Nils Asther

Highest Rated: 100% Bluebeard (1944)
Birthday: Jan 17, 1897
Birthplace: Not Available
Almost impossibly handsome, Danish-born, Swedish-reared Asther had the misfortune to be tagged the "male Greta Garbo." He did two films with his famous counterpart: The Single Standard and Wild Orchids (both 1929), and what an exotically handsome couple they made. Like Garbo, a protégée of Finnish-born director Mauritz Stiller, Asther had made a name for himself in Swedish theater and films before arriving in Hollywood in 1927 (via London and Sorrell and Son with another Swedish expatriate, Anna Q. Nilsson). He married his co-star in Topsy and Eva (1927), vaudeville headliner Vivian Duncan, and they had a daughter, Evelyn. But rumors of homosexuality would dog him throughout his American career and may in fact have been the reason why top stardom proved so elusive. Asther's talkie career became an up-and-down affair, from starring opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Frank Capra's evocative miscegenation drama The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932) to Poverty Row quickies in the 1940s. But whatever the setting, Asther always delivered a carefully modulated performance. He returned to Scandinavia when even television work dried up and became a fixture at the Great Northern company of Copenhagen in the early '60s. A very honest autobiography, Narren's Väg (The Road of the Jester), was published posthumously in Sweden in 1988.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Der goldene Schmetterling (The Golden Butterfly) Actor 2010
63% Samson and Delilah Prince 1949
No Score Yet Jealousy Peter Urban 1945
No Score Yet Son of Lassie Olav 1945
100% Bluebeard Inspector Jacques Lefevre 1944
No Score Yet Submarine Alert Dr. Arthur Huneker 1943
No Score Yet Night Monster (House of Mystery) Agor Singh 1942
No Score Yet Sweater Girl Prof. Henri Menard 1942
No Score Yet Flying Blind Eric Karolek 1941
No Score Yet Abdul the Damned Kadar Pash 1936
71% Chu Chin Chow Kadar Pash 1934
No Score Yet The Crime Doctor Eric Anderson 1934
No Score Yet The Right to Romance Dr. Helmuth 'Heppie' Heppling 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Geza 1933
100% The Bitter Tea of General Yen Gen. Yen 1933
No Score Yet The Washington Masquerade Brennan 1932
No Score Yet But the Flesh Is Weak Prince Paul 1932
No Score Yet The Sea Bat Carl 1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Himself 1929
No Score Yet The Single Standard Packy 1929
No Score Yet Wild Orchids Prince De Gace 1929
No Score Yet The Cardboard Lover Andre 1928
No Score Yet Our Dancing Daughters Norman 1928
No Score Yet The Cossacks Prince Olenin Stieshneff 1928
No Score Yet Laugh, Clown, Laugh Count Luigi Ravelli 1928
No Score Yet Sky Ship (Himmelskibet) Actor 1918
No Score Yet The Night Before The Divorce Actor