Francis Lederer

Highest Rated: 92% Midnight (1939)
Lowest Rated: 92% Midnight (1939)
Birthday: Nov 6, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in Prague, Francis Lederer was trained at that Czechoslovakian city's Academy of Music and Academy of Dramatic Art. Frequently labelled a "gorgeous man" by the critical press of the time, it took a while for matinee idol Lederer to be taken seriously as an actor. Billed as Franz Lederer in most of his European films, the actor was fortunate enough to be associated with several powerhouse directors, among them G.W. Pabst (Pandora's Box, Atlantic). While appearing on Broadway in 1932, Lederer was "discovered" for Hollywood, where he accepted a string of leading-man assignments in such films as Man of Two Worlds (1934), Romance in Manhattan (1934) and One Rainy Afternoon (1936). His cinematic stock in trade at the time was the outgoing, slightly naïve foreigner at the mercy of aggressive, acrimonious Americans or Britishers. One of his best screen characterizations was the disgruntled German-American bundist in Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), which won him the personal praise of his co-star Edward G. Robinson, who wasn't accustomed to handing out empty compliments. As Lederer grew older, he added villains, continental cads and jaundiced cynics to his repertoire; he even played a world-weary vampire in 1958's The Return of Dracula. An extremely wealthy man thanks to his real-estate holdings, Francis Lederer left films altogether in 1959, busying himself with civic, political and philanthropic enterprises.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ihre Majestät die Liebe (Her Majesty Love) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Susanne Macht Ordnung Actor 2011
No Score Yet Terror Is A Man Dr. Charles Girard 1959
No Score Yet Maracaibo Miguel Orlando 1958
No Score Yet The Return of Dracula Count Dracula, posing as Bellac Gordal 1958
No Score Yet Lisbon Serafim 1956
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter Obelski 1956
No Score Yet Stolen Identity Claude Manelli 1953
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction Paul Simone 1950
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A. Barone Rocco de Graffi 1950
No Score Yet Million Dollar Weekend Alan Marker 1948
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid Joseph 1946
No Score Yet The Madonna's Secret James Harlan Corbin 1946
No Score Yet Voice in the Wind Jan Volny 1944
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey Esteban 1944
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy Kurt Schneider 1939
92% Midnight Jacques Picot 1939
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon Philippe Martin 1936
No Score Yet The Gay Deception Sandro 1935
No Score Yet Romance in Manhattan Karel Novak 1935
No Score Yet The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna Actor 1930
92% Pandora's Box Alwa Schoen 1929
No Score Yet Mother Hummingbird (Maman Colibri) Actor 1929

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Hoffman
  • 1969
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Senko Brobin
  • 1967

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