Melvyn Douglas


Actor
Melvyn Douglas

About

Also Known As
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg
Birth Place
Macon, Georgia, USA
Born
April 05, 1901
Died
August 04, 1981

Biography

Broadway star, in Hollywood from 1931. Often played the suave sophisticate in pursuit of a beautiful woman, as in Ernst Lubitsch's classic "Ninotchka" (1939) opposite Greta Garbo. Douglas began appearing in supporting roles in the early 1960s and turned in an award-winning performance in "Hud" (1963)....

Photos & Videos

The Gorgeous Hussy - Publicity Stills
Billy Budd - Movie Poster
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - Lobby Card

Family & Companions

Rosalind Hightower
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Helen Gahagan
Wife
Actor. Married April 1931 until her death in 1980.

Biography

Broadway star, in Hollywood from 1931. Often played the suave sophisticate in pursuit of a beautiful woman, as in Ernst Lubitsch's classic "Ninotchka" (1939) opposite Greta Garbo. Douglas began appearing in supporting roles in the early 1960s and turned in an award-winning performance in "Hud" (1963).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Hot Touch (1982)
Ghost Story (1981)
Tell Me a Riddle (1980)
David
The Changeling (1979)
Senator Joseph Carmichael
Being There (1979)
The Seduction Of Joe Tynan (1979)
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Intimate Strangers (1977)
The Tenant (1976)
The Death Squad (1974)
Captain Earl Kreski
Murder or Mercy (1974)
Dr Paul Harelson
The Candidate (1972)
John J. McKay
One is a Lonely Number (1972)
Joseph Provo
Death Takes a Holiday (1971)
Judge Earl Chapman
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Tom Garrison
Hotel (1967)
Warren Trent
Rapture (1965)
Larbaud
Advance to the Rear (1964)
Col. Claude Brackenby
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Adm. William Jessup
Hud (1963)
Homer Bannon
Billy Budd (1962)
The Dansker
On the Loose (1951)
Frank Bradley
My Forbidden Past (1951)
Paul Beaurevelle
A Woman's Secret (1949)
Luke Jordan
My Own True Love (1949)
Clive Heath
The Great Sinner (1949)
Armand De Glasse
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Bill Cole
The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947)
Smithfield Cobb
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Brice Chamberlain
We Were Dancing (1942)
[Baron Nicholas] Nicki Prax [also known as Mr. Manesque]
They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
Michael Holmes
Three Hearts for Julia (1942)
Jeff Seabrook
This Thing Called Love (1941)
Tice Collins
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
Larry [Baker]
Two-Faced Woman (1941)
Larry Blake
A Woman's Face (1941)
Dr. Gustav Segert
Our Wife (1941)
Jerry Marvin
He Stayed for Breakfast (1940)
Paul Beliot
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Jeff Thompson
Too Many Husbands (1940)
Henry Lowndes
Ninotchka (1939)
[Count] Leon [d'Algout]
Tell No Tales (1939)
Michael Cassidy
Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
Ronald Brooke
The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)
Kenny Williams
That Certain Age (1938)
Vincent Bullit
There's Always a Woman (1938)
William [H.] Reardon
The Toy Wife (1938)
Georges Sartoris
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)
Rene Farrand [also known as Arsene Lupin]
Fast Company (1938)
Joel Sloane
There's That Woman Again (1938)
Bill Reardon
The Shining Hour (1938)
Henry Linden
Women of Glamour (1937)
Richard ["Dick"] Stark
I Met Him in Paris (1937)
George Potter
I'll Take Romance (1937)
James Guthrie
Angel (1937)
Anthony Halton
Captains Courageous (1937)
Mr. Cheyne
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Michael Grant [also known as Dubarry]
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
John Randolph
And So They Were Married (1936)
Hugh [Stephen] Blake
She Married Her Boss (1935)
Richard Barclay
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
Barton Powell
The Lone Wolf Returns (1935)
Michael [Lanyard, also known as The Lone Wolf and Colonel Thompson]
The People's Enemy (1935)
[George R.] Traps Stuart
Annie Oakley (1935)
Jeff Hogarth
Dangerous Corner (1934)
Charles [Stanton]
Woman in the Dark (1934)
Tony Robson
Nagana (1933)
Dr. Kurt Radnor
The Vampire Bat (1933)
Karl Breettschneider
Counsellor at Law (1933)
Roy Darwin
The Wiser Sex (1932)
[District Attorney] David Rolfe
As You Desire Me (1932)
[Count] Bruno [Varelli]
The Old Dark House (1932)
Penderel
Prestige (1932)
Lieut. Andre Verlaine
The Broken Wing (1932)
Philip Marvin
Tonight or Never (1931)
Jim Fletcher

