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Cornel Wilde Overview:

Legendary actor, Cornel Wilde, was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on Oct 13, 1912 in Prievidza, Hungary (now Slovakia). Wilde died at the age of 77 on Oct 16, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Wilde was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1945Best ActorA Song to Remember (1945)Frederick ChopinNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Cornel Wilde Quotes:

Leslie Hale: Who used to fix your shirts before we were married?
Jock Wallace: oh lots of people, Lady upstairs, the lady downstairs, lady across the hall, always ready to lend a helping hand to a poor bachelor, Hey Monkey, come and tie my tie for me.
Leslie Hale: Can't you do anything
Jock Wallace: Nope, Not while I have you around
Leslie Hale: You know, sooner or later you're going to have to learn this for yourself
Jock Wallace: You talk too much
[tries to kiss her]


Richard Harland: When I looked at you, exotic words drifted across the mirror of my mind like clouds across the summer sky.


Omar Khayyam: They call you Chosen One... the Seventh Excellent Creature.Are you also to be appointed Caliph, interpreting the Will of God, Supreme Ruler above all earthly kings?
Hasani Sabah: If it were not so, I could not wear these robes nor hold this office.
Omar Khayyam: You have named me your Counsellor, but
[pause]
Omar Khayyam: I am happier with lesser matters, like this strip of vellum on which I have reduced the year to better reckoning. These figures will guide the lives of men when our mouths have been stopped with the dust of a thousand years, and the name Omar Khayyam is just as long forgotten. These figures, written on the skins of lambs, have more power than all your daggers and secret plans. Such men as you have arisen in every generation, from the dawn of mankind to our times, each with another form of the ancient conspiracy to rule this Earth. Millions of men have died to prove them wrong. What you are doing is not new, and will never be old. And when you have failed - as all those before you have failed and miserably died - it will happen again, and over again, as long as my calendar shall last.
[pause]
Omar Khayyam: But my calendar may not last an hour. Only sworn Assassins leave this rock.


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Cornel Wilde Facts
Spoke Hungarian, French, German, English, Italian, and Russian.

1952 proved to be a vintage year for "beefcake bondage" in his film career. In At Sword's Point (1952), he appeared bound and stripped to the waist in a torture chamber where his torso was burned with a hot iron. In California Conquest (1952), he appeared stripped to the waist and bound to a tree where he was lashed across the chest with a whip.

Although most records indicate Wilde was born in New York City, the 1930 U.S. Census and the California Death Records database both state that he was born in Hungary.

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