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Jean Hersholt

Highest Rated:   100% Heidi (1937)
Lowest Rated:   79% Mark of the Vampire (1935)
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Danish actor Jean Hersholt was already a stage and movie veteran when he arrived in the USA in 1913. An apprenticeship as an extra and bit player led to a long and lucrative silent film career in the '20s, during which time Hersholt was firmly entrenched as the slimiest and most monstrous of movie villains. Towards the end of the silent era, Hersholt began playing nicer characters, still taking on the occasional bad guy or "surprise" killer in murder mysteries. Hersholt's screen image was altered permanently in 1936, when he was cast as Dr. Dafoe, the Canadian obstetrician who delivered the celebrated Dionne Quintuplets, in 20th Century-Fox's The Country Doctor. Plans to create a Dr. Dafoe movie series were blocked by the real Dafoe, but Jean Hersholt was anxious to sustain the characterization of a beneficent, lovable small-town medico; thus Dr. Christian -- named for Hersholt's favorite author, Hans Christian Andersen -- was born. The actor created the role of Dr. Christian on radio in 1937, then commenced a series of six low-budget Christian features for RKO Radio in 1939. Extending the ethics and generosity of Dr. Christian into his private life, Hersholt set up the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which provided medical care and a livable income for actors, directors, and other studio employees who were no longer able to care for themselves. While serving as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hersholt was lauded with three Academy Awards for his own charity work, and in 1948, he was knighted by King Christian X of Denmark. In 1956, a TV series based on Dr. Christian was produced by ZIV Studios; appearing on the first episode to bestow his practice upon the new Dr. Christian (MacDonald Carey) was Jean Hersholt, who had valiantly agreed to help launch the series even though he was dying of cancer and had wasted away to only 95 pounds. After the actor's death, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was set up to honor conspicuous acts of selflessness and kindness in the movie industry.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Private Lives
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Run for Cover (Colorado)
  • Mr. Swenson
1955
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark
  • Himself
1949
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet They Meet Again
  • Dr. Paul Christian
1941
No Score Yet Melody for Three
  • Dr. Paul Christian
1941
No Score Yet Dr. Christian Meets the Women
  • Dr. Paul Christian
1940
No Score Yet The Courageous Dr. Christian
  • Dr. Paul Christian
1940
No Score Yet Remedy for Riches
  • Dr. Paul Christian
1940
No Score Yet Meet Dr. Christian
  • Dr. Paul Christian
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island
  • Sutter
1939
No Score Yet Dr. Drama
  • Actor
1939
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Prof. Heinrich
1938
No Score Yet Happy Landing
  • Herr Ericksen
1938
100% Heidi
  • Adolph Kramer
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Fr. Chevillon
1937
No Score Yet His Brother's Wife
  • Professor 'Pop' Fahrenheim
1936
No Score Yet One in a Million
  • Heinrich Muller
1936
No Score Yet Break of Hearts
  • Professor Thalma
1935
79% Mark of the Vampire
  • Baron Otto von Zinden
1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil
  • Prof. Koerber
1934
No Score Yet Men in White
  • Dr. Hochberg
1934
No Score Yet The Cat and the Fiddle
  • Professor Bertier
1934
100% Dinner at Eight
  • Joe Stengel
1933
No Score Yet Hearts of Humanity
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls
  • Jake
1932
No Score Yet Unashamed
  • Mr. Heinrich Schmidt
1932
No Score Yet New Morals for Old
  • Hallett
1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening?
  • George Wagner
1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City
  • Samuel "Sam" Belmonte
1932
No Score Yet Emma
  • Mr. Smith
1932
88% The Mask of Fu Manchu
  • Prof. Von Berg
1932
86% Grand Hotel
  • Senf
1932
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet
  • Dr. Dulac
1931
No Score Yet Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise
  • Karl Ohlin
1931
No Score Yet The Phantom of Paris
  • Herman
1931
No Score Yet Transatlantic
  • Rudolph Kramer
1931
No Score Yet Daybreak
  • Herr Schnabel
1931
80% Private Lives
  • Oscar
1931
No Score Yet The Cat Creeps
  • Dr. Patterson
1930
No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything
  • Grandfather Rittner
1930
No Score Yet Hell Harbor
  • Joseph Horngold
1930
No Score Yet Mamba
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince)
  • Dr. Juttner
1928
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes
  • J.C. Judson
1928
No Score Yet Stella Dallas
  • Ed Munn
1925
No Score Yet Don Q Son of Zorro
  • Don Fabrique
1925
100% Greed
  • Marcus Schouler
1925
No Score Yet Her Night of Romance
  • Joe Diamond
1924
No Score Yet Jazzmania
  • Actor
1923
No Score Yet Tess of the Storm Country
  • Ben Letts
1922
No Score Yet Heart's Haven
  • Director
  • Henry Baird
1922
No Score Yet The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Prof. von Hartrott
1921
No Score Yet Love's Prisoner
  • Party Guest
1919
No Score Yet Hell's Hinges
  • Extra
1916
No Score Yet The Disciple
  • Extra
1915

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