Cast (Special)

Portrait of Grandpa Doc (1977)
Grandpa Doc
The Statesman (1975)
Benjamin Franklin
Inherit the Wind (1965)
Henry Drummond

Cast (Short)

Once Upon a Tractor (1965)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

The Cinematographer (1951)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1919

First role on Chicago stage

1929

Broadway debut in "A Free Soul"

1931

Screen acting debut in "Tonight or Never"

1942

Made director Arts Council of the Office of Civilian Defense

Photo Collections

The Gorgeous Hussy - Publicity Stills
The Gorgeous Hussy - Publicity Stills
Billy Budd - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Billy Budd (1962), starring Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas and Terence Stamp. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Great Sinner - Movie Poster
The Great Sinner - Movie Poster
There's Always a Woman - Movie Poster
There's Always a Woman - Movie Poster
They All Kissed the Bride - Movie Poster
They All Kissed the Bride - Movie Poster
Too Many Husbands - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Columbia's Too Many Husbands (1940), starring Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, and Melvyn Douglas. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Americanization of Emily - Publicity Art
Here are a few specialty drawings created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize The Americanization of Emily (1964), starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.
That Certain Age - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas.
That Certain Age - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas.
That Certain Age - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas.
A Woman's Secret - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from A Woman's Secret (1949), starring Gloria Grahame and Melvyn Douglas. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Alexander the Great - Movie Poster
Here is a half-sheet movie poster for Alexander the Great (1956), starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Fredric March.
The Old Dark House - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from the Universal horror film The Old Dark House (1932), directed by James Whale. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Two-Faced Woman - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Two-Faced Woman (1941), starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Hud - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for Hud (1963). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Woman's Face, A (1941) - This Lady Is Interested In Love Already in flashback, vast plot complexity, Melvyn Douglas as Swedish plastic surgeon Gustav is confronted with Joan Crawford as Anna, who sprained her ankle trying to escape when he interrupted her trying to blackmail his wife (Osa Massen) with love letters, intrigued by her case, in George Cukor’s A Woman’s Face, 1941.
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) - I'm Out Of Circulation Joining Melvyn Douglas, as gentleman farmer Farrand in France, though we suspect he’s the jewel-thief title character, visited by pals (Nat Pendleton as Joe, E.E. Clive as Alf) about a New York heist, then by the almost-victim, his neighbor-girlfriend Lorraine (Virginia Bruce) and her private sleuth pal Steve (Warren William), in MGM’s Arsene Lupin Returns, 1938.
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) - The Gentleman With The Gun Hot-shot New York federal lawman Steve Emerson (Warren William), who just quit because he was getting too much publicity, attends to his first private client, Jack Norton the hotel manager, Virginia Bruce, Monty Woolley and John Halliday the bound crime victims, in Arsene Lupin Returns, 1938, starring Melvyn Douglas in the title role.
I Never Sang For My Father (1970) - That Doesn't Sound Any Better 40-something widowed professor Gene (Gene Hackman) summoned to a New York area hospital after his mother’s unexpected heart attack, tries to console his father cranky Tom (Melvyn Douglas), whose mind wanders, in I Never Sang For My Father, directed by Gil Cates, from Robert W. Anderson’s play and screenplay.
There's Always A Woman (1938) - Go On With Your Quarrelling Bill (Melvyn Douglas), who doesn't know his wife Sally (Joan Blondell) has taken a case for his detective agency he thinks he just shut down, tries to keep up as she tracks the dinner party of her client (Mary Astor), in There's Always A Woman, 1938.
Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) - France Will Reward You Arriving in Paris, Virginia Bruce as Lorraine, Monty Woolley her cousin, John Halliday her uncle, and Warren William the private eye from New York brought to investigate the attempted theft of their major jewel, greeted by her beau, Melvyn Douglas as the title character, though that hasn’t been revealed, George Davis the guard restraining him, in Arsene Lupin Returns, 1938.
Woman's Secret, A (1949) - Genius, Would You Say? Having confessed to a shooting, Marian (Maureen O'Hara) tells cop Fowler (Jay. C Flippen) she only wants to call her friend Luke (Melvyn Douglas), introduced appearing on a radio quiz show, in Nicholas Ray's A Woman's Secret, 1949.
Woman's Secret, A (1949) - Smudge Pots And Pest Control Having just learned that her own voice won't recover, singer Marian (Maureen O'Hara) and composer Luke (Melvyn Douglas) meet kooky shopgirl and aspiring singer Susan (Gloria Grahame), all in flashback, in Nicholas Ray's A Woman's Secret, 1949.
Advance To The Rear (1964) - The Whole Purpose Of This War Union Captain Heath (Glenn Ford) is upbraided by his superior, by-the-book career officer and General Brackenby (Melvyn Douglas), for rocking the boat by taking prisoners, when fighting ensues, and he has a further chat with his goofy Sergeant Davis (Alan Hale Jr.), early in the MGM Civil War comedy Advance To The Rear, 1964.
Advance To The Rear (1964) The War Won't Last Forever Briefly with Whit Bissell as Union Captain Queeg, Melvyn Douglas as Col. Brackenby and Glenn Ford as Lt. Heath, who’ve just been demoted together for screwing up and are being shipped west, meet Joan Blondell as Easy Jenny and Stella Stevens as dishy Martha Lou, whom we know to be a top Confederate spy, in the Civil War comedy Advance To The Rear, 1964.
Hud (1962) - Watch That Cigarette Ash Martin Ritt directs his first scene with two Academy Award winners, as grumpy Paul Newman (title character) and nephew Lonnie (Brandon De Wilde) join father Homer (Melvyn Douglas, Best Supporting Actor) and his housekeeper Alma (Patricia Neal, Best Actress), over an issue at the family cattle ranch, early in Hud, 1962.
Hud (1962) - You're An Unprincipled Man Having just heard from the state authorities that their cattle ranch may need to be quarantined due to a risk of foot-and-mouth disease, Paul Newman (title character) tangles with his father (Melvyn Douglas), the main owner, his nephew (Brandon De Wilde) trying to be neutral, in Hud, 1962.

