Francis Lederer

Actor, Acting teacher, Stage manager
This dark, wide-eyed, stunningly handsome international lead of stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s later created an interesting gallery of offbeat character roles. Francis Lederer began his career as a theatrical ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1899

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Other Eye 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maracaibo 1958 (Movie)

Senor Miguel Orlando (Actor)

Terror Is a Man 1958 (Movie)

Dr Charles Girard (Actor)

The Return of Dracula 1957 (Movie)

Bellac (Actor)

The Ambassador's Daughter 1956 (Movie)

Prince Nicholas Obelski (Actor)

Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Voice in the Wind 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Midnight 1938 (Movie)

Jacques Picot (Actor)

A Woman of Distinction (Movie)

Paul Simone (Actor)

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Movie)

Schneider (Actor)

It's All Yours (Movie)

Jimmy Barnes (Actor)

Man of Two Worlds (Movie)

Aigo (Actor)

My American Wife (Movie)

Count Ferdinand (Actor)

One Rainy Afternoon (Movie)

Philippe Martin (Actor)

Puddin' Head (Movie)

Prince Karl (Actor)

Romance in Manhattan (Movie)

Karel Novak (Actor)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Movie)

Esteban (Actor)

The Gay Deception (Movie)

Sandro (Actor)

The Lone Wolf in Paris (Movie)

Michael Lanyard (Actor)

The Madonna's Secret (Movie)

James Harlan Corbin (Actor)

Biography

This dark, wide-eyed, stunningly handsome international lead of stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s later created an interesting gallery of offbeat character roles. Francis Lederer began his career as a theatrical apprentice in his native Prague after WWI service and eventually enjoyed considerable success acting in a number of theaters in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany. His work included a turn as Romeo in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" staged by the legendary Max Reinhardt. Lederer, initially known as Franz in his European films, made his mark in G.W. Pabst's famous "Pandora's Box" (1928) as a young man who, along with his father, becomes obsessed with the alluring and hedonistic femme fatale Lulu (Louise Brooks). Dashingly garbed in military costume, he also did quite well in the lush and poignant romantic drama "The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna" (1929).

Relationships

Margo

Wife
married in 1937 divorced in 1940 later married Eddie Albert

Rose Lederer

Mother

Marion Irvine

Wife
served as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, California married on July 10, 1941 survived him

Josef Lederer

Father

Ada Nejedly

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

New German Theater

studied with Leopold Kramer

Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Elia Kazan

Milestones

1998

Appeared as an interviewee in the documentary, "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu," focusing on his leading lady from "Pandora's Box"; made for TV for Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

1991

Appeared as an interviewee in the compilation documentary, "The Other Eye/Der Andere Blick," an examination of the life and career of director G.W. Pabst

1975

Was one of the founders of the International Academy of Performing Arts in Washington, DC

1973

Was one of the founders of the American National Academy of Performing Arts in Los Angeles

1959

Last major film work, "Terror Is a Man"

1956

Returned to film work with "Lisbon" and "The Ambassador's Daughter"

1950

Last film for six years, "Surrender"

1943

Returned to films with "Voice in the Wind"

1940

Last film for several years, "Puddin' Head"; focused primarily on stage tours in the USA for several years

1939

Succeeded Laurence Olivier in the leading male role of the popular Broadway comedy "No Time for Comedy"

1932

Had a success with Broadway debut in "Autumn Crocus"; later reprised role in Los Angeles production

1932

Moved to the USA

1931

London stage debut, "My Sister and I"

1919

Began stage career as a teenager in his native Prague; made stage debut with a walk-on in "Burning Heart" while an apprentice with the New German Theater

Served with the Czechoslovakian artillery during WWI while still a teenager; attained rank of corporal

Earliest films included the German-made "Pandora's Box" and "The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna" and the French "Maman Colibri"

Became a matinee idol on the stage in Vienna, Berlin and other European cities in the 1920s; played Romeo in a Max Reinhardt production of "Romeo and Juliet"

US feature debut, "Man of Two Worlds" (shot in 1933, released in early 1934)

Bonus Trivia

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In 2000, Lederer was awarded the Cross of Honor for Science and Arts, First Class by the Austrian government.

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