Oscar Homolka

Oscar Homolka


Also Known As
Oskar Homolka
Birth Place
August 12, 1898
January 27, 1978


Austrian actor whose broad "Brezhnevite" features and Slavic accent were exploited in both comic and villainous roles after he settled in the US in 1936. Memorable as the crusty uncle in "I Remember Mama" (1948)....


Austrian actor whose broad "Brezhnevite" features and Slavic accent were exploited in both comic and villainous roles after he settled in the US in 1936. Memorable as the crusty uncle in "I Remember Mama" (1948).

Life Events


First English-language feature, "Rhodes of Africa"


Moved to US


First US film, "Ebb Tide"


Last film, "The Tamarind Seed"

Photo Collections

I Remember Mama - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from the RKO film I Remember Mama (1948). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.


Movie Clip

Ball Of Fire (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Just Another Apple Stripper Sugarpuss (Barbara Stanwyck) surprises grammar Professor Potts (Gary Cooper), ready to begin her interview right away, his colleagues, modeled on the Seven Dwarves, supporting the idea, in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire, 1942.
Ball Of Fire (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Two And Two Are Five Allen Jenkins is the garbage man, seeking trivia help from encyclopedia-writing professors (Oscar Homolka, Aubrey Mather, Richard Haydn, S.Z. Sakall et al), Potts (Gary Cooper) committing to new research, in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire, 1942.
Sabotage (1936) -- (Movie Clip) You Made London Laugh On location at the London zoo aquarium, financially motivated amateur terrorist Verloc (Oscar Homolka), having staged a blackout the night before, meets mysterious paymaster Vladimir (Austin Trevor), with a famous effect by director Alfred Hitchcock, in Sabotage, 1936.
Sabotage (1936) -- (Movie Clip) If The Arsenal Lose We know grocer Ted (John Loder) is a policeman, Sylvia Sidney at the ticket box doesn't know the guys (William Dewhurst, Peter Bull, then Torin Thatcher) visiting her husband (Oscar Homolka) are terrorists, her young brother (Desmond Tester) also an innocent, in Hitchcock's Sabotage, 1936.
I Remember Mama (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Everyone But Me! Cranky Norweigan Uncle Kris (Oscar Homolka) intrudes with San Francisco Dr. Johnson (Rudy Vallee), who's determined that young Dagmar needs an operation, then gets told off by Marta (Irene Dunne, title character) in George Stevens' I Remember Mama, 1948, based on Kathryn Forbes' novel.
Prisoner Of War (1954) -- (Movie Clip) We're Going Beyond Pavlov Austrian born Oscar Homolka plays the Russian advisor who really runs the Korean P.O.W. camp administered by Kim (Leonard Strong) and Lang (Rollin Moriyama), as the column including infiltrated American agent Sloane (Ronald Reagan) and captured Stanton (Steve Forrest), arrives in Prisoner Of War. 1954.
Prisoner Of War (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Just Cooperate A Little Biroshilov (Oskar Homolka), Soviet boss of the Korean P.O.W. camp, exploits personal data extracted from American P.O.W. Treadman (Dewey Martin) regarding his mother, before sending him back to the barracks where Sloane (Ronald Reagan) and Stanton (Steve Forrest) aren’t buying, in Prisoner Of War, 1954.
Madwoman Of Chaillot, The (1969) -- (Movie Clip) A Little Horse Trading The prospector (Donald Pleasence) reveals his secret, then requires confessions from The Chairman, Broker, General, Commissar and Reverend (Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer, Paul Henreid, Oscar Homolka, John Gavin), in The Madwoman Of Chaillot, 1969, starring Katharine Hepburn.
Sabotage (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Act Of God Director Alfred Hitchcock's crafty opening, Oscar Homolka's role not altogether clear, his wife (Sylvia Sidney) at the ticket box at the cinema, John Loder the snarky grocer next door, from Sabotage, 1936, loosely based on Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent.
Mr. Sardonicus -- (Movie Clip) Gorslava Atmospheric and efficient sequence as Sir Robert (Ronald Lewis) arrives in fictional Gorslava, meets a nervous station agent (Charles H. Radilac) and is collected by Krull (Oscar Homolka) in William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus, 1961.
Mr. Sardonicus -- (Movie Clip) Face to Face Sir Robert (Ronald Lewis) is attempting to interrogate his long-lost love Maude (Audrey Dalton) when he meets his host, her husband, Baron Sardonicus (Guy Rolfe), in an early scene from William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus, 1961.


Happening, The - (Original Trailer) A kidnapped gangster (Anthony Quinn) joins forces with the hipsters who abducted him in The Happening (1967).
Farewell to Arms, A (1957) - (Original Trailer) A Farewell to Arms (1957), Ernest Hemingway's story of an affair between an English nurse an an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I.
Mr. Sardonicus - (Original Trailer) A man whose face is frozen in a horrible smile forces a doctor to treat him in William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus (1961).
War And Peace (1956) - (Original Trailer) Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda star in King Vidor's massive adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic War And Peace (1956).
Prisoner of War - (Original Trailer) Ronald Reagan is a spy who infiltrates a North Korean POW camp in Prisoner of War (1954).
Ball Of Fire - (Original Trailer) A stuffy professor (Gary Cooper) takes in a sexy showgirl (Barbara Stanwyck) to study her syntax in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire (1942).
Rage in Heaven - (Re-issue Trailer) A jealous man plots to fake his death and incriminate his wife's suspected lover in Rage In Heaven (1941) starring Ingrid Bergman.
White Tower, The - (Original Trailer) Mountain climbers in the Swiss Alps mull over past problems while trying to conquer a perilous peak. Starring Glenn Ford and Claude Rains.
Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The - (Teaser Trailer) Laurence Harvey stars in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), a film biography of the German storytellers.
Mission to Moscow - (Original Trailer) Mission to Moscow (1943) features the true story of U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies' attempts to forge a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union.
Joy In The Morning - (Original Trailer) A law student (Richard Chamberlain) and his bride (Yvette Mimieux) try to build a life together despite her fear of intimacy.
Invisible Woman, The - (Original Trailer) A mad scientist (John Barrymore) makes a beautiful model invisible so she can get back at the man who fired her in The Invisible Woman (1940).