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Also Known As: Cornelius Louis Wilde Died: October 16, 1989
Born: October 13, 1915 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, commercial artist, fencing instructor, salesman

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Handsome leading men were hardly in short supply in Hollywood during the 1940s, but Cornel Wilde was a unique specimen. Fluent in several languages and good with accents, he was also highly athletic and often emphasized physicality in his performances. As a former member of the U.S. fencing team, he was able to utilize skills that made him a desirable lead for period swashbucklers, a la Errol Flynn. It also did not hurt that he was an effective dramatic performer and proved it when he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for "A Song to Remember" (1945) early on in his career. He also did laudable work in successful productions like "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945), "Forever Amber" (1947), and "Road House" (1948) during his tenure at 20th Century Fox. Unlike a lot of his peers, Wilde was ambitious and carved out a successful second career behind the camera as a producer, director and sometime screenwriter. His later credits in this vein included such graphic, groundbreaking films as the jungle adventure "The Naked Prey" (1966), the Vietnam drama "Beach Red" (1967), and the post-apocalyptic thriller "No Blade of Grass" (1970). An intelligent and able performer, Wilde was a solid actor and also an unfairly...

Handsome leading men were hardly in short supply in Hollywood during the 1940s, but Cornel Wilde was a unique specimen. Fluent in several languages and good with accents, he was also highly athletic and often emphasized physicality in his performances. As a former member of the U.S. fencing team, he was able to utilize skills that made him a desirable lead for period swashbucklers, a la Errol Flynn. It also did not hurt that he was an effective dramatic performer and proved it when he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for "A Song to Remember" (1945) early on in his career. He also did laudable work in successful productions like "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945), "Forever Amber" (1947), and "Road House" (1948) during his tenure at 20th Century Fox. Unlike a lot of his peers, Wilde was ambitious and carved out a successful second career behind the camera as a producer, director and sometime screenwriter. His later credits in this vein included such graphic, groundbreaking films as the jungle adventure "The Naked Prey" (1966), the Vietnam drama "Beach Red" (1967), and the post-apocalyptic thriller "No Blade of Grass" (1970). An intelligent and able performer, Wilde was a solid actor and also an unfairly overlooked directorial talent of that era.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Shark's Treasure (1975) Director
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  No Blade of Grass (1970) Director
3.
  Beach Red (1967) Director
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  The Naked Prey (1966) Director
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  Maracaibo (1958) Director
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  The Devil's Hairpin (1957) Director
7.
  Storm Fear (1956) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 The Fifth Musketeer (1979) D'Artagnan
3.
 Norseman, The (1978) Ragnar
4.
 Shark's Treasure (1975) Jim
5.
 Gargoyles (1972) Mercer Boley
6.
 The Comic (1969) Frank Powers
7.
 Beach Red (1967) Captain MacDonald
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 The Naked Prey (1966) Man
9.
 Sword of Lancelot (1963) Sir Lancelot
10.
 Constantine and the Cross (1962) Constantine
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Worked various jobs (e.g. Newspaper reporter); acted in summer stock; appeared on New York stage
1936:
Quit US fencing team before Berlin Olympics
1940:
Hired as fencing instructor and played Tybalt in Olivier's Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet"
1940:
Hired by Warner Bros.; Film acting debut in "The Lady with Red Hair"
1941:
Signed with 20th Century-Fox
1955:
Formed Theodora Productions; first film under Theodora banner, "Storm Fear"
1955:
Film directing and producing debut, (also actor), "Storm Fear" (screenplay by Horton Foote)
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Education

Townsend Harris High School: New York , New York -
Theodora Irvine Studio for the Theatre: New York , New York -
City College of New York: New York , New York - 1933
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1935

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wife:
Patricia Knight. Actor. Married September 29, 1937; divorced 1951.
wife:
Jean Wallace. Actor, businesswoman. Married 1951, divorced 1981.

Contributions

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Wilde was born in Prievidza, Hungary, in an area which later became Czechoslovakia and even later Slovakia, to Hungarian Jewish parents Béla Weisz and Renée Vojtech. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1920. A talented linguist, and astute mimic, he had an ear for languages. He qualified for the United States fencing team prior to the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, but quit the team just prior to the games saying that it was in order to take a role in the theater. As a Hungarian Jew, he may also have felt it risky to return to Nazi Germany. His role of Frédéric Chopin in 1945's A Song to Remember, earned him a Academy Award nomination. He also appeared in some significant films noir, opposite Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (1945), Road House (1948). The original script for The Naked Prey was largely based on a true historical incident about a trapper named John Colter being pursued by Blackfoot Indians in Wyoming. Wilde died of leukemia three days after his 74th birthday. Wilde is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Cornel Wilde has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1635 Vine Street.

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