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Louis Calhern

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.


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Born:
Feb 19, 1895 In Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
70
First Appeared:
In the movie What's Worth While? 1921-02-27
Latest Project:
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II 1976-05-17
Known For
Poster of The Bad and the Beautiful
Poster of The Asphalt Jungle
Poster of Notorious
Poster of Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Filmography
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Forever, Darling Charles Y. Bewell 1956-02-09
Movie High Society Uncle Willie 1956-07-17
Movie Blackboard Jungle Jim Murdock 1955-03-19
Movie The Prodigal Nahreeb 1955-05-06
Movie Rhapsody Nicholas Durant 1954-04-16
Movie Executive Suite George Nyle Caswell 1954-04-30
Movie Men of the Fighting Lady James A. Michener 1954-05-07
Movie Athena Grandpa Ulysses Mulvain 1954-11-04
Movie Betrayed Gen. Ten Eyck 1954-09-07
Movie The Student Prince King of Karlsberg 1954-06-15
Movie Confidentially Connie Opie Bedloe 1953-03-12
Movie Remains to Be Seen Benjamin Goodman 1953-05-15
Movie Latin Lovers Grandfather Eduardo Santos 1953-08-12
Movie Main Street to Broadway Himself 1953-10-12
Movie Julius Caesar Julius Caesar 1953-06-04
Movie Invitation Simon Bowker 1952-01-29
Movie Washington Story Charles W. Birch 1952-07-01
Movie The Bad and the Beautiful Georgia Father (voice) 1952-12-25
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda Col. Zapt 1952-11-04
Movie We're Not Married! Freddie Melrose 1952-07-11
Movie The Man with a Cloak Charles Theverner 1951-11-27
Movie The Asphalt Jungle Alonzo D. Emmerich 1950-06-01
Movie Annie Get Your Gun Col. Buffalo Bill Cody 1950-05-01
Movie Nancy Goes to Rio Gregory Elliott 1950-03-10
Movie A Life of Her Own Jim Leversoe 1950-09-01
Movie Devil's Doorway Verne Coolan 1950-09-15
Movie The Magnificent Yankee Oliver Wendell Holmes 1950-12-20
Movie Two Weeks with Love Horatio Robinson 1950-11-10
Movie The Red Pony Grandfather 1949-03-08
Movie The Red Danube Colonel Piniev 1949-10-14
Movie Arch of Triumph Boris Morosov 1948-02-17
Movie Notorious Captain Paul Prescott 1946-08-21
Movie The Bridge of San Luis Rey Don Andre - The Viceroy 1944-02-11
Movie Up in Arms Colonel Ashley 1944-02-17
Movie Heaven Can Wait Randolph Van Cleve 1943-08-05
Movie Nobody's Darling Curtis Farnsworth 1943-08-27
Movie I Take This Woman Dr. Martin Sumner Duveen 1940-02-02
Movie Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Dr. Brockdorf 1940-02-23
Movie 5th Ave Girl Dr. Kessler 1939-09-22
Movie Juarez LeMarc 1939-06-10
Movie Charlie McCarthy, Detective Arthur Aldrich 1939-12-22
Movie Fast Company Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman 1938-07-05
Movie Her Husband Lies Joe Sorrell 1937-03-13
Movie The Life of Emile Zola Major Dort 1937-10-02
Movie The Gorgeous Hussy Leroy Sunderland 1936-08-28
Movie The Arizonian Sheriff Jake Mannen 1935-06-27
Movie Woman Wanted Smiley 1935-08-02
Movie The Last Days of Pompeii Prefect Allus Martius 1935-10-18
Movie The Man with Two Faces Stanley Vance 1934-08-04
Movie The Affairs of Cellini Ottaviano 1934-08-24
Movie The Count of Monte Cristo De Villefort Jr. 1934-09-06
Movie Sweet Adeline Major Jim Day 1934-12-29
Movie The Woman Accused Leo Young 1933-02-17
Movie Strictly Personal Jack Magruder 1933-03-17
Movie The World Gone Mad Christopher Bruno 1933-04-15
Movie Duck Soup Ambassador Trentino 1933-11-12
Movie Diplomaniacs Winkelreid 1933-04-28
Movie Night After Night Dick Bolton 1932-10-30
Movie Okay, America! Mileaway Russell 1932-09-08
Movie They Call It Sin Ford Humphries 1932-11-05
Movie Afraid to Talk Asst. District Attorney John Wade 1932-12-01
Movie 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Joe Finn 1932-12-24
Movie Frisco Jenny Steve Dutton 1932-12-30
Movie Stolen Heaven Steve Perry 1931-02-20
Movie The Road to Singapore Dr. George March 1931-10-10
Movie Blonde Crazy 'Dapper Dan' Barker 1931-12-03
Movie What's Worth While? Unknown 1921-02-27
Movie The Blot Phil West 1921-09-04
Movie Too Wise Wives David Graham 1921-05-22