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Louis Calhern

Highest Rated:   100% Executive Suite (1954)
Lowest Rated:   60% The Student Prince (1954)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
81% 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
60% 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
96% 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
96% 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
No Score Yet 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
97% Notorious
  • Prescott
1946
No Score Yet Up in Arms
  • Col. Ashley
1944
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The Viceroy
1944
91% 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
75% The Life of Emile Zola
  • Maj. Dort
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
No Score Yet 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
94% 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 Blonde Crazy
  • Dapper Dan Barker
1931
No Score Yet Too Wise Wives
  • David Graham
1921
No Score Yet The Blot
  • Phil West
1921

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