Louis Calhern

Louis Calhern

  • Born on
    • February 19th, 1895
  • Died on
    • May 12th, 1956
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Carl Henry Vogt (February 19, 1895 – May 12, 1956), known professionally as Louis Calhern, was an American stage and screen actor. For portraying Oliver Wendell Holmes in the film The Magnificent Yankee (1950), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Calhern began working in silent films for director Lois Weber in the early 1920s; the most notable being The Blot in 1921. A 1921 newspaper article commented, "The new arrival in stardom is Louis Calhern, who, until Miss Weber engaged him to enact the leading male role in What's Worth While?, had been playing leads in the Morosco Stock company of Los Angeles." In 1923 Calhern left the movies, but would return to the screen eight years later after the advent of sound pictures. He was primarily cast as a character actor in films while he continued to play leading roles on the stage. He reached his peak in the 1950s as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player. Among his many memorable screen roles were Ambassador Trentino in the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup (1933) and three that he appeared in at MGM in 1950: a singing role as Buffalo Bill in the film version of the musical Annie Get Your Gun, the double-crossing lawyer and sugar-daddy to Marilyn Monroe in John Huston's film noir The Asphalt Jungle, and his Oscar-nominated performance as Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Magnificent Yankee (re-creating his role from the Broadway stage). He was also praised for his portrayal of the title role in the John Houseman production of Julius Caesar (adapted from the Shakespeare play) in 1953, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Calhern also played the role of the devious George Caswell, the manipulative board member of Tredway Corporation in the 1954 production of Executive Suite. Calhern's other film roles included the grandfather in The Red Pony (1949), adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck and starring Robert Mitchum, and the spy boss of Cary Grant in the Alfred Hitchcock suspense classic Notorious (1946). A performance as Uncle Willie in High Society (1956), a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, turned out to be his final film. Description above from the Wikipedia article Louis Calhern, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Acting (48 Credits)

1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1956Forever, Darling as Charles Y. Bewell
1956High Society as Uncle Willie
1955The Prodigal as Nahreeb
1955Blackboard Jungle as Jim Murdock
1954Men of the Fighting Lady as James A. Michener
1954The Student Prince as King of Karlsberg
1954Betrayed as Gen. Ten Eyck
1954Rhapsody as Nicholas Durant
1954Athena as Grandpa Ulysses Mulvain
1954Executive Suite as George Nyle Caswell
1953Julius Caesar as Julius Caesar
1952The Prisoner of Zenda as Col. Zapt
1952Invitation as Simon Bowker
1952We're Not Married! as Freddie Melrose
1952The Bad and the Beautiful as Georgia Father (voice)
1951The Man with a Cloak as Charles Theverner
1950The Magnificent Yankee as Oliver Wendell Holmes
1950The Asphalt Jungle as Alonzo D. Emmerich
1950Devil's Doorway as Verne Coolan
1950Annie Get Your Gun as Col. Buffalo Bill Cody
1950A Life of Her Own as Jim Leversoe
1950Two Weeks with Love as Horatio Robinson
1950Nancy Goes to Rio as Gregory Elliott
1949The Red Pony as Grandfather
1949The Red Danube as Colonel Piniev
1948Arch of Triumph as Boris Morosov
1946Notorious as Captain Paul Prescott
1944Up in Arms as Colonel Ashley
1943Heaven Can Wait as Randolph Van Cleve
1940I Take This Woman as Dr. Martin Sumner Duveen
1940Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as Dr. Brockdorf
1939Fifth Avenue Girl as Dr. Kessler
1939Juarez as LeMarc
1938Fast Company as Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
1937The Life of Emile Zola as Major Dort
1936The Gorgeous Hussy as Leroy Sunderland
1935The Last Days of Pompeii as Prefect Allus Martius
1934The Count of Monte Cristo as De Villefort Jr.
1934The Man with Two Faces as Stanley Vance
1933The World Gone Mad as Christopher Bruno
1933Duck Soup as Ambassador Trentino
1932Frisco Jenny as Steve Dutton
193220, 000 Years in Sing Sing as Joe Finn
1932They Call It Sin as Ford Humphries
1932Night After Night as Dick Bolton
1931Blonde Crazy as 'Dapper Dan' Barker
1921The Blot as Phil West


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