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Joseph Schildkraut Overview:

Character actor, Joseph Schildkraut, was born on Mar 22, 1896 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). Schildkraut appeared in over 85 film and television roles. His best known films include The Life of Emile Zola, Marie Antoinette (1938), The Shop Around The Corner, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Schildkraut died at the age of 67 on Jan 21, 1964 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA.

MINI BIO:

Dashing, mustachioed Joseph Schildkraut came to Hollywood in the early twenties, and played lithe heroes. Sound Films cast him mainly as suave, irritable villains although there were also some good character roles, and for one of them, Captain Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola,  he won an Academy Award. He died from a heart attack. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Joseph Schildkraut was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for The Life of Emile Zola (as Captain Alfred Dreyfus) in 1937.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best Supporting ActorThe Life of Emile Zola (1937)Captain Alfred DreyfusWon
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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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By Movies, Silently on Feb 28, 2013 From Movies Silently

He will always be Chevalier de Vaudrey to me… (1896-1964) Country of birth: Austria The basics: Son of esteemed actor Rudolph Schildkraut, a star of the Yiddish stage. was a star of both stage and screen. He made several films in Austria before he was cast... Read full article


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Joseph Schildkraut Quotes:

Prof. Hildebrand: There's no harm in a man looking his best.
Hendrik Manderson: It won't make any difference in your case.


Otto Frank: [to Anne] Being here has certain advantages for you. Now for instance, you remember that battle you had with your mother the other day on the subject of overshoes? You said you would rather die than wear overshoes, remember? And what happened? In the end you had to wear them. Now, you see, for as long as we are here, you won't have to wear overshoes, isn't that great? And the piano. You won't have to practice on the piano. I tell you, this is going to be a fine life for you.


[first lines]
Kraler: Mr. Frank. - Mr Frank?
Otto Frank: Kraler. - Mr. Kraler. Miep. My good friends.


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Joseph Schildkraut Facts
Schildkraut did not plan to attend the Oscar ceremony at first because his agent mistakenly informed him that he was not a favorite and going to lose. In bed, he was aroused by an informant who received some information that he was going to win. Joseph arrived at the Warner Bros. table just in time to pick up his Oscar from director Frank Capra. The Emile Zola film also won "Best Picture" and "Best Screenplay".

Son of actor Rudolph Schildkraut.

First non-American born actor to win an Oscar as "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)).

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