Eduard Franz


Actor
Eduard Franz

About

Birth Place
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Born
October 31, 1902
Died
February 10, 1983

Biography

For quite some time in the 1950s and the 1960s, if producers wanted a brainy character actor, the man they called was Eduard Franz. His intellectual mien helped him land such roles--and they're generally what he's remembered for. Nevertheless, Franz was a versatile performer and played a wide range of characters in his nearly 50-year-long career. Franz had highly visible roles in such bi...

Biography

For quite some time in the 1950s and the 1960s, if producers wanted a brainy character actor, the man they called was Eduard Franz. His intellectual mien helped him land such roles--and they're generally what he's remembered for. Nevertheless, Franz was a versatile performer and played a wide range of characters in his nearly 50-year-long career. Franz had highly visible roles in such big-budget film offerings as the 1956 biblical epic "The Ten Commandments," directed by Cecil B. DeMille, in which he played Moses's father-in-law, Jethro. He put his musical abilities to work as a very different Jew: cantor David Golding, the disapproving father of the title character in the 1952 adaptation of "The Jazz Singer." Closer to the type of roles Franz usually played was the analytical Dr. Stern, one of the small crew of military men fighting an alien in "The Thing from Another World" (1951). Franz was a familiar presence on the TV screen as well as at the movies. He was one of the stars of the short-lived medical drama "Breaking Point" (1963), playing close to his usual type as the clinical director of the show's hospital.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Twilight Zone--The Movie (1983)
Panic on the 5:22 (1974)
Jerome Hartford
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Col./Gen. [M. F.] Tillery
The President's Analyst (1967)
Ethan Allen Cocket
Cyborg 2087 (1966)
Professor Marx
Beauty and the Beast (1963)
Baron Orsini
Hatari! (1962)
Dr. Sanderson
The Fiercest Heart (1961)
Hugo Bauman
Francis of Assisi (1961)
Pietro Bernardone
The Story of Ruth (1960)
Jehoam
The Miracle (1959)
Priest
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)
Jonathan Drake
A Certain Smile (1958)
Monsieur Vallon
The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)
Padre Jose [also known as Edward Forbes]
Day of the Bad Man (1958)
Andrew Owens
Man Afraid (1957)
Carl Simmons
The Burning Hills (1956)
Jacob Lantz
Three for Jamie Dawn (1956)
Anton Karek
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Jethro
White Feather (1955)
Chief Broken Hand
Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)
King Edward
The Indian Fighter (1955)
[Chief] Red Cloud
The Last Command (1955)
Lorenzo de Quesada
Beachhead (1954)
Bouchard
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Astrologer [Persian]
Broken Lance (1954)
Two Moons
Living It Up (1954)
French doctor
The Jazz Singer (1953)
Cantor David Golding
Dream Wife (1953)
Khan [of Bukistan]
Sins of Jezebel (1953)
King Ahab
Latin Lovers (1952)
Dr. Lionel Y. Newman
One Minute to Zero (1952)
Gustav Engstrand
Shadow in the Sky (1952)
The doctor
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)
Phil Meisner
Because You're Mine (1952)
Albert Parkson Foster
The Du Pont Story (1951)
Eleuthère Irénée du Pont
Molly (1951)
Alexander [Abie]
The Unknown Man (1951)
Andrew Jason Layford
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Dr. Stern
The Desert Fox (1951)
Col. Claus von Stauffenberg
The Great Caruso (1951)
Giulio Gatti-Casazza
The Magnificent Yankee (1951)
Louis Brandeis
Emergency Wedding (1950)
Dr. Heimer
Francis (1950)
Colonel Plepper
The Vicious Years (1950)
Emilio [Rossi]
Madame Bovary (1949)
Roualt
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949)
[Gottfried] Steiner
Outpost in Morocco (1949)
Emir of Bel-Rashad
Whirlpool (1949)
Martin Avery
The Iron Curtain (1948)
Maj. Kulin
Wake of the Red Witch (1948)
Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
Hollow Triumph (1948)
Frederick Muller

Cast (Special)

The Secret Life of T. K. Dearing (1975)
Grandpa Kindermann
The Jazz Singer (1959)
Cantor Rabinowitz

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Hollow Triumph (1948) - Maybe I'd Be Good For You Context is complex, Paul Henreid with Joan Bennett, he’s the ex-con look-alike of her psychiatrist boss with whom she was having an affair, but now she’s dating him instead, and doesn’t know why he’s decided to throw her over, in Hollow Triumph, 1948.
Thing From Another World, The (1951) - Super Carrot The whole gang, led by doctors Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) and Stern (Edouard Franz), reporter Scotty (Douglas Spencer) following, examines the severed arm of The Thing From Another World, 1951.
Madame Bovary (1949) - Monstrous She May Be Through Vincente Minnelli's narrative device, author Gustave Flaubert (James Mason) from his trial for his novel's moral infractions, introduces his characters, chiefly Charles Bovary (Van Heflin) and Emma (Jennifer Jones), from the 1949 MGM version of Madame Bovary.
Jazz Singer, The (1953) - Temple Sinai Korean War vet Jerry (Danny Thomas) arrives at his Philadelphia temple for Rosh Hashanah, his father (Eduard Franz) officiating and mother (Mildred Dunnock) admiring, opening Warner Bros.' 1953 re-make of The Jazz Singer, directed by Michael Curtiz.
Indian Fighter, The - Big Mouth Tail end of the credits and vaguely provocative introduction of Onahti (Elsa Martinelli in her Hollywood debut), Johnny Hawks (Kirk Douglas) meets Grey Wolf (Harry Landers) and Red Cloud (Eduard Franz), in The Indian Fighter, 1955.
Indian Fighter, The - Hot Lead For Gold Having just won the freedom of hostage Todd (Walter Matthau) by beating up an Indian, Frontier scout Johnny Hawks (Kirk Douglas) escorts him back to the fort, in The Indian Fighter, 1955, directed by Andre de Toth.
Johnny Got His Gun (1971) - De-Cerebrated Individual Dr. Tillery (Eduard Franz) and colleagues crowd over the as-yet inanimate Joe Bonham (Timothy Bottoms) from his point of view, in the first scene from Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun, 1971.

Bibliography