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J. Edward Bromberg



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
75% 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
75% 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 Invisible Agent
  • Karl Heiser
1942
No Score Yet Dance Hall
  • Max Brandon
1941
100% 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
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Gen. Torres
1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Dr. Hill
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

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