Fredric March

Actor, Model, Bank clerk
Distinguished stage actor and one of Hollywood's most celebrated, versatile stars of the 1930s and 40s. March's roles ranged from light comedy ("The Royal Family of Broadway" 1930) to horror ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1897 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

The Iceman Cometh 1972 (Movie)

Harry Hope (Actor)

Tick, Tick, Tick 1969 (Movie)

Mayor Jeff Parks (Actor)

Hombre 1966 (Movie)

Alexander Favor (Actor)

Seven Days in May 1964 (Movie)

President Jordan Lyman (Actor)

The Condemned of Altona 1962 (Movie)

Gerlach (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Doctors 1961 (Movie)

Dr Joseph Pearson (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

Matthew Harrison Brady (Actor)

Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

Jerry Kingsley (Actor)

Albert Schweitzer 1956 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Albert Schweitzer 1956 (Movie)

of Albert Schweitzer (Voice)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

Philip of Macedonia (Actor)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

Ralph Hopkins (Actor)

A Christmas Carol 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Dan Hilliard (Actor)

Executive Suite 1954 (Movie)

Loren Phineas Shaw (Actor)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 (Movie)

Rear Admiral George Tarrant (Actor)

Man on a Tightrope 1953 (Movie)

Karel Cernik (Actor)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

Joe Esposito (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

Willy Loman (Actor)

Christopher Columbus 1948 (Movie)

Christopher Columbus (Actor)

The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 (Movie)

Al Stephenson (Actor)

The Adventures of Mark Twain 1944 (Movie)

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Tomorrow the World 1944 (Movie)

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So Ends Our Night 1940 (Movie)

Josef Steiner (Actor)

Susan and God 1939 (Movie)

Barry Trexel (Actor)

The Buccaneer 1937 (Movie)

Jean Lafitte (Actor)

There Goes My Heart 1937 (Movie)

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A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

Norman Maine (Actor)

Nothing Sacred 1936 (Movie)

Wally Cook (Actor)

Anthony Adverse 1935 (Movie)

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Mary of Scotland 1935 (Movie)

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Anna Karenina 1934 (Movie)

Vronsky (Actor)

Les Miserables 1934 (Movie)

Jean Valjean / Champmathieu (Actor)

The Dark Angel 1934 (Movie)

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Death Takes a Holiday 1933 (Movie)

Prince Sirki / Death (Actor)

The Eagle and the Hawk 1932 (Movie)

Jerry H. Young (Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

Laughter 1929 (Movie)

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The Royal Family of Broadway 1929 (Movie)

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Design for Living (Movie)

Tom Chambers (Actor)

Footlights and Fools (Movie)

Gregory Pyne (Actor)

Good Dame (Movie)

Mace Townsley (Actor)

I Married a Witch (Movie)

Wallace Wooley (Actor)

Jealousy (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

Ladies Love Brutes (Movie)

Dwight Howell (Actor)

Make Me a Star (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Merrily We Go to Hell (Movie)

Jerry Corbett (Actor)

One Foot in Heaven (Movie)

Rev. William Spence (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Sarah and Son (Movie)

Howard Vanning (Actor)

Smilin' Through (Movie)

Jeremy Wayne (Actor)

The Affairs of Cellini (Movie)

Benvenuto Cellini (Actor)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Movie)

Robert Browning (Actor)

The Marriage Playground (Movie)

Martin Boyne (Actor)

The Road to Glory (Movie)

Lt. Michel Denet (Actor)

The Sign of the Cross (Movie)

Marcus Superbus (Actor)

Tonight Is Ours (Movie)

Sabien Pastal (Actor)

Trade Winds (Movie)

Sam Wye (Actor)

True to the Navy (Movie)

Gunner McCoy (Actor)

We Live Again (Movie)

Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov (Actor)

Biography

Distinguished stage actor and one of Hollywood's most celebrated, versatile stars of the 1930s and 40s. March's roles ranged from light comedy ("The Royal Family of Broadway" 1930) to horror ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 1932) to melodrama ("The Best Years of Our Lives" 1946). His classically trained voice and engaging good looks highlighted a number of period pieces, such as "Anna Karenina" (1935), but he seemed more at home playing contemporary characters like the fading actor in "A Star Is Born" (1937) and the exploitative reporter in the biting comedy "Nothing Sacred" (1937). March was married to actress Florence Eldridge (who died in 1988), opposite whom he appeared on stage and screen, from 1927 until his death.

