Warner Oland (1879–1938)

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Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a shopkeeper and his mother was Maria Johanna (nee Forsberg). ... See full bio »

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Charlie Chan in Paris Charlie Chan
The Black Camel Inspector Charlie Chan
Charlie Chan's Secret Charlie Chan


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 1937 Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
Charlie Chan
 1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway
Charlie Chan
 1937 Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Charlie Chan
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera
Charlie Chan
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Charlie Chan
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Circus
Charlie Chan
 1936 Charlie Chan's Secret
Charlie Chan
 1935 Charlie Chan in Shanghai
Charlie Chan
 1935 Shanghai
Ambassador Lun Sing
 1935 Charlie Chan in Egypt
Charlie Chan
 1935 Werewolf of London
Dr. Yogami
 1935 Charlie Chan in Paris
Charlie Chan
 1935 Movies on Sundays (Short)
Charlie Chan
 1934 The Painted Veil
General Yu
 1934 Charlie Chan in London
Inspector Charlie Chan
 1934 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Prince Achmed
 1934 Charlie Chan's Courage
Charlie Chan
 1934 Mandalay
 1934 As Husbands Go
Hippolitus Lomi
 1933 Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Charlie Chan
 1933 Before Dawn
Dr. Paul Cornelius
 1932 The Son-Daughter
Fen Sha
 1932 A Passport to Hell
Baron von Sydow, Police Commandant
 1932 Shanghai Express
Henry Chang
 1932 Charlie Chan's Chance
Charlie Chan
 1931 Daughter of the Dragon
Fu Manchu
 1931 The Big Gamble
Andrew North
 1931 The Black Camel
Inspector Charlie Chan
 1931 Charlie Chan Carries On
Charlie Chan
 1931 Dishonored
Colonel von Hindau
 1931 The Drums of Jeopardy
Dr. Boris Karlov
 1930 The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
Dr. Fu Manchu
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Fu Manchu (Murder Will Out)
 1930 The Vagabond King
 1930 Dangerous Paradise
 1929 The Mighty
 1929 The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
Dr. Fu Manchu
 1929 The Studio Murder Mystery
Anton Borka
 1929 Chinatown Nights
Boston Charley
 1929 The Faker
 1928 Dream of Love
The Duke, Current Dicator
 1928 The Scarlet Lady
 1928 Wheel of Chance
Mosher Turkeltaub
 1928 Stand and Deliver
Ghika - the Bandit Leader
 1927 Good Time Charley
'Good Time' Charley Keene
 1927 Sailor Izzy Murphy
Perfume Manufacturer
 1927 The Jazz Singer
The Cantor
 1927 What Happened to Father
William Bradberry
 1927 Old San Francisco
Chris Buckwell
 1927 A Million Bid
Geoffrey Marsh
 1927 When a Man Loves
André Lescaut
 1926 Man of the Forest
Clint Beasley
 1926 Tell It to the Marines
Chinese Bandit Chief
 1926 Twinkletoes
 1926 The Mystery Club
Eli Sinsabaugh
 1926 Don Juan
Cesare Borgia
 1926 The Marriage Clause
Max Ravenal
 1925 Infatuation
Osman Pasha
 1925 The Winding Stair
 1925 Flower of Night
Luke Rand
 1925 Don Q Son of Zorro
The Archduke
 1925 Riders of the Purple Sage
Lew Walters aka Judge Dyer
 1924 Curlytop
Shanghai Dan
 1924 So This Is Marriage?
King David
 1924 One Night in Rome
Mario Dorando
 1924 The Fighting Adventurer
Fu Shing
 1923 His Children's Children
Dr. Dahl
 1922 The Pride of Palomar
 1922 East Is West
Charley Yong
 1921 Hurricane Hutch
Clifton Marlow
 1921 The Yellow Arm
Joel Bain
 1920 The Phantom Foe
Uncle Leo Sealkirk
 1920 The Third Eye
Curtis Steele / Malcolm Graw
 1919 The Twin Pawns
John Bent
 1919 The Witness for the Defense
Captain Ballantyne
 1919 The Avalanche
Nick Delano
 1919 Mandarin's Gold
Li Hsun
 1919 The Lightning Raider
Wu Fang
 1918 The Yellow Ticket
Baron Andrey
 1918 The Mysterious Client
Boris Norjunov
 1918 The Naulahka
 1918 Convict 993
Dan Mallory
 1917 The Cigarette Girl
Mr. Wilson
 1917 The Fatal Ring
Richard Carslake
 1917 Patria
Baron Huroki
 1916 Beatrice Fairfax Episode 4: The Stone God
Police Commissioner
 1916 The Rise of Susan
Sinclair La Salle
 1916 Beatrice Fairfax
Police Commissioner [Ch. 1]
 1916 The Eternal Question
Pierre Felix
 1916 The Eternal Sappho
H. Coudal
 1916 The Reapers
James Shaw
 1916 The Fool's Revenge
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1915 Destruction
Mr. Deleveau
 1915 Sin
 1912 Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyon
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Winter's Tale" on Broadway. Comedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Frank Vernon. Knickerbocker Theatre: 26 Dec 1904-Jan 1905 (closing date unknown/32 performances). Cast: C. Leslie Allen, Viola Allen (as "Hermione, Queen to Leontes" / "Perdita"), M.L. Bassett, Frank G. Bennett, Sidney ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 21 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Edith [Gardener] Shearn (actress)  (his death)

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Personal Quote:

[on visiting China in the 1930s] Everywhere I went, people addressed me in Chinese. I was always introduced as 'Mr. Chan'.


Soon after his last film, another Chan entry titled Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937), which was completed in the fall of 1937, Oland began experiencing symptoms of dementia. He was apprehended walking outside his neighborhood in his underwear in the company of his prized miniature schnauzer completely disoriented. He returned to Sweden and sadly, Oland died the following August after a brief ... See more »


Frequently appeared as asian characters, despite having no proven asian ancestry See more »



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