Albert Bassermann Overview:

Character actor, Albert Bassermann, was born on Sep 7, 1867 in Mannheim, Germany. Bassermann died at the age of 84 on May 15, 1952 in Zurich, Switzerland .


Prominent on the German stage for many years, Basserman became a big star in sombre Teutonic dramas of the early silent days. His appearances became less regular after the mid-twenties, and he ultimately fled the Nazi regime and ended up in Hollywood, where he crammed a large number of films into a few years, mostly as heavy-set avuncular types. Died in an air crash. Basserman spelt with two "n's" in German films. Nominated for an Oscar in Foreign Correspondent.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1940Best Supporting ActorForeign Correspondent (1940)Van MeerNominated

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Albert Bassermann Quotes:

Van Meer: I see now. There's no help. No help for the whole poor suffering world. Oh! You cry peace, Fisher. Peace. And there was no peace. Only war and death. You're... You're a liar, Fisher. A cruel, cruel liar. You can do what you want with me. That's not important. But you'll never conquer them, Fisher. Little people everywhere who give crumbs to birds. Lie to them, drive them, whip them, force them into war. When the beasts like you will devour each other, then the world will belong to the little people.

Jane Deborah Hilton: I'm sorry to have interrupted you, Dr. Golden, but I was instructed to get the patient to bed.
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden: It's all right. He's had quite enough for one day.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Doctor, will Mr. Williams be all right?
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden: In time. In time. He's a fine young man. He must have another chance at life, and we must work to give it to him.
Jane Deborah Hilton: His burns seem almost healed.
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden: Yes, his burns, but the most serious injury - that, I'm afraid, will take more time.
Jane Deborah Hilton: The injury to his mind? Is that what you mean?
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden: No, not to his mind. To his confidence, in himself and in others. Yes, we must rebuild Danny Williams' life all the way back and all the way forward. Hasn't there every been anyone close to you, Miss Hilton, for whom you would like to have done that?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Yes, there was someone.
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden: Ah, there was. We must not live in the past, my child. There is a whole wide broken world to mend. Come, come, I mustn't have another patient. How would you like to do a tired old man a favor?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Oh, anything, Doctor.
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden: Then smile for me. Let me see that young people still can smile as they used to long ago. Huh? Yes. Just as I remember. Good night, my child.

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Died from a heart attack while on a flight from New York to Zurich.

Nominated for an Oscar for his role of the kidnapped diplomat Van Meer in Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 film Foreign Correspondent (1940). During filming, his dialogue had to be spelled out phonetically for him, as he spoke almost no English (though it is impossible to tell).

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