Joseph Schildkraut


Actor
Joseph Schildkraut

About

Birth Place
Austria
Born
March 22, 1896
Died
January 21, 1964
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

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 numb...

Family & Companions

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

Bibliography

"My Father and I"
Joseph Schildkraut (1959)

Notes

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

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Nicodemus
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
Abraham Rothstein
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Otto Frank
The Gallant Legion (1948)
Sen. Clarke Faulkner
Old Los Angeles (1948)
Luis Savarin
Northwest Outpost (1947)
Count Igor Savin
Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
General Don Francisco
Plainsman and the Lady (1946)
Peter Marquette
The Cheaters (1945)
Anthony Marchaund, also known as Mr. M.
Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)
Tito Morell
The Parson of Panamint (1941)
Bob Deming
Rangers of Fortune (1940)
Colonel Lewis Rebstock
Phantom Raiders (1940)
Al Taurez
Meet the Wildcat (1940)
[Leon] Dumeray
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Ferencz Vadas
The Rains Came (1939)
Mr. Bannerjee
The Three Musketeers (1939)
King
Idiot's Delight (1939)
Captain Kirvline
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Hendrik Manderson
Lady of the Tropics (1939)
Pierre Delaroch
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
[Nicholas] Fouquet
Pack Up Your Troubles (1939)
[Captain Paul Didot, alias] Hugo Ludwig
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Duke d'Orleans
The Baroness and the Butler (1938)
Baron Georg Marissey
Suez (1938)
Vicomte Rene De Latour
Lady Behave! (1938)
Michael Dimitri Andrews
Souls at Sea (1937)
Gaston de Bastonet
Slave Ship (1937)
Danelo
Lancer Spy (1937)
Prince Ferdi Zu Schwarzwald
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
The Garden of Allah (1936)
Batouch
The Crusades (1935)
Conrad, Marquis of Montferrat
Viva Villa (1934)
General Pascal
Sisters Under the Skin (1934)
Zukowski
Cleopatra (1934)
Herod
Die Sehnsucht Jeder Frau (1930)
Buck
Cock o' the Walk (1930)
Carlos López
Night Ride (1930)
Joe Rooker
Show Boat (1929)
Gaylord Ravenal
The Mississippi Gambler (1929)
Jack Morgan
The Blue Danube (1928)
Ludwig
Tenth Avenue (1928)
Joe Ross
The Forbidden Woman (1927)
Jean La Coste
The Heart Thief (1927)
Paul Kurt
His Dog (1927)
Peter Olsen
The King of Kings (1927)
Judas
Young April (1926)
Prince Caryl
Shipwrecked (1926)
Larry O'Neil
Meet the Prince (1926)
Prince Nicholas Alexnov
The Road to Yesterday (1925)
Kenneth Paulton
The Song of Love (1923)
Raymon Valverde
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Chevalier de Vaudrey

Life Events

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

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

1953

Played Claudius to Maurice Evans' "Hamlet" in the first ever American telecast of the play on NBC

