Cornel Wilde

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1912 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flesh and Bullets 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 5th Musketeer 1978 (Movie)

D'Artagnan (Actor)

The Norseman 1977 (Movie)

Ragnar (Actor)

Shark's Treasure 1974 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Gargoyles 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comic 1969 (Movie)

Frank Powers (Actor)

Beach Red 1967 (Movie)

Captain MacDonald (Actor)

The Naked Prey 1965 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Edge of Eternity 1958 (Movie)

Les Martin (Actor)

Maracaibo 1958 (Movie)

Vic Scott (Actor)

Beyond Mombasa 1957 (Movie)

Matt Campbell (Actor)

Omar Khayyam 1957 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

Hot Blood 1956 (Movie)

Stephan Torino (Actor)

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Big Combo 1955 (Movie)

Leonard Diamond (Actor)

The Scarlet Coat 1955 (Movie)

Major John Bolton (Actor)

Passion 1954 (Movie)

Juan Obregon (Actor)

Woman's World 1954 (Movie)

Bill Baxter (Actor)

Main Street to Broadway 1953 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

Treasure of the Golden Condor 1953 (Movie)

Jean-Paul (Actor)

Two Flags West 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

Griff Marat (Actor)

The Walls of Jericho 1948 (Movie)

Dave Connors (Actor)

A Song to Remember 1945 (Movie)

Frédéric Chopin (Actor)

A Thousand and One Nights 1945 (Movie)

Aladdin (Actor)

High Sierra 1940 (Movie)

Louis Mendoza (Actor)

Knockout 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Perfect Snob 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (6)

Shark's Treasure 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

No Blade of Grass 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Beach Red 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Naked Prey 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Maracaibo 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Shark's Treasure 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Blade of Grass 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beach Red 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Naked Prey 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Maracaibo 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Shark's Treasure 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Blade of Grass 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Father
Hungarian citizen

Patricia Knight

Wife
married September 29, 1937 divorced 1951

Jean Wallace

Wife
married 1951, divorced 1981

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1935
intercollegiate fencing star; attended on scholarship to College of Physicians and Surgeons; broke off studies due to father's illness and began to take night classes in acting; subsequently dropped medical studies to pursue acting career

City College of New York

New York , New York 1933
year enrolled(pre-med)

Townsend Harris High School

New York , New York

Theodora Irvine Studio for the Theatre

New York , New York
classmates included Jeffrey Lynn and Marsha Hunt

Milestones

1955

Film directing and producing debut, (also actor), "Storm Fear" (screenplay by Horton Foote)

1955

Formed Theodora Productions; first film under Theodora banner, "Storm Fear"

1940

Signed with 20th Century-Fox

1940

Hired by Warner Bros.; Film acting debut in "The Lady with Red Hair"

1940

Hired as fencing instructor and played Tybalt in Olivier's Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet"

1936

Quit US fencing team before Berlin Olympics

Worked various jobs (e.g. Newspaper reporter); acted in summer stock; appeared on New York stage

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