Joseph Schildkraut Overview:

Character actor, Joseph Schildkraut, was born on Mar 22, 1896 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). Schildkraut appeared in over 85 film and television roles. His best known films include The Life of Emile Zola, Marie Antoinette (1938), The Shop Around The Corner, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Schildkraut died at the age of 67 on Jan 21, 1964 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA.


Dashing, mustachioed Joseph Schildkraut came to Hollywood in the early twenties, and played lithe heroes. Sound Films cast him mainly as suave, irritable villains although there were also some good character roles, and for one of them, Captain Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola,  he won an Academy Award. He died from a heart attack. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



Joseph Schildkraut was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for The Life of Emile Zola (as Captain Alfred Dreyfus) in 1937.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best Supporting ActorThe Life of Emile Zola (1937)Captain Alfred DreyfusWon

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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By Movies, Silently on Feb 28, 2013 From Movies Silently

He will always be Chevalier de Vaudrey to me… (1896-1964) Country of birth: Austria The basics: Son of esteemed actor Rudolph Schildkraut, a star of the Yiddish stage. was a star of both stage and screen. He made several films in Austria before he was cast... Read full article

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Joseph Schildkraut Quotes:

Otto Frank: For the past two years we have lived in fear. Now we can live in hope.

Otto Frank: Always remember this Anna, there are no walls, no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind.

Anne Frank: [voiceover] In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Otto Frank: [spoken] She puts me to shame.

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Joseph Schildkraut Facts
Despite preferring women, Eva Le Gallienne entered into an on-and-off long-term romance with Joseph for many years following their joint appearances in the play "Liliom" in 1921.

Schildkraut's second wife (of 29 years) died during the 3-day filming of the third-season finale of "Twilight Zone" (1959), "The Trade-Ins" in 1962. Coming from a theatrical family, he insisted on finishing the production before he'd begin mourning. In the episode, he plays an elderly man who must choose between a new body for himself or living the rest of his life with his wife in a pain-wracked body; Schildkraut's personal torments add even more poignancy to one of the Twilight Zone's best episodes.

Cousin of actor/mime Robert Shields.

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