Jean Hersholt

Jean Hersholt

Highest Rated: 100% Heidi (1937)

Lowest Rated: 80% Private Lives (1931)

Birthday: Jul 12, 1886

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created an honorary award in his name, Jean Hersholt's legacy did not endure apace with that of co-stars Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and James Cagney. Emigrating from Denmark before World War I, Hersholt's continental air made him a natural to play aristocrats and professional men in silent films and his career was given a boost when Erich von Stroheim cast him as the heavy in "Greed" (1924). The advent of sound and Hersholt's Danish accent knocked the actor down the Hollywood cast list but he excelled in character parts at MGM and worked his way back up on the marquee, starring with Shirley Temple in the family favorite "Heidi" (1937) and playing a dedicated small-town doctor in "Meet Dr. Christian" (1939) and its five sequels. His philanthropic work inspired the Academy to create the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1940 while he spent the WWII sending morale-boosting radio broadcasts to Nazi-occupied Denmark. Seen less often in films after accepting the presidency of the Academy in 1945, Hersholt devoted considerable time to translating into English the folk tales of countryman Hans Christian Anderson. Diagnosed with inoperable cancer, he rallied to bring "Dr. Christian" to television before his death in June 1956. Though he remained obscure to all but the most ardent classic film fans, Jean Hersholt's legacy of philanthropy immortalized him in cinema history as the man who gave Hollywood its conscience.

Highest rated movies

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Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 71% Run for Cover Mr. Swenson (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Meet Again Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melody for Three Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Remedy for Riches Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Christian Meets the Women Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courageous Dr. Christian Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Dr. Christian Dr. Christian (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 45% Mr. Moto in Danger Island Sutter (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Island Sutter (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Give a Million Victor (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five of a Kind Dr. John Luke (Character) - 1938
100% 74% Heidi Adolph Kramer (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 56% Seventh Heaven Father Chevillon (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tough Guy Doctor Mulback (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 0% His Brother's Wife Professor Fahrenheim (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion Dr. John Luke (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet One in a Million Heinrich Muller (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of Man Christopher Freyman (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Country Doctor Dr. John Luke (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 25% Break of Hearts Professor Thalma (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet Victor Hanson (Character) - 1935
80% 46% Mark of the Vampire Baron Otto Montay (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 54% The Painted Veil Herr Koerber (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 17% The Cat and the Fiddle Professor (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 40% Men in White Dr. "Hockie" Hochberg (Character) - 1934
90% 75% Dinner at Eight Jo Stengel (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crime of the Century Dr. Emil Brandt (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet New Morals for Old James Hallett (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts of Humanity Sol Bloom (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 65% Emma Mr. Frederick `'Fred'` Smith (Character) - 1932
86% 77% Grand Hotel Senf (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 42% Skyscraper Souls Jacob 'Jake' Sorenson (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flesh Mr. Herman (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 66% The Beast of the City Samuel "Sam" Belmonte (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Court Janitor (Character) - 1932
88% 53% The Mask of Fu Manchu Von Berg (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 60% Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise Karl Ohlin (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 20% The Phantom of Paris Herman (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 61% The Sin of Madelon Claudet Dr. Dulac (Character) - 1931
80% 60% Private Lives Oscar (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transatlantic Rudolph aka Jed Kramer (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daybreak Herr Schnabel (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything Grandfather Rittner (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case of Sergeant Grischa Posnanski (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Is West Man (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Harbor Joseph Horngold (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Viennese Nights Herr Hofner (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mamba August Bolte (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Younger Generation Julius Goldfish/Pa (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Modern Love François Renault (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 58% The Battle of the Sexes The Father (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet 63% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Dr. Friedrich Jüttner (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 73% Don Q, Son of Zorro Don Fabrique Borusta (Character) - 1925
96% 91% Greed Marcus Schuller (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet 60% Her Night of Romance Joe Diamond (Character) - 1924
86% No Score Yet So Big Aug Hempel (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Lights Ezra Carson (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet 86% Tess of the Storm Country Ben Letts (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love's Prisoner Unknown (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet Southern Justice Caleb Talbot (Character) - 1917
80% No Score Yet 49-17 "Gentleman Jim" Raynor (Character) - 1917

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1952

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