Emil Jannings Overview:

Legendary actor, Emil Jannings, was born Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz on Jul 23, 1884 in Rorschach, Switzerland. Jannings died at the age of 65 on Jan 2, 1950 in Strobl, Austria and was laid to rest in Saint Wolfgang Friedhof Cemetery in Strobl, Salzburg, Austria.

MINI BIO:

Big, beefy, glowering, dominant Swiss-born actor whose speciality was great men destined for tragic decline. He became a leading figure in the German cinema in silent days and, when some of his films did well in America, went to Hollywood in 1926. Here, he enjoyed only a few years of popularity, for sound revealed his guttural accent and sent him back to Germany, where his efforts for the Third Reich in wartime led him to spend his final years in virtual exile. Oscar in 1928, jointly for The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command. Died from cancer.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Emil Jannings was nominated for one Academy Award, winning two for Best Actor for The Last Command (as General Dolgorucki [Grand Duke Sergius Alexander]) and The Way of All Flesh (as August Schilling) in 1927/28 and 1927/28 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1927/28Best ActorThe Last Command (1928)General Dolgorucki [Grand Duke Sergius Alexander]Won
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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 L? on Feb 3, 2015 From Critica Retro

Um perfil de Hoje ? mais lembrado por ter sido o primeiro ganhador do Oscar de Melhor Ator, em 1929. Mas Jannings foi um homem de muitas honras: contracenou com Pola Negri, Marlene Dietrich, Conrad Veidt e Lya De Putti. Foi dirigido por Josef von Sternberg, Ernst L... Read full article


Um perfil de

By L? on Feb 3, 2015 From Critica Retro

Um perfil de Hoje ? mais lembrado por ter sido o primeiro ganhador do Oscar de Melhor Ator, em 1929. Mas Jannings foi um homem de muitas honras: contracenou com Pola Negri, Marlene Dietrich, Conrad Veidt e Lya De Putti. Foi dirigido por Josef von Sternberg, Ernst L... Read full article


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By L? on Nov 30, -0001 From Critica Retro

Um perfil de Hoje ? mais lembrado por ter sido o primeiro ganhador do Oscar de Melhor Ator, em 1929. Mas Jannings foi um homem de muitas honras: contracenou com Pola Negri, Marlene Dietrich, Conrad Veidt e Lya De Putti. Foi dirigido por Josef von Sternberg, Ernst L... Read full article


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Because of his thick German accent, the advent of sound ended his American career. Returning to his native Germany, he became an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazis; thus, he spent the next decade-plus making films that supported Nazi ideology.

Of the five U.S. films Jannings made (all silent, all for Paramount), only the Oscar-winning The Last Command (1928) has survived intact. Of two films [The Way of All Flesh (1927) and The Patriot (1928)], only brief clips remain. The other two; Street of Sin (1928) and Betrayal (1929) [the latter also starring a young Gary Cooper] are thought to be completely lost.

His home town of Rorschach, Switzerland, honored him with a special star (similar to the ones on the Walk of Fame in L.A.), which was revealed on November 12, 2004. Only hours prior to the ceremony, the town's council learned of Jannings' efforts on behalf of the Nazis during World War II. A few days later, the star was removed.

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