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Nils Asther

Highest Rated:   100% Bluebeard (1944)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Der goldene Schmetterling (The Golden Butterfly)
  • Actor
2010
57% 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
No Score Yet Chu Chin Chow
  • Kadar Pash
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

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