Warner Oland

Warner Oland

  • Highest Rated: 100% Shanghai Express (1932)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
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  • Swedish actor Warner Oland was educated in Boston, but proudly retained his Scandinavian roots throughout his life, even devoting time to translating the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen into English for the benefit of theatrical scholars. Trained at Dr. Curry's Acting School, Oland took on a theatrical career, ultimately tackling the movie industry in 1915 with an appearance in Sin opposite Theda Bara. Oland's curious facial features enabled the occidental actor to specialize in oriental roles, most often as a villain. While his silent film appearances ranged from Cesar Borgia in Don Juan (1926) to Al Jolson's Jewish cantor father in The Jazz Singer (1927), Oland's oriental roles gained him the widest popularity, especially his portrayal as the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu in three early talking pictures. In 1931, Oland was cast as the wily, aphorism-spouting Chinese detective Charlie Chan in Charlie Chan Carries On for the Fox studios (later 20th Century-Fox). He would make annual appearances as Chan until 1934, when Fox decided to use the Earl Derr Biggers character as the focal point of a regular B-movie series; Oland would now be seen as Charlie Chan three times per year, and ultimately the actor would make a total of sixteen Chan pictures. From 1934 onward, Warner Oland was Charlie Chan - and vice versa. He remained in character on the set even when giving an interview or flubbing a line, and during a 1935 visit to China, Oland was mobbed by his enthusiastic Chinese movie fans, some of whom were so enchanted by his performance that (it is said) they actually believed Oland was genuinely Asian. During production of Charlie Chan at the Arena in 1938, Warner Oland died, and the movie was rearranged as a Peter Lorre vehicle, Mr. Moto's Gamble. The movie role of Charlie Chan was inherited by Sidney Toler, and later by Roland Winters.


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No Score Yet The Phantom Foe Actor 2015
No Score Yet Chinatown Nights Actor 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Chan on Broadway Charlie Chan 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics Charlie Chan 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo Charlie Chan 1937
60% Charlie Chan at the Opera Charlie Chan 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track Charlie Chan 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Circus Charlie Chan 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Shanghai Charlie Chan 1935
77% Werewolf of London Yogami 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Paris Charlie Chan 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Egypt Charlie Chan 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Secret Charlie Chan 1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil General Yu 1934
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in London Inspector Charlie Chan 1934
No Score Yet Mandalay Nick 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Prince Achmed 1934
No Score Yet Before Dawn Dr. Paul Cornelius 1933
100% Shanghai Express Henry Chang 1932
No Score Yet The Big Gamble Andrew North 1931
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in the Black Camel Charlie Chan 1931
No Score Yet Drums of Jeopardy (Mark of Terror) Dr. Boris Karlov 1931
100% Dishonored Gen. von Hindau 1931
No Score Yet Daughter of the Dragon Dr. Fu Manchu 1931
No Score Yet The Vagabond King Actor 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Himself 1930
74% The Jazz Singer Cantor Rabinowitz 1927
No Score Yet When A Man Loves Andre Lescaut 1927
No Score Yet Old San Francisco Chris 1927
No Score Yet Tell It to the Marines Chinese Bandit Leader 1926
No Score Yet Twinkletoes Roