Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings

Highest Rated: 100% The Patriot (1928)

Lowest Rated: 86% Tartuffe (1925)

Birthday: Jul 23, 1884

Birthplace: Not Available

Born Theodor Emil Janenz into a middle-class home, German actor Emil Jannings ran away from home at age 16 to become a sailor, and ended up working as an assistant cook on a ocean liner. He returned home disillusioned, but soon took up the theater; at 18 he made his professional stage debut, going on to tour with several companies in numerous provincial towns. In 1906 he was invited to join Max Reinhardt's theater in Berlin, then considered to be the finest stage troupe in the world. Over the following decade, he established himself as a significant stage actor. Jannings debuted onscreen in 1914, but the first five years of his film career were routine. In 1919 he began appearing in a string of Germanic-slanted historical dramas, portraying imposing historical figures such as Louis XV, Henry VIII, and Peter the Great; next he starred in a series of literary adaptations. By the mid-'20s he had an international reputation, and many considered him the world's greatest screen actor. In 1927 Paramount signed him and he moved to Hollywood, appearing in a number of films designed to showcase his gift for tragedy. Jannings won the very first Best Actor Academy Award for his first two American films, The Last Command (1928) and The Way of All Flesh (1927). Because of his thick German accent, the advent of sound ended his American career. He returned to Germany in 1929. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, he was enlisted to participate in the state's propaganda machine; an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazis, he spent the next decade-plus making films that supported Nazi ideology. Propaganda Minister Goebbels awarded him in 1938 with a medal and an appointment to head Tobis, the company that produced his films, and he was honored as "Artist of the State" in 1941. At war's end Jannings was blacklisted by the Allied authorities, and he never made another film. He died five years later, lonely and bitter.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Othello Actor 2014
No Score Yet Stürme der Leidenschaft Actor 2014
No Score Yet Die Entlassung (Bismarck's Dismissal) Actor Producer 2014
No Score Yet Ohm Krüger (Uncle Kruger) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Der schwarze Walfisch (The Black Whale) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Der alte und der junge König - Friedrichs des Grossen Jugend (The Making of a King) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Altes Herz Wird Wieder Jung Actor 2013
No Score Yet Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes Producer Robert Koch 1939
No Score Yet Broken Jug Director Adam 1937
No Score Yet Liebling der Götter (Darling of the Gods) Actor 1930
96% Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) Prof. Immanuel Rath 1930
100% The Patriot Czar Paul I 1928
100% The Last Command Gen. Dolgorucki 1928
88% The Way of All Flesh August Schiller 1927
No Score Yet Nju - Eine unverstandene Frau (Husbands or Lovers) The Husband 1927
95% Faust Mephisto 1926
No Score Yet Waxworks Actor 1926
100% The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) Hotel Doorman 1925
100% Varieté (Variety) (Jealousy) Boss Huller 1925
86% Tartuffe Tartuffe 1925
No Score Yet The Eyes of the Mummy Radu 1922
No Score Yet Othello Othello 1922
No Score Yet The Loves of Pharaoh (Das weib des Pharao) Pharao Amenes 1922
No Score Yet Wax Works Actor 1922
No Score Yet Algol - Tragodie der Macht Robert Herne 1921
No Score Yet Danton Actor 1921
No Score Yet Fortune's Fool S. I. Rupp 1921
No Score Yet Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception) Henry VIII 1920
No Score Yet Kohlhiesels Tochter Actor 1920
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry (Passion) Louis XV 1919
No Score Yet The Merry Jail (Das fidele Gefängnis) Actor 1917


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