Joseph Schildkraut (1896–1964)

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An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola (1937). His most ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Life of Emile Zola Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
The Cheaters Anthony 'Mr. M.' Marchand


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 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Henry Weber
- Whose Little Girl Are You? (1963) ... Henry Weber
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Mr. Stehlik
- 5: Part 3 (1963) ... Mr. Stehlik
- 5: Part 1 (1963) ... Mr. Stehlik
 1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Dr. Hans Frolick
- Jake Dance (1963) ... Dr. Hans Frolick
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Rabbi Gottlieb
- Hear the Mellow Wedding Bells (1962) ... Rabbi Gottlieb
 1961-1962 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
John Holt / Alfred Becker
- The Trade-Ins (1962) ... John Holt
- Deaths-Head Revisited (1961) ... Alfred Becker
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Maxwell Keller
- The Stepping Stone (1962) ... Dr. Maxwell Keller
 1959 The Diary of Anne Frank
Otto Frank
 1955 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 The Hammer and the Sword (TV Movie)
Baron von Steuben
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Henri Cassin
- So Dark the Night (1955) ... Henri Cassin
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Joseph Mayerhoff
- The Hand of the Hunter (1954) ... Joseph Mayerhoff
 1954 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
- Taste (1954)
 1953 Hamlet (TV Movie)
King Claudius
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Charles Dickens (segment "A Tale of Two Cities") / Death (segment "Everyman") / The Devil (segment "The Last Night of Don Juan")
- A Tale of Two Cities (1953) ... Charles Dickens (segment "A Tale of Two Cities")
- Grandma Moses (1953) ... Death (segment "Everyman")
- The Last Night of Don Juan (1953) ... The Devil (segment "The Last Night of Don Juan")
 1953 The Web (TV Series)
- A Time for Dying (1953)
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Major Ludwig
- Point of Honor (1953) ... Major Ludwig
 1951-1952 Personal Appearance Theater (TV Series)
Professor Deval
- The Chair (1952)
- The Professor (II) (1952) ... Professor Deval
- The Professor (1952) ... Professor Deval
- Washington Story (1951)
 1951 Cosmopolitan Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre (TV Series)
- Waiting for Love (1951)
 1951 Sure As Fate (TV Series)
- One in a Million (1951)
 1949-1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Uncle Harry / Mr. Edwards
- Uncle Harry (1950) ... Uncle Harry
- Kind Lady (1949) ... Mr. Edwards
 1948 The Gallant Legion
Sen. Clarke Faulkner
 1948 Old Los Angeles
Luis Savarin
 1947 Northwest Outpost
Count Igor Savin
 1946 Plainsman and the Lady
Peter Marquette
 1946 Monsieur Beaucaire
Don Francisco
 1945 The Cheaters
Anthony 'Mr. M.' Marchand
 1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
Tito Morell
 1941 The Tell-Tale Heart (Short)
Young Man
 1941 The Parson of Panamint
Bob Deming
 1940 Meet the Wildcat
Leon Dumeray
 1940 Rangers of Fortune
Col. Lewis Rebstock
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Al Taurez
 1940 The Shop Around the Corner
Ferencz Vadas
 1939 Pack Up Your Troubles
Hugo Ludwig
 1939 The Rains Came
Mr. Bannerjee
 1939 Lady of the Tropics
Pierre Delaroch
 1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
Hendrik Manderson
 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask
 1939 The Three Musketeers
King Louis XIII
 1939 Idiot's Delight
Captain Kirvline
 1938 Suez
Vicomte Rene De Latour
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Duke d'Orléans
 1938 The Baroness and the Butler
Baron Georg Marissey
 1937 Lady Behave!
Michael Andrews
 1937 Lancer Spy
Prince Ferdi Zu Schwarzwald
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
 1937 Souls at Sea
Gaston de Bastonet
 1937 Slave Ship
 1936 The Garden of Allah
 1935 Hollywood Extra Girl (Documentary short)
Crusades Actor (uncredited)
 1935 The Crusades
Conrad - Marquis of Montferrat
 1934 Cleopatra
 1934 Sisters Under the Skin
 1934 Viva Villa!
Gen. Pascal
 1932 The Blue Danube
 1931 Venetian Nights
Count Andreas Scipio
 1930 Cock o' the Walk
Carlos Lopez
 1930 The Night Ride
Joe Rooker
 1929 The Mississippi Gambler
Jack Morgan
 1929 Show Boat
Gaylord Ravenal
 1928 Tenth Avenue
Joe Ross
 1928 The Blue Danube
 1927 The Forbidden Woman
Jean La Coste
 1927 His Dog
Peter Olsen
 1927 The Heart Thief
Paul Kurt
 1927 The King of Kings
Judas Iscariot
 1926 Young April
Prince Caryl
 1926 Meet the Prince
Prince Nicholas
 1926 Shipwrecked
Larry O'Neil
 1925 The Road to Yesterday
Kenneth Paulton
 1923 The Song of Love
Raymon Valverde
 1921 Orphans of the Storm
Chevalier de Vaudrey
 1919 Der Diamant des Todes (Short)
 1916 Für den Ruhm des Geliebten
Musiker Rolf
 1916 Der Glücksschneider (Short)
Schramek jr. (as Josef Schildkraut)
 1915 Schlemihl
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Stage: Appeared (as "Earl Pfeiffer") in "Clash by Night" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Scenic Design by Boris Aronson. Directed by Lee Strasberg. Belasco Theatre: 27 Dec 1941-7 Feb 1942 (49 performances). Cast: Seth Arnold (as "Vincent Kress"), Tallulah Bankhead (as "Mae Wilenski"), Ralph Chambers (as "Mr. Potter"), ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Josef Schildkraut


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Although he had been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for The Life of Emile Zola (1937), he did not plan to attend the Oscar ceremony at first because his agent mistakenly informed him that he was not a favorite and was not going to win. He had gone to bed but was awakened by someone who received information that Schildkraut was indeed going to win. He arrived at the Warner Bros. table just in ... See more »



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