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:

Police Capt. Peterson: You're a cop, Leonard. There's 17,000 laws on the books to be enforced. You haven't got time to reform wayward girls. She's been with Brown three and a half years. That's a lot of days... and nights.


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
Chosen for the 1936 Olympic fencing team in Berlin, he turned down the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actively pursue acting.

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.

Prior to his film career, Wilde had various jobs -- commercial artist, Macy's toys salesman, newspaper advertising and Boys' Club counselor.

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