Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber

  • Born on
    • January 29th, 1882
  • Died on
    • October 14th, 1949
Fritz Reuter Leiber Sr. was an American actor. A Shakespearean actor on stage, he also had a successful career in film. He was the father of science fiction and fantasy writer Fritz Leiber Jr., who was also an actor for a time. Leiber and his wife spent much of their time touring in a Shakespearean acting company, known by the 1930s as Fritz Leiber & Co. Leiber made his film bow in 1916, playing Mercutio in the Francis X. Bushman version of “Romeo and Juliet.” With his piercing eyes and shock of white hair, Leiber seemed every inch the priests, professors, musical professors, and religious fanatics that he was frequently called upon to play in films. His many silent-era portrayals included Caesar in Theda Bara's 1917 “Cleopatra” and Solomon in the mammoth 1921 Betty Blythe vehicle “The Queen of Sheba.” He thrived as a character actor in sound films, usually in historical roles. In the film “Champagne Waltz” he portrayed an orchestra maestro; the role required him to play classical music on a violin and jazz on a clarinet. One of Leiber's larger assignments of the 1940s, and his most notable musical role, was as Franz Liszt in the Claude Rains' remake of “Phantom of the Opera” (1943). Leiber appears together with his son Fritz Leiber Jr. in the wedding-feast scene of Greta Garbo's film “Camille” (1936) and in Warner Bros.' “The Great Garrick” (1937). Leiber also appeared with his son Fritz Leiber Jr. in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), but Fritz Leiber Jr. was not credited for his small speaking part. Late in his career, Leiber performed briefly opposite Charles Chaplin as the priest who visits Monsieur Verdoux in his prison cell.

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Acting (24 Credits)

1950Devil's Doorway as Mr. Poole
1949Samson and Delilah as Lord Sharif
1948Inner Sanctum as Dr. Valonius
1948To the Ends of the Earth as Binda Sha
1947The Web as Leopold Kroner
1947Bells of San Angelo as Padre
1947Monsieur Verdoux as Father Fareaux
1946A Scandal in Paris as Painter
1946Humoresque as Hagerstrom
1946Angel on My Shoulder as Chemist Who Poisoned Wife (uncredited)
1945The Spanish Main as Bishop
1945Scarlet Street as Evangelist (uncredited)
1944Cry of the Werewolf as Dr. Charles Morris
1944Cobra Woman
1943Phantom of the Opera as Franz Liszt
1942Crossroads as Foreign Minister Deval (uncredited)
1940All This, and Heaven Too as Abbe Gallard
1940The Sea Hawk as Inquisitor
1939The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Old Nobleman
1937The Great Garrick as Horatio in 'Hamlet'
1937The Prince and the Pauper as Father Andrew
1936The Story of Louis Pasteur as Dr. Charbonnet
1936Anthony Adverse as Ouvrard
1935A Tale of Two Cities as Gaspard

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