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Also Known As: Frantisek Lederer, Franz Lederer Died: May 25, 2000
Born: November 6, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor, stage manager, propman, acting teacher, prompter, shop window decorator, salesman

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This dark, wide-eyed, stunningly handsome international lead of stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s later created an interesting gallery of offbeat character roles. Francis Lederer began his career as a theatrical apprentice in his native Prague after WWI service and eventually enjoyed considerable success acting in a number of theaters in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany. His work included a turn as Romeo in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" staged by the legendary Max Reinhardt. Lederer, initially known as Franz in his European films, made his mark in G.W. Pabst's famous "Pandora's Box" (1928) as a young man who, along with his father, becomes obsessed with the alluring and hedonistic femme fatale Lulu (Louise Brooks). Dashingly garbed in military costume, he also did quite well in the lush and poignant romantic drama "The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna" (1929).

This dark, wide-eyed, stunningly handsome international lead of stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s later created an interesting gallery of offbeat character roles. Francis Lederer began his career as a theatrical apprentice in his native Prague after WWI service and eventually enjoyed considerable success acting in a number of theaters in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany. His work included a turn as Romeo in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" staged by the legendary Max Reinhardt. Lederer, initially known as Franz in his European films, made his mark in G.W. Pabst's famous "Pandora's Box" (1928) as a young man who, along with his father, becomes obsessed with the alluring and hedonistic femme fatale Lulu (Louise Brooks). Dashingly garbed in military costume, he also did quite well in the lush and poignant romantic drama "The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna" (1929).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Other Eye, The (1991)
2.
 Terror Is a Man (1959) Dr. Charles Girard
3.
 The Return of Dracula (1958) Belak Gordal, assumed name of the vampire
4.
 Maracaibo (1958) Miguel Orlando
5.
 The Ambassador's Daughter (1956) Prince Nicholas Obelski
6.
 Lisbon (1956) Serafim
7.
 Stolen Identity (1953) Claude Manelli
8.
 Surrender (1950) Henry Vaan
9.
 A Woman of Distinction (1950) Paul Simone
10.
 Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950) Baron Rocco de Greffi
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Served with the Czechoslovakian artillery during WWI while still a teenager; attained rank of corporal
1919:
Began stage career as a teenager in his native Prague; made stage debut with a walk-on in "Burning Heart" while an apprentice with the New German Theater
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Became a matinee idol on the stage in Vienna, Berlin and other European cities in the 1920s; played Romeo in a Max Reinhardt production of "Romeo and Juliet"
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Earliest films included the German-made "Pandora's Box" and "The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna" and the French "Maman Colibri"
1931:
London stage debut, "My Sister and I"
1932:
Moved to the USA
1932:
Had a success with Broadway debut in "Autumn Crocus"; later reprised role in Los Angeles production
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US feature debut, "Man of Two Worlds" (shot in 1933, released in early 1934)
1939:
Succeeded Laurence Olivier in the leading male role of the popular Broadway comedy "No Time for Comedy"
1941:
Last film for several years, "Puddin' Head"; focused primarily on stage tours in the USA for several years
1944:
Returned to films with "Voice in the Wind"
1950:
Last film for six years, "Surrender"
1956:
Returned to film work with "Lisbon" and "The Ambassador's Daughter"
1959:
Last major film work, "Terror Is a Man"
1973:
Was one of the founders of the American National Academy of Performing Arts in Los Angeles
1975:
Was one of the founders of the International Academy of Performing Arts in Washington, DC
1991:
Appeared as an interviewee in the compilation documentary, "The Other Eye/Der Andere Blick," an examination of the life and career of director G.W. Pabst
1998:
Appeared as an interviewee in the documentary, "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu," focusing on his leading lady from "Pandora's Box"; made for TV for Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
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Education

Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts: -
New German Theater: -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

In 2000, Lederer was awarded the Cross of Honor for Science and Arts, First Class by the Austrian government.

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wife:
Ada Nejedly. Divorced.
wife:
Margo. Actor, singer, dancer. Married in 1937; divorced in 1940; later married Eddie Albert.
wife:
Marion Irvine. Served as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, California; married on July 10, 1941; survived him.

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father:
Josef Lederer. Leather merchant.
mother:
Rose Lederer.

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