J. Edward Bromberg

J. Edward Bromberg

  • Highest Rated: 91% The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% Four Men and a Prayer (1938)
  • Birthday: Dec 25, 1903
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Hungary, actor J. Edward Bromberg moved with his family to the US while still an infant. Bromberg was certain from an early age that he would pursue an acting career, taking several odd jobs (silk salesman, candy maker, laundry worker) to finance his training. He studied with the Moscow Art Theatre, then made his American stage bow at age 23 at the Greenwich Village Playhouse. The corpulent Bromberg conveyed a perpetual air of ulcerated, middle-aged tension, allowing him to play characters much older than himself. He worked extensively with the Theatre Guild, coming to Hollywood's attention for his work in the 1934 Pulitzer Prize winning play Men in White. With 1936's Under Two Flags, Bromberg began his long association with 20th Century-Fox, playing a vast array of foreign villains, blustering buffoons and the occasional gentle philosopher. He made a triumphant return to Broadway in 1948 as a Louis Mayer-like movie mogul in Clifford Odets' The Big Knife, but the euphoria would not last. Accused of being a Communist sympathizer, Bromberg was blacklisted from Hollywood and forced to seek work in England. Though only 47 when he fled the country, Bromberg looked twenty years older due to the strain of withstanding the accusations of the witchhunters. J. Edward Bromberg died in London in 1951, at age 48; the reason given was "natural causes," since a broken heart is not officially regarded as a fatal condition.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Guilty Bystander Otto Varkas 1950
78% I Shot Jesse James Kane 1949
50% A Song Is Born Dr. Elfini 1948
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph Hotel Manager 1948
No Score Yet Queen of the Amazons Gabby 1947
78% Cloak and Dagger Trenk 1946
No Score Yet Pillow of Death Julian Julian 1945
No Score Yet Salome, Where She Danced Prof. Max 1945
No Score Yet The Missing Corpse Henry Kruger 1945
No Score Yet Voice in the Wind Dr. Hoffman 1944
60% Son of Dracula Prof. Lazlo 1943
76% Phantom of the Opera Amiot 1943
60% Lady of Burlesque S.B. Foss 1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France Durand 1942
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Coke 1942
No Score Yet Invisible Agent Karl Heiser 1942
No Score Yet Dance Hall Max Brandon 1941
91% The Mark of Zorro Don Luis Quintero 1940
75% Strange Cargo Flaubert 1940
83% The Return of Frank James Runyon 1940
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Dave Spingold 1939
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend Ross 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Mr. Runyan 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto Takes a Chance Rajah Ali 1938
40% Four Men and a Prayer Gen. Torres 1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Dr. Hill 1938
No Score Yet The Baroness and the Butler Zorda 1938
No Score Yet Suez Said 1938
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon Herbie 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan on Broadway Murdock 1937
No Score Yet The Crime of Dr. Forbes Dr. Eric Godfrey 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Aristide 1937
No Score Yet Stowaway Judge Booth 1936
No Score Yet Ladies in Love Brenner 1936
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Dr. Spindler 1936
No Score Yet Reunion Charles Renard 1936

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