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Louis Wolheim



The mashed nose, dog-ugly countenance and brutish manners of Louis Wolheim suggested that he'd spent most of his life as a prizefighter, stevedore, or mob henchman. In fact, the well-educated Wolheim spent six years as a mathematics instructor at Cornell University before ever setting foot on a stage (his broken nose was the result of a Cornell football game). Wolheim found the going rough in silent films, where his unpretty features confined him to standard -- and sometimes fleeting -- bad guy roles. He fared better on Broadway, originating the roles of Captain Flagg in What Price Glory and the title character in The Hairy Ape. When talkies arrived, Wolheim found himself much in demand for roles requiring tough talk and a golden heart; he also enjoyed an off camera reputation as one of the sweetest guys in Hollywood. His most famous film assignment was as the father figure Sergeant Katczinsky in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). Shortly after this triumph, he functioned as both star and director of The Sin Ship (1931). Louis Wolheim died of cancer in 1931, just before he was to begin filming The Front Page (1931).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Sin Ship
  • Capt. McVeigh
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Gentleman's Fate
  • Frank
1931
No Score Yet The Silver Horde
  • George Balt
1930
98% All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Kat
1930
No Score Yet Danger Lights
  • Dan Thorn
1930
No Score Yet Condemned
  • Jacques Duval
1929
No Score Yet Square Shoulders
  • Slag
1929
100% The Racket
  • Nick Scarsi
1928
No Score Yet Tempest
  • Sgt. Bulba
1928
No Score Yet Two Arabian Knights
  • Sgt. Peter McGaffney
1927
57% America
  • Captain Hare
1924
No Score Yet The Face in the Fog
  • Petrus
1922
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes
  • Craigin
1922
91% Orphans of the Storm
  • The Executioner
1921
92% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Emcee in Music Hall
1920

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