Emil Jannings

Actor, Farmer, Assistant cook
Imposing silent star who first gained prominence with Max Reinhardt's Berlin theater in the teens. Jannings appeared in several superior early German films, particularly those directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and was ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1884 in Switzerland

Filmography

Actor (11)

Der Herrscher 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blue Angel 1930 (Movie)

Professor Immanuel Rath (Actor)

The Last Command 1927 (Movie)

General Alexander (Actor)

Faust 1926 (Movie)

Mephisto (Actor)

The Way of All Flesh 1926 (Movie)

August Schilling (Actor)

Der Letzte Mann 1923 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nju 1923 (Movie)

(Actor)

Quo Vadis? 1923 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anne Boleyn 1919 (Movie)

Henry VIII (Actor)

Madame Du Barry 1918 (Movie)

König Louis XV (Actor)

Sins of the Fathers (Movie)

Wilhelm Spengler (Actor)

Biography

Imposing silent star who first gained prominence with Max Reinhardt's Berlin theater in the teens. Jannings appeared in several superior early German films, particularly those directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and was outstanding as the humiliated doorman in F.W. Murnau's "The Last Laugh" (1924). He moved to Hollywood in 1926 and won an Academy Award for Josef Von Sternberg's "The Last Command" (1928), but after the advent of sound his inadequate English forced a return to Germany. There he turned in his most famous performance, as Professor Rath in Von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel" (1930). In 1938 Jannings accepted Goebbels' invitation to head the Tobis Film Company, which produced Nazi propaganda features such as Veidt Harlan's "Der Herrscher" (1937) and Hans Steinhoff's "Ohm Kruger" (1941). The Allied authorities refused to allow Jannings to work after the war, though a subsequent inquiry into his fascist affiliations cleared him of any serious involvement with the Nazi regime.

Relationships

Father
American

Mother
German

Lucie Hoflich

Wife

Gussy Holl

Wife
Third wife

Hanna Ralph Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

attended school in Zurich, Switzerland

Darmstadt Royal Theater

Berlin
studied under Max Reinhardt

Milestones

1947

Relocated to Austria and became naturalized citizen

1946

Forbidden to perform in Germany after WWII, but was officially "denazified"

1942

Final feature appearance, "Altes Herz wird weider jung"

1941

First and only feature as producer, also appeared in, "Die Entlassung"

1940

Named "Artist of the State"

1938

Appointed by Dr. Goebbels to chair Germany's Tobis Film Company

1937

Debut as production supervisor, also acted in, "The Ruler/Der Herrscher"

1934

Appointed head of State-Theater in Germany

1930

Returned to Europe, and made sound debut in Josef Von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel"

1928

Final collaboration with Ernst Lubitsch, appeared in the silent version of "The Patriot"

1927

US feature debut, "The Way of All Flesh"

1927

Signed contract with Paramount Pictures and moved to Hollywood CA

1926

Starred in the feature length silent, "Faust"

1917

First collaboration with director, screenwriter Ernst Lubitsch, "Wenn vier deasselbe tun"

1914

Motion picture debut, "Im Shutzengraben"

Lived briefly in New York as a child, later moving to Germany

Formed the Deutsches-Theater in Berlin, Germany

Joined a theater company in Gorlitz, Germany; became leading player in travelling company

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