Job Actor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1914-1955
Top Roles Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Lt. Erich von Steuben, Nicki / Prince Nickolas von Wildeliebe, Balloon Vendor, The Great Flamarion
Top GenresDrama, Silent Films, War, Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Comedy
Top TopicsWorld War II, Based on Play, Fame
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer),
Shares birthday with Paul Muni, Martha Scott, John Houseman  see more..

Erich von Stroheim Overview:

Legendary actor, Erich von Stroheim, was born Erich Oswald Stroheim on Sep 22, 1885 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). von Stroheim died at the age of 71 on May 12, 1957 in Maurepas, France and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1950Best Supporting ActorSunset Blvd. (1950)Max Von MayerlingNominated
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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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Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

By minooallen on Sep 22, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, , born September 22, 1885! To quote Sunset Blvd, ?There were three young directors who showed promise in those days: D. W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, and Max Von Mayerling.? If you?re familiar with the film, which I’m sure you are, you... Read full article


"Blind Husbands" (1919)

By Silentfilmfanatic on Jun 1, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

"Blind Husbands" (1919) is a silent romantic drama starring , Sam De Grasse, and Francelia Billington. Directed by , this film is about an Austrian military officer who is determined to seduce the neglected wife of an American surgeon. The story begins with Dr. Ar... Read full article


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Erich von Stroheim Quotes:

Prof. Franz Mueller: What do I know about the brain itself? Nothing. Can it think? Remember after its body is dead? Could it be made to feel, to hear perhaps, or to express itself in some way? To contact the living?


Gabbo: [Otto won't "shut up"] Otto, if you don't keep quiet I'll smash you! I'll destroy so that you won't make another sound! Do I want to listen to you? No!


Otto: [to audience] How are you fixed for steady company?
Gabbo: Otto! How often do I have to tell you not to be so fresh?
Otto: Okay chief!
[back to audience]
Otto: How are you fixed for steady company?
Gabbo: Otto! Now that's enough or I'll put you away!


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Erich von Stroheim Facts
Although it is inaccurate to say he is actually a character in Peter Handke's "anti-play," "The Ride Across Lake Constance," his name is used as a designation of a character, as are the names of other celebrated actors of the German cinema, Elisabeth Bergner, Heinrich George, Emil Jannings, Henny Porten and the twins Alice Kessler and Ellen Kessler.

He fabricated an elaborate back-story for himself as an Austrian aristocrat and imperial officer, while in fact he was the son of a lower-middle-class Jewish hat maker and never served in any military.

May 1924: A $10,000 bonus was offered to him by MGM chief Louis B. Mayer if he finished The Merry Widow (1925) in less than six weeks.

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