Louis Calhern

Louis Calhern

Highest Rated: 100% Executive Suite (1954)

Lowest Rated: 57% The Student Prince (1954)

Birthday: Feb 19, 1895

Birthplace: Not Available

Born in New York City, Louis Calhern moved to St. Louis with his family as a child. There he played high-school football, and while engaged in gridiron activity he was spotted by a theatrical manager and hired as a supernumerary in a local stage troupe. Borrowing money from his father, Calhern headed to New York to pursue acting. Because World War I was going on at the time, the young actor thought it expedient to change his Teutonic given name of Carl Henry Vogt ("Calhern" was a rearrangement of the letters in his first and second names). After his first Broadway break in the 1923 George M. Cohan production Song and Dance Man, the tall, velvet-voiced Calhern became a matinee idol by virtue of a play titled The Cobra. In films from 1921, Calhern thrived in the early talkie era as a cultured, saturnine villain. For a time, Calhern battled alcoholism and lost several important stage and screen assignments because of his personal problems, but by the late 1940s, Calhern had gone cold turkey and completely cleaned up his act. He was brilliant as Oliver Wendell Holmes in both the Broadway and film versions of The Magnificent Yankee, and from 1950 onward made several well-reviewed appearances as Shakespeare's King Lear (his favorite role). An MGM contract player throughout the 1950s, Calhern was seen as Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun (1950), the above-suspicion criminal mastermind (and "uncle" of kept woman Marilyn Monroe) in The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and the title character in Julius Caesar (1953). Louis Calhern died of a sudden heart attack while filming The Teahouse of the August Moon in Japan; he was replaced by character actor Paul Ford.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Afraid to Talk (Merry-Go-Round) Actor 2012
86% The Teahouse of the August Moon Actor 1956
No Score Yet Forever, Darling Charles Y. Bewell 1956
82% High Society Uncle Willie 1956
No Score Yet The Prodigal Nahreeb 1955
76% Blackboard Jungle Jim Murdock 1955
No Score Yet Athena Grandpa Mulvain 1954
No Score Yet Betrayed Gen. Ten Eyck 1954
57% The Student Prince King Ferdinand of Karlsberg 1954
No Score Yet Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron) James A. Michener 1954
100% Executive Suite George Nyle Caswell 1954
No Score Yet Rhapsody Nicholas Durant 1954
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Grandfather Eduardo Santos 1953
95% Julius Caesar Julius Caesar 1953
79% The Bad and the Beautiful Voice on the Recording 1953
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Himself 1953
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda Col. Zapt 1952
No Score Yet The Man with a Cloak Charles Theverner 1952
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal) Charles W. Birch 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Freddie Melrose 1952
No Score Yet Invitation Simon Bowker 1952
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love Horatio Robinson 1950
No Score Yet Devil's Doorway Verne Coolan 1950
97% The Asphalt Jungle Alonzo D. Emmerich 1950
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio Gregory Elliott 1950
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own Jim Leversoe 1950
100% Annie Get Your Gun Buffalo Bill 1950
80% The Magnificent Yankee Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 1950
No Score Yet The Red Danube Col. Piniev 1949
No Score Yet The Red Pony Grandpa 1949
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph 'Col.' Boris Morosov 1948
98% Notorious Prescott 1946
80% Up in Arms Col. Ashley 1944
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Viceroy 1944
85% Heaven Can Wait Randolph Van Cleve 1943
No Score Yet I Take This Woman Dr. Duveen 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Brockdorf 1940
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl Dr. Kessler 1939
No Score Yet Juarez LeMarc 1939
No Score Yet Charlie McCarthy, Detective Arthur Aldrich 1939
No Score Yet Fast Company Elias Z. Bannerman 1938
82% The Life of Emile Zola Maj. Dort 1937
No Score Yet Her Husband Lies Sordoni 1937
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Sunderland 1936
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Prefect 1935
No Score Yet Woman Wanted Smiley 1935
No Score Yet Sweet Adeline Maj. Jim Day 1935
86% The Count of Monte Cristo Raymond de Villefort Jr. 1934
No Score Yet The Affairs of Cellini Ottaviano 1934
No Score Yet The Man with Two Faces Stanley Vance 1934
92% Duck Soup Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania 1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs Winklereid 1933
No Score Yet The World Gone Mad (The Public Be Hanged) (Public Be Damned) Christopher Bruno 1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny Steve Dutton 1933
No Score Yet 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Joe Finn 1932
No Score Yet Night After Night Dick Bolton 1932
No Score Yet Okay, America! Actor 1932
No Score Yet They Call It Sin Ford Humphries 1932
No Score Yet The Road to Singapore March 1931
No Score Yet Stolen Heaven Steve Perry 1931
No Score Yet Blonde Crazy Dapper Dan Barker 1931
No Score Yet Too Wise Wives David Graham 1921
100% The Blot Phil West 1921


Alonzo D. Emmerich says: after all crime is just the left handed form of human endeavor

Alonzo D. Emmerich says: After all crime is just the left handed form of human endeavor.