Relationships

Cora Brown Bickel

Mother

Ellis Baker

Wife
married in 1924 divorced in 1927 niece of character actor Edward Ellis

John Bickel

Father
was president of Racine Hardware Manufacturing Company

Harold Bickel

Brother
born on April 11, 1887

Jack Bickel

Brother
born on February 21, 1892

Rosina Bickel

Sister
born on April 2, 1889

Florence Eldridge

Wife
met while performing together in Denver in 1926 married from May 30, 1927 until March's death in 1975 died in 1988 at age 87

Aline Ellis

Companion
college sweetheart became engaged as undergraduates separated after he decided to become an actor

Penelope Fantcucci

Daughter
adopted in 1932 had four children

Anthony March

Son
adopted in 1935

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin

Madison , Wisconsin
had played leads in college productions; champion on debating team

Racine High School

Racine , Wisconsin 1915

Winslow Grammar School

Racine , Wisconsin

Milestones

1973

Last film appearance as Harry Hope in "The Iceman Cometh"

1969

First diagnosed with cancer; underwent treatment

1969

Returned to features in "... tick ... tick ... tick ..."

1967

Acted in "Hombre"

1964

Appeared as the US President facing a military plot to overthrow the government in "Seven Days in May"

1961

Final Broadway role, "Gideon"; nominated for a Tony Award

1960

Starred opposite Spencer Tracy in the fictionalized version of the Scopes trial, "Inherit the Wind"; played character based on William Jennings Bryan; Eldridge portrayed his wife

1958

Played Arthur Winslow in the CBS version of "The Winslow Boy"

1954

Once again played Tony Cavendish in a CBS TV production of "The Royal Family"

1954

Cast as Scrooge in CBS musical version of "A Christmas Carol"

1954

Played an unscrupulous financial executive in "Executive Suite"

1951

Earned fifth Academy Award nomination for "Death of a Salesman"

1950

Acted on Broadway with Florence Eldredge in "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep", "The Autumn Garden" and "An Enemy of the People" (the latter adapted by Arthur Miller)

1949

Had title role in "Christopher Columbus"

1949

Offered the stage role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" but rejected it as being too "grim"; later starred in the 1951 film version

1948

Starred in "Another Part of the Forest"

1947

Earned one of the first Tony Awards for Lead Actor in a Play for his work in the Broadway production of "Years Ago"; tied with Jose Ferrer

1946

Received second Academy Award for playing a returning soldier in "The Best Years of Our Lives"

1943

Played the title role in "The Adventures of Mark Twain"

1941

Starred opposite Veronica Lake in "I Married a Witch"

1941

Had lead role in the award-winning play "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder

1940

Cast a playwright trying to stop his actress-wife from retiring in "Bedtime Story"

1940

Appeared in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "One Foot in Heaven"

1938

Called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee

1938

Returned to Broadway with Florence Eldridge in "Yr. Obedient Husband"; show was quick flop

1937

Listed as the fifth highest-paid actor in Hollywood (earning nearly $500,000 a year)

1937

Teamed with Carole Lombard in "Nothing Sacred"

1937

Portrayed the washed-up, alcoholic actor Norman Maine in the first screen version of "A Star Is Born", opposite Janet Gaynor; received Oscar nomination for Best Actor

1936

Had title role in "Anthony Adverse"

1935

Cast as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" and Vronsky to Greta Garbo's "Anna Karenina"

1934

Had title role in "The Affairs of Cellini"

1934

Portrayed Robert Browning to Norma Shearer's Elizabeth Barrett in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"

1934

Portrayed Death in human form in the film "Death Takes a Holiday"

1933

Starred in the film adaptation of Noel Coward's play "Design for Living"

1931

Received first Oscar for title role in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; tied for award with Wallace Beery ("The Champ")

1930

Reprised role of Tony Cavendish in the film "The Royal Family of Broadway"; garnered first Academy Award nomination

1930

Acted in "Sarah and Son"

1929

Co-starred in the film version of Philip Barry's play "Paris Bound"

1929

Film debut in "The Dummy"

1929

Played a professor who catches the attention of student Clara Bow in "The Wild Party"

1928

Enjoyed stage success as Barrymoresque actor Tony Cavendish in the Los Angeles production of "The Royal Family"; spotted by a talent scout from Paramount and signed to a contract

1927

Last Broadway appearance for over a decade, "The Devil in the Cheese"

1926

Joined stock company in Denver where he met Florence Eldridge

1924

At suggestion of director John Cromwell, changed name to Fredric March

1921

Worked as an extra in films

1920

Professional stage debut in David Belasco's production of "Debarau" in Baltimore; later moved to Broadway

1919

Moved to NYC after a year in the Army to become a banker; worked as parttime newspaper and magazine model and as trainee at National City Bank until he suffered appendicitis and turned to acting during recuperation leave

1917

Enlisted in the US Army; eventually commissioned as a lieutenant

Worked as bank teller during high school vacations

Was "grey-listed" during the 1950s

Raised in Racine, Wisconsin

Co-starred with Eldridge on Broadway in premiere of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; won second Tony Award

Bonus Trivia

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When March's 1938 return to Broadway in "Yr. Obedient Husband" was a resounding failure, he and Florence Eldridge placed an ad in the trades that showed a sketch depicting them as two trapeze artists missing each other's grip in midair. "Oops. Soory!" read the caption.

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