Trailer

Candidate, The - (Original Trailer) A senate candidate (Robert Redford) finds his ideals weaken as his position in the polls gets stronger in The Candidate (1972).
One Is A Lonely Number - (Original Trailer) A young woman (Trish Van Devere), abandoned by her husband, cannot accept that her marriage is over in One Is a Lonely Number (1972).
We Were Dancing - (Original Trailer) A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo in We Were Dancing (1942) starring Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas.
On The Loose - (Original Trailer) When she's branded as a "bad girl," a troubled teen fights for her parents' approval in On The Loose (1951).
Fast Company - (Original Trailer) Married book-dealers (Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice) try to clear a friend in the murder of a rival book-seller in Fast Company (1938).
Billy Budd - (Original Trailer) Original trailer for Billy Budd, 1962, from the Herman Melville novel, starring Terence Stamp, Robert Ryan, and Peter Ustinov, who also produced and directed.
Arsene Lupin Returns - (Original Trailer) A reformed jewel thief (Melvyn Douglas) helps detectives track down a criminal in Arsene Lupin Returns (1938).
Annie Oakley - (Re-issue Trailer) The famed female sharpshooter (Barbara Stanwyck) learns that you can't get a man with a gun when she falls for a rival marksman. Directed by George Stevens.
Advance To The Rear - (Original Trailer) Civil War rejects are sent to the West, supposedly out of harm's way in Advance To The Rear (1964) starring Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens.
Two-Faced Woman - (Original Trailer) Greta Garbo's last movie was the screwball comedy Two-Faced Woman (1941) about a woman who pretends to be her own twin sister to win back her straying husband.
Tell No Tales - (Original Trailer) In search of a big scoop for his failing paper, an editor tries to solve a kidnapping case that's turned into murder in Tell No Tales (1939).
Hud - (Re-issue Trailer) Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas both won Academy Awards for their performances in Hud (1963) starring Paul Newman.

Family

Edward Kurljandsky Graoidanin
Father
Musician. Born in Riga, Latvia 1871.
Lina Shakelford
Mother
George Hesselberg
Brother
Lamar Hesselberg
Brother
Gregory Hesselberg
Son
Born 1920; mother Rosalind Hightower.
Melvin Douglas Jr
Son
Born 1921; mother Rosalind Hightower.
Peter Douglas
Son
Born 1933; mother Helen Gahagan.
Mary Helen Douglas
Daughter
Born 1935; mother Helen Gahagan.
Illeana Douglas
Granddaughter
Actress.

Companions

Rosalind Hightower
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Helen Gahagan
Wife
Actor. Married April 1931 until her death in 1980.

Bibliography