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Erich von Stroheim Overview:

Legendary actor, Erich von Stroheim, was born Erich Oswald Stroheim on Sep 22, 1885 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). von Stroheim died at the age of 71 on May 12, 1957 in Maurepas, France and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1950Best Supporting ActorSunset Blvd. (1950)Max Von MayerlingNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

By minooallen on Sep 22, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, , born September 22, 1885! To quote Sunset Blvd, ?There were three young directors who showed promise in those days: D. W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, and Max Von Mayerling.? If you?re familiar with the film, which I’m sure you are, you... Read full article


"Blind Husbands" (1919)

By Silentfilmfanatic on Jun 1, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

"Blind Husbands" (1919) is a silent romantic drama starring , Sam De Grasse, and Francelia Billington. Directed by , this film is about an Austrian military officer who is determined to seduce the neglected wife of an American surgeon. The story begins with Dr. Ar... Read full article


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Erich von Stroheim Quotes:

Field Marshal Rommel: [to the British officer-prisoners] I gave you 20 questions, gentlemen. That is question 21.


[first lines]
Mary: Oh, I see a move. Look - eight on the nine, and then your King comes up, and that plays a Queen.
Gabbo: Will you leave these cards alone? You think you can show me something?


Field Marshal Rommel: [to Mouche] I don't like women in the morning. Go away!


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Erich von Stroheim Facts
Despite their strong professional relationship, Von Stroheim was never as a close a confidante of D.W. Griffith's, never making it into Griffith's "inner circle."

He fabricated an elaborate back-story for himself as an Austrian aristocrat and imperial officer, while in fact he was the son of a lower-middle-class Jewish hat maker and never served in any military.

As the butler in Sunset Blvd. (1950) he is in the projection room when Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis are watching one of Norma's old films. The film is actually Queen Kelly (1929), which von Stroehim directed and which starred Gloria Swanson, who is playing Norma Desmond.

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