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Also Known As: Died: January 21, 1964
Born: March 22, 1896 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, author

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Son of renowned Viennese actor Rudolph Schildkraut who studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before joining Max Reinhardt's company in 1913, where he soon emerged as a star. Schildkraut set down in the US in 1920 and almost immediately established himself as a matinee idol on Broadway. He pursued a simultaneous screen career, first in debonair leading roles and later in a number of oily, villainous characterizations. He gave notable performances in "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937) and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959).

Son of renowned Viennese actor Rudolph Schildkraut who studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before joining Max Reinhardt's company in 1913, where he soon emerged as a star. Schildkraut set down in the US in 1920 and almost immediately established himself as a matinee idol on Broadway. He pursued a simultaneous screen career, first in debonair leading roles and later in a number of oily, villainous characterizations. He gave notable performances in "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937) and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Nicodemus
3.
 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) Otto Frank
4.
 Old Los Angeles (1948) Luis Savarin
5.
 The Gallant Legion (1948) Sen. Clarke Faulkner
6.
 Northwest Outpost (1947) Count Igor Savin
7.
 Plainsman and the Lady (1946) Peter Marquette
8.
 Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) General Don Francisco
9.
 Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) Tito Morell
10.
 The Cheaters (1945) Anthony Marchaund, also known as Mr. M.
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Milestones close milestones

1913:
Joined Max Reinhardt's stage company
1915:
Screen debut in "Schlemiel"
1922:
American screen debut in "Orphans of the Storm"
1927:
Cast as Judas in the silent "King of Kings"; father played a high priest
1929:
Played Gaylord Ravenel in the non-musical version of "Show Boat"
1934:
Cast as King Herod opposite Claudette Colbert's "Cleopatra"
1935:
Co-starred in "The Crusades"
1937:
Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar for performance as Captain Alfred Dreyfus in "The Life of Emile Zola"
1938:
Had featured role in "Marie Antoinette"
1939:
Portrayed King Louis in "The Three Musketeers"
1940:
Co-starred in "The Shop Around the Corner"
1946:
Appeared in "Monsieur Beaucaire"
1948:
Last films for more than a decade, "Old Los Angeles" and "The Gallant Legion"
1953:
Played Claudius to Maurice Evans' "Hamlet" in the first ever American telecast of the play on NBC
1953:
Acted on the NYC stage in "Love's Labour's Lost"
1953:
Hosted "Joseph Schildkraut Presents", a series of half-hour dramas aired on the DuMont network
1955:
Created role of Otto Frank in the Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1959:
Recreated stage role in the film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1962:
Acted in a memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone", playing an elderly man who must chose between opting for a new, younger body or living out the remaining years in pain
1965:
Final film, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"; released posthumously
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

Schildkraut was posthumously inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1996.

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wife:
Elsie Porter. Married April 7, 1922.
wife:
Marie Schildkraut. Born in 1905; married from 1932 until her death in 1962.
wife:
Leonora Rogers. Third wife; married less than one year; survived him.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Rudolph Schildkraut. Actor.
mother:
Erna Schildkraut.

Bibliography close complete biography

"My Father and I"

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