Cornel Wilde

Cornel Wilde

  • Highest Rated: 100% Road House (1948)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)
  • Birthday: Oct 13, 1915
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • His father was a traveling salesman who did a lot of business in Europe, and Wilde spent much of his youth traveling in Europe with him, where he became fluent in several languages. For several years he studied medicine in college, but he gave it up to pursue acting; he also gave up a spot on the 1936 U.S. Olympic fencing team. He appeared in a number of plays in New York and on the road, playing everything from bit parts to leads. In 1940 he was hired as a fencing instructor and a featured player for the Broadway production of Hamlet with Laurence Olivier; some of the rehearsals were in Hollywood, where he landed a film contract. On-screen from 1940, Wilde played small roles as heavies in several films, then switched studios and began getting leads in B movies. His career took off after he played Chopin in A Song to Remember (1945), for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination. For several years he starred in major productions, such as the 1952 Best Picture winner The Greatest Show on Earth, then in the mid-late '50s he was back in B movies, often playing swashbucklers. In 1955 he formed his own company, Theodora Productions, to produce, direct, and star in his own films; he ultimately made 11 films in that capacity, but earned little critical respect for his work. Divorced from actress Patricia Knight, Wilde married his frequent costar, actress Jean Wallace.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Vultures Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Fifth Musketeer (Behind the Iron Mask) (The 5th Musketeer) Aramis 1979
No Score Yet The Norseman Ragnar 1978
No Score Yet Shark's Treasure Director Jim Carnahan Jim Producer Screenwriter 1975
40% Gargoyles Dr. Mercer Boley 1972
No Score Yet No Blade of Grass Producer Narrator Director 1970
No Score Yet The Comic Frank Powers 1969
No Score Yet Beach Red Producer Capt. MacDonald/Narrator Director 1967
86% The Naked Prey Producer Director The Man 1966
No Score Yet Sword of Lancelot Sir Lancelot Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet Constantine and the Cross Constantine 1961
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity Les Martin 1959
No Score Yet Maracaibo Vic Scott Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet Beyond Mombasa Matt Campbell 1957
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam 1957
83% Hot Blood Stephano Torino 1956
No Score Yet Storm Fear Charlie Director Producer 1955
No Score Yet The Scarlet Coat Maj. John Bolton 1955
92% The Big Combo Police Lt. Leonard Diamond 1955
No Score Yet Woman's World Bill Baxter 1954
No Score Yet Passion Juan Obreon 1954
No Score Yet Treasure of the Golden Condor Jean-Paul 1953
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Himself 1953
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Sebastian 1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point D'Artagnan Jr. 1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret Peter Forrester 1952
No Score Yet Two Flags West Capt. Mark Bradford 1950
89% Shockproof Graff Marat 1949
100% Road House Pete Morgan 1948
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho Dave Connors 1948
11% Forever Amber Bruce Carlton 1947
No Score Yet It Had to Be You George McKesson / Johnny Blaine 1947
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Robert of Nottingham 1946
90% Leave Her to Heaven Richard Harland 1945
No Score Yet A Thousand and One Nights Aladdin 1945
No Score Yet A Song to Remember Frederic Chopin 1945
No Score Yet Wintertime Freddy Austin 1943
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Chet Oakley 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Tom Rossi 1941
95% High Sierra Louis Mendoza 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Tom Rossi 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Mr. Williams 1940
No Score Yet Saadia Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • 1987
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Himself
  • 1957
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Cornel Wilde
  • 1955
  • 1952

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