones, was former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of military-industrial giant, Northrop Corporation, now Northrop-Grumman.
Grandson is Peter Jones who shares his "wavy blond hair and matinee-idol features.".
Children: Ruth Margaret (b. 1920 to his first wife, Ruth) and Michael, born in the late 1950s to third wife Michael.
Hosted the Academy Awards in 1930 and 1932.
Hosted the Academy Awards in 1953 alongside Bob Hope.
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1932 to 1933.
Was engaged to Hollywood starlet (and co-author of The Blob) Kay Linaker 4 times. They met while they were filming The Girl from Mandalay (1936). Nagel was 39 and Linaker 23.
He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1719 Vine Street, for Radio at 1752 Vine Street, and for Television at 1752 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Conrad Nagel was cremated at Garden State Crematory in North Bergen, New Jersey.
Active on Broadway from 1918 to 1962. Tall, blue-eyed matinee idol of the 1920's, successfully making the transition to sound. Towards the end of his film career, acted as host for radio and TV shows. Awarded a Special Oscar in 1947 for his work on the Motion Picture relief Fund.
Was nicknamed 'the Prince Consort', because of his numerous romantic leads opposite stars like Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels and Pola Negri.
During 1928 Nagel, whose career was waning, became invaluable to MGM and Warner Bros. by assisting them on passing judgment on their contract players regarding the suitability of their voices for the movie microphone. His salary was raised to $2500 a week and he was loaned out to other studios for a sum of $30,000 for his services in aiding the transition to "talkies.".

Personal Quotes (2)

At the time (1927), I was under contract to MGM. So Louis Mayer was mad at me. The worst punishment he could think of was to lend me to Warner Brothers for a picture.
I was never a big star, so I never had a role like Moses or D'Artagnan. But being assigned to 31 pictures in 24 months, I had an opportunity to play every type of part. The variety, though, didn't keep me from becoming a drug on the market. My wife would say, "Well, let's go out and see a movie tonight." We'd get in the car and discover that I'm playing at the Paramount Theater. And I'm playing at the Universal Theater. And the MGM Theater. We couldn't find a theater where I wasn't playing. So we'd go back home. I was an epidemic.

Salary (1)

The Mysterious Lady (1928) $2,500 per week

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