Morris Carnovsky

Actor, Director
A distinguished American stage actor with a background in Yiddish-language theater, Carnovsky worked with the Theater Guild on Broadway in the 1920s before becoming involved with New York's Group Theater, for whom he ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1897 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

The Cafeteria 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

A R Lowenthal (Actor)

A View From the Bridge 1961 (Movie)

Alfieri (Actor)

Gun Crazy 1949 (Movie)

Judge Willoughby (Actor)

Dead Reckoning 1947 (Movie)

Martinelli (Actor)

Address Unknown 1944 (Movie)

Max Eisenstein (Actor)

The Master Race 1943 (Movie)

Old Man Bartoc (Actor)

The City 1938 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Life of Emile Zola 1936 (Movie)

Anatole France (Actor)

Biography

A distinguished American stage actor with a background in Yiddish-language theater, Carnovsky worked with the Theater Guild on Broadway in the 1920s before becoming involved with New York's Group Theater, for whom he originated the roles of Dr. Levine in "Men in White", Jacob in "Awake and Sing!" and Mr. Bonaparte in "Golden Boy". In the late 1930s Carnovsky gravitated to Hollywood, where he began with a memorable turn as author Anatole France in the Oscar-winning "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937) and expounded his anti-fascist views in Lewis Milestone's "Edge of Darkness" (1943) and Herbert Biberman's "The Master Race" (1944). Dignified whether playing heroes or villains, the compact Carnovsky appeared in several fine films of the 40s and 50s including "Cornered" (1945), "Dead Reckoning" (1947), "Thieves Highway" (1949), "Gun Crazy" (1950) and the touching drama, "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes" (1945).

Relationships

Phoebe Brand

Wife
married from September 17, 1941 until his death

Stephen Carnovsky

Son
survived him

Deborah Carnovsky

Sister
survived him

Gertrude Carnovsky

Sister
survived him

Milestones

1989

Appeared on an installment of the PBS series "American Masters" entitled "Broadway Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre"

1984

Acted in an "American Playhouse" dramatization of part of the life of novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer, "The Cafeteria"

1983

Final stage performance as Firs in Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut

1974

Last feature film, Karel Reisz's "The Gambler"

1962

Returned to feature films to act in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"

1956

Brought by the late producer John Housesman to perform at the American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, Connecticut

1951

Last feature film for over a decade, "The Second Woman"

1951

Placed on the stand by the House Un-American Activities Committee; refused to name names and was blacklisted

1937

Moved to Hollywood

1937

Feature debut as Anatole France in "The Life of Emile Zola"

1931

Joined the Group Theater

1929

Portrayed the title role in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"

1924

Was a member of the Theater Guild's acting company

1922

Broadway debut in "The God of Vengeance"

1920

Professional stage acting debut with the Henry Jewett Players in Boston

1914

Played Benjamin Disraeli in a high school play

Attended St. Louis Yiddish theater productions as a child

Appeared regularly in films, playing character roles

Moved to New York City

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