Cornel Wilde (1912–1989)


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Dashing actor Cornel Wilde was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on October 13, 1912, in Prievidza, Hungary (now part of Slovakia), to a Jewish family. In 1920, he immigrated to New York City with his parents, Rayna (Vid) and Vojtech Béla Weisz, and elder sister, Edith. His family Americanized their names and Kornel took the name Cornelius Louis Wilde. He ... See full bio »

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The Greatest Show on Earth The Great Sebastian
(1952)
No Blade of Grass Radio Voice
(1970)
Sword of Lancelot Sir Lancelot
(1963)
(1965)

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 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Duncan Barnett
- The Way to Dusty Death (1987) ... Duncan Barnett
 1986 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
George Burnett
- Mike's Baby (1986) ... George Burnett
 1985 Flesh and Bullets
Captain of Police Department
 1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Edgar Dolan
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer
D'Artagnan
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Daring Danny Ryan
- Charlie's Cherubs/Stalag 3 (1978) ... Daring Danny Ryan
 1978 The Norseman
Ragnar
 1975 Sharks' Treasure
Jim Carnahan
 1972 Gargoyles (TV Movie)
Dr. Mercer Boley
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Dr. John Fletcher (segment "Deliveries in the Rear")
- Deliveries in the Rear/Stop Killing Me/Dead Weight (1972) ... Dr. John Fletcher (segment "Deliveries in the Rear")
 1970 No Blade of Grass
Radio Voice (voice, uncredited)
 1969 The Comic
Frank Powers
 1967 Beach Red
Capt. MacDonald / Narrator
 1965 The Naked Prey
Man
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
George Press
- Doesn't Anyone Know Who I Am? (1964) ... George Press
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Gil McMasters
- Big Man from Nairobi (1964) ... Gil McMasters
 1963 Sword of Lancelot
Sir Lancelot
 1955-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Rudy Alberti / Peter Maresy
- The Great Alberti (1961) ... Rudy Alberti
- The Blond Dog (1955) ... Peter Maresy
 1961 Constantine and the Cross
Constantine
 1960 The Chevy Show (TV Series)
 1960 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Steve Roberts / German Captain / Count / ...
- Around the World with Nellie Bly (1960) ... Steve Roberts / German Captain / Count / ...
 1959 Edge of Eternity
Les Martin
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Damon Phillips
- Coast to Coast (1958) ... Damon Phillips
 1958 Maracaibo
Vic Scott
 1957 The Devil's Hairpin
Nick Jargin
 1957 Omar Khayyam
Omar Khayyam
 1957 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Cornel Wilde
- An Evening to Remember (1957) ... Cornel Wilde
 1956 Beyond Mombasa
Matt Campbell
 1956 Hot Blood
Stephano Torino
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- Screen Credit (1956)
 1955 Storm Fear
Charlie Blake
 1955 The Scarlet Coat
Maj. John Boulton
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Cornel Wilde
- The Star Upstairs (1955) ... Cornel Wilde
 1955 The Big Combo
Police Lt. Leonard Diamond
 1954 Passion
Juan Obreón
 1954 Woman's World
Bill Baxter
 1954 Star of India
Pierre St. Laurent
 1953 Saadia
Si Lahssen
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Cornel Wilde
 1952 Operation Secret
Peter Forrester
 1952 California Conquest
Don Arturo Bordega
 1952 At Sword's Point
D'Artagnan Jr.
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
The Great Sebastian
 1950 Two Flags West
Capt. Mark Bradford
 1949 Four Days Leave
Stanley Robin
 1949 Shockproof
Griff Marat
 1948 Road House
Pete Morgan
 1948 The Walls of Jericho
Dave Connors
 1947 Stairway for a Star
Jimmy Banks
 1947 It Had to Be You
George McKesson / Johnny Blaine
 1947 Forever Amber
Bruce Carlton
 1947 The Homestretch
Jock Wallace
 1946 Centennial Summer
Philippe Lascalles
 1946 The Bandit of Sherwood Forest
Robert of Nottingham
 1945 Leave Her to Heaven
Richard Harland
 1945 A Thousand and One Nights
Aladdin
 1945 A Song to Remember
Frédéric Chopin
 1943 Wintertime
Freddy Austin
 1942 Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Robert Carter
 1942 Manila Calling
Jeff Bailey
 1941 The Perfect Snob
Mike Lord
 1941 Kisses for Breakfast
Chet Oakley
 1941 Knockout
Tom Rossi
 1941 High Sierra
Louis Mendoza
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Mr. Williams (uncredited)
 1937 Exclusive
Reporter (uncredited)
 1936 The Rhythm Party (Short)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Show Show Director (9 credits)
Show Show Producer (9 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (36 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (11 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Nehemiah") in "Jeremiah" on Broadway. Music by Chemjo Vinaver. Written by Stefan Zweig. Translated by Cedar Paul and Eden Paul. Acting version by John Gassner and Worthington Miner (also director). Choreographed by Felicia Sorel. Guild Theatre: 3 Feb 1939-Mar 1939 (closing date unknown/35 performances). Cast: Joan... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jefferson Pascal

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Jean Wallace  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Vojtech Weisz | Renée Mary Vid
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the worst mistake of his career] I got too cocky and I actually turned down a choice role old C.B. offered me in The Ten Commandments (1956): Joshua. I said it was too small and the money wasn't enough. C.B. never spoke to me again and even one line in such a blockbuster would have bolstered my career momentum. John Derek replaced me. What stupidity! Dumb, dumb! See more »

Trivia:

In this last two roles, he played a character with the last name Barnett: George Barnett on an episode of The New Mike Hammer, and Duncan Barnett on Murder, She Wrote. See more »

Trademark:

Wide range of accents in radio

Star Sign:

Libra

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