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

Videos

Movie Clip

Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - Have You Seen My Shoes? Life in the attic apartment, Anne (Millie Perkins) first writing and narrating, then taunting Peter (Richard Beymer), his mother (Shelley Winters) and her father (Joseph Schildkraut) supporting, in George Stevens' The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - I'm Living A Great Adventure In Amsterdam just after the war, Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank has just been identified, greeted by Miep (Dody Heath) and Kraler (Douglas Spencer), whom we surmise helped him and his family hide from the Nazis, leading to the introduction of the diary and the title character (Millie Perkins), early in George Stevens' The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - Bring Only What You Can Carry Delivered by the hosts (Douglas Spencer, Dody Heath) and introduced to the hidden family (including Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Millie Perkins as the title character and Lou Jacobi as Van Daan), dentist Dussell (Ed Wynn) brings harrowing news of Amsterdam, in George Stevens’ The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - Was It A Very Bad Dream? A dream sequence from screenwriters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, from their play and directed by George Stevens, Millie Perkins as the title character, in Amsterdam ca. 1944, imagining scenes of German concentration camps that have been described only by hearsay, Gusti Huber as her mother, in The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Phantom Raiders (1940) - Ten Thousand Bags Of Sand Joining the complex opening scene, in Panama, where master crook Taurez (Joseph Schildkraut) manipulates goon Gunboat (Nat Pendleton) framed shipping exec Morris (Cecil Kellaway), and would-be-hero undercover cop Steve (John Burton), in the MGM Nick Carter serial Phantom Raiders, 1940, starring Walter Pidgeon.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - Royal Blood Colbert (Walter Kingsford) trumps King Louis (Louis Hayward) as he plans to hang Phillipe (also Hayward), producing a convincing witness, Queen Anne (Doris Kenyon) in James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - Opening, A Boy! Opening titles leading into King Louis XIII (Albert Dekker) enjoying the birth of his son, while Fouquet (Joseph Schildkraut) connives with Cardinal Richelieu (Nigel de Brulier) in James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
Shop Around The Corner, The (1940) - Matuschek And Company Under Ernst Lubitsch’s direction from Samson Raphaelson’s script, smooth introduction of Pepi, Pirovitch, Flora, Ilona, Kralik, Vadas and boss Matuschek (William Tracy, Felix Bressart, Sara Haden, Inez Courtney, star James Stewart, Joseph Schildkraut and Frank Morgan), opening The Shop Around The Corner, 1940.
Shop Around The Corner, The (1940) - Maybe You Could Use Me? In contemporary Budapest, boss Matuschek (Frank Morgan) fuming, so staff including Kralik (James Stewart) are lying low when Klara (Margaret Sullavan) makes her first appearance, reluctant to admit she’s looking for work, in director Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around The Corner, 1940.
Baroness And The Butler, The (1938) - The Results From Budapest As Hungary's Prime Minister (Henry Stephenson) dines with his wife (Helen Westley), son-in-law (Joseph Schildkraut) and daughter (Annabella), butler Johann (William Powell) has a secret revealed, in The Baroness And The Butler, 1938.
Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939) - Dearly Beloved... Cardinal Richelieu (Nigel de Brulier) is about to marry Phillipe (Louis Hayward) and Maria Theresa (Joan Bennett) when Fouquet (Joseph Schildkraut) shows up with an objection in James Whale's The Man in the Iron Mask, 1939.
Marie Antoinette (1938) - Roll In The Gutter At Versailles, two years into her so-far childless marriage (to Robert Morley, future Louis XVI), Norma Shearer (title character) confronts Louis XV (John Barrymore), then his catty consort Mme. DuBarry (Gladys George), in MGM's bigger-than-the-real-thing ballroom, in Marie Antoinette, 1938.

Trailer

Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959) -- (Original Trailer) Theatrical trailer for producer-director George Stevens’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket, based on the original diary, The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959, starring Millie Perkins.
Viva Villa! - (Original Trailer) Wallace Beery stars in Viva Villa! (1934), the story of the bandit chief who led the battle for Mexican independence.
Lady of the Tropics - (Original Trailer) An American playboy (Robert Taylor) in Saigon has to fight to get his Eurasian wife (Hedy Lamarr) out of the country in Lady of the Tropics (1939).
Life of Emile Zola, The - (Original Trailer) A famed writer risks his reputation to defend a Jewish army officer accused of treason in The Life of Emile Zola (1937).
Idiot's Delight - (Original Trailer) Clark Gable and Norma Shearer star in Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Idiot's Delight (1939).
Marie Antoinette - (Wide Release Trailer) Norma Shearer stars in Marie Antoinette (1938), a lavish film biography of the French queen whose rule alienated the citizens of France.
Phantom Raiders - (Original Trailer) Detective Nick Carter (Walter Pidgeon) tries to stop enemy agents from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
Rains Came, The - (Re-issue Trailer) An affair between a Hindu doctor (Tyrone Power) and a British noblewoman (Myrna Loy) is disrupted when The Rains Came (1939).
Shop Around the Corner, The - (Original Trailer) Feuding co-workers don't realize they're secret romantic penpals in The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
Cleopatra (1934) - (Re-issue Trailer) Claudette Colbert is the Queen of the Nile in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra (1934).
Crusades, The - (Original Trailer) Cecil B. DeMille presents the story of The Crusades (1935) with Henry Wilcoxon as the Holy Land-bound Richard the Lion-Hearted.

Family

Rudolph Schildkraut
Father
Actor.
Erna Schildkraut
Mother

Companions

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

Bibliography

"My Father and I"
Joseph Schildkraut (1959)

Notes

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