Joseph Schildkraut

Actor, Author
Son of renowned Viennese actor Rudolph Schildkraut who studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before joining Max Reinhardt's company in 1913, where he soon emerged as a star. Schildkraut set down in the US in ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1896 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (34)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Nicodemus (Actor)

King of the Roaring 20's - The Story of Arnold Rothstein 1961 (Movie)

Abraham Rothstein (Actor)

The Diary of Anne Frank 1958 (Movie)

Otto Frank (Actor)

Hamlet 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsieur Beaucaire 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flame of the Barbary Coast 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Shop Around the Corner 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rains Came 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Marie Antoinette 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Suez 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Souls at Sea 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Life of Emile Zola 1936 (Movie)

Captain Alfred Dreyfus (Actor)

The Garden of Allah 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cleopatra 1934 (Movie)

King Herod (Actor)

The Crusades 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of Kings 1926 (Movie)

Judas (Actor)

Carnival (Movie)

Count Andreas Scipio (Actor)

His Dog (Movie)

Peter Olsen (Actor)

Idiot's Delight (Movie)

Capt. Kirvline (Actor)

Lady of the Tropics (Movie)

Pierre Delaroch (Actor)

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (Movie)

Hendrik Manderson (Actor)

Night Ride (Movie)

Joe Rooker, Reporter (Actor)

Northwest Outpost (Movie)

Count Igor Savin (Actor)

Old Los Angeles (Movie)

Luis Savarin (Actor)

Orphans of the Storm (Movie)

Chevalier de Vaudrey (Actor)

Pack up Your Troubles (Movie)

Hugo Ludwig (Actor)

Phantom Raiders (Movie)

Al Taurez (Actor)

Show Boat (Movie)

Gaylord Revenal (Actor)

Slave Ship (Movie)

Janelo (Actor)

The Baroness and the Butler (Movie)

Baron Georg Marissey (Actor)

The Mississippi Gambler (Movie)

Jack Morgan (Actor)

The Road to Yesterday (Movie)

Kenneth Paulton (Actor)

Viva Villa! (Movie)

Gen. Pascal (Actor)

Biography

Son of renowned Viennese actor Rudolph Schildkraut who studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before joining Max Reinhardt's company in 1913, where he soon emerged as a star. Schildkraut set down in the US in 1920 and almost immediately established himself as a matinee idol on Broadway. He pursued a simultaneous screen career, first in debonair leading roles and later in a number of oily, villainous characterizations. He gave notable performances in "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937) and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959).

Relationships

Erna Schildkraut

Mother

Elise Bartlett

Wife

Leonora Rogers

Wife
Married 1963 until his death 1964

Rudolph Schildkraut

Father

Marie Schildkraut

Wife
Married from 1932 until her death in 1962

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1965

Final film, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"; released posthumously

1962

Acted in a memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone", playing an elderly man who must chose between opting for a new, younger body or living out the remaining years in pain

1959

Recreated stage role in the film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1955

Created role of Otto Frank in the Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1953

Acted on the NYC stage in "Love's Labour's Lost"

1953

Played Claudius to Maurice Evans' "Hamlet" in the first ever American telecast of the play on NBC

1953

Hosted "Joseph Schildkraut Presents", a series of half-hour dramas aired on the DuMont network

1948

Last films for more than a decade, "Old Los Angeles" and "The Gallant Legion"

1946

Appeared in "Monsieur Beaucaire"

1940

Co-starred in "The Shop Around the Corner"

1939

Portrayed King Louis in "The Three Musketeers"

1938

Had featured role in "Marie Antoinette"

1937

Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar for performance as Captain Alfred Dreyfus in "The Life of Emile Zola"

1935

Co-starred in "The Crusades"

1934

Cast as King Herod opposite Claudette Colbert's "Cleopatra"

1929

Played Gaylord Ravenel in the non-musical version of "Show Boat"

1927

Cast as Judas in the silent "King of Kings"; father played a high priest

1922

American screen debut in "Orphans of the Storm"

1915

Screen debut in "Schlemiel"

1913

Joined Max Reinhardt's stage company

Bonus Trivia

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Schildkraut was posthumously inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1996.

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