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Fredric March

Fredric March

  • Nothing Sacred (1937) October 06 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • It's A Big Country (1952) October 15 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • One Foot In Heaven (1941) October 27 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Eagle and the Hawk, The (1933) December 01 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Susan And God (1940) December 01 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Bedtime Story (1942) December 04 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: April 14, 1975
Born: August 31, 1897 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Racine, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Racine, Wisconsin
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Worked as bank teller during high school vacations
1917:
Enlisted in the US Army; eventually commissioned as a lieutenant
1919:
Moved to NYC after a year in the Army to become a banker; worked as parttime newspaper and magazine model and as trainee at National City Bank until he suffered appendicitis and turned to acting during recuperation leave
1920:
Professional stage debut in David Belasco's production of "Debarau" in Baltimore; later moved to Broadway
1921:
Worked as an extra in films
1924:
At suggestion of director John Cromwell, changed name to Fredric March
1926:
Joined stock company in Denver where he met Florence Eldridge
1927:
Last Broadway appearance for over a decade, "The Devil in the Cheese"
1928:
Enjoyed stage success as Barrymoresque actor Tony Cavendish in the Los Angeles production of "The Royal Family"; spotted by a talent scout from Paramount and signed to a contract
1929:
Film debut in "The Dummy"
1929:
Played a professor who catches the attention of student Clara Bow in "The Wild Party"
1929:
Co-starred in the film version of Philip Barry's play "Paris Bound"
1930:
Acted in "Sarah and Son"
1930:
Reprised role of Tony Cavendish in the film "The Royal Family of Broadway"; garnered first Academy Award nomination
1931:
Received first Oscar for title role in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; tied for award with Wallace Beery ("The Champ")
1933:
Starred in the film adaptation of Noel Coward's play "Design for Living"
1934:
Portrayed Death in human form in the film "Death Takes a Holiday"
1934:
Had title role in "The Affairs of Cellini"
1934:
Portrayed Robert Browning to Norma Shearer's Elizabeth Barrett in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"
1935:
Cast as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" and Vronsky to Greta Garbo's "Anna Karenina"
1936:
Had title role in "Anthony Adverse"
1937:
Portrayed the washed-up, alcoholic actor Norman Maine in the first screen version of "A Star Is Born", opposite Janet Gaynor; received Oscar nomination for Best Actor
1937:
Teamed with Carole Lombard in "Nothing Sacred"
1937:
Listed as the fifth highest-paid actor in Hollywood (earning nearly $500,000 a year)
1938:
Called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee
1938:
Returned to Broadway with Florence Eldridge in "Yr. Obedient Husband"; show was quick flop
1940:
Appeared in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "One Foot in Heaven"
1941:
Cast a playwright trying to stop his actress-wife from retiring in "Bedtime Story"
1942:
Starred opposite Veronica Lake in "I Married a Witch"
1942:
Had lead role in the award-winning play "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder
1944:
Played the title role in "The Adventures of Mark Twain"
1946:
Received second Academy Award for playing a returning soldier in "The Best Years of Our Lives"
1947:
Earned one of the first Tony Awards for Lead Actor in a Play for his work in the Broadway production of "Years Ago"; tied with Jose Ferrer
1948:
Starred in "Another Part of the Forest"
1949:
Offered the stage role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" but rejected it as being too "grim"; later starred in the 1951 film version
1949:
Had title role in "Christopher Columbus"
1950:
Acted on Broadway with Florence Eldredge in "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep", "The Autumn Garden" and "An Enemy of the People" (the latter adapted by Arthur Miller)
1951:
Earned fifth Academy Award nomination for "Death of a Salesman"
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Was "grey-listed" during the 1950s
1954:
Played an unscrupulous financial executive in "Executive Suite"
1954:
Once again played Tony Cavendish in a CBS TV production of "The Royal Family"
1954:
Cast as Scrooge in CBS musical version of "A Christmas Carol"
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Co-starred with Eldridge on Broadway in premiere of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; won second Tony Award
1958:
Played Arthur Winslow in the CBS version of "The Winslow Boy"
1960:
Starred opposite Spencer Tracy in the fictionalized version of the Scopes trial, "Inherit the Wind"; played character based on William Jennings Bryan; Eldridge portrayed his wife
1961:
Final Broadway role, "Gideon"; nominated for a Tony Award
1964:
Appeared as the US President facing a military plot to overthrow the government in "Seven Days in May"
1967:
Acted in "Hombre"
1970:
Returned to features in "... tick ... tick ... tick ..."
1970:
First diagnosed with cancer; underwent treatment
1973:
Last film appearance as Harry Hope in "The Iceman Cometh"

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