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.


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]


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Cornel Wilde Facts
His role as Tybalt in the 1940 Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh led to a Warner Brothers contract.

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

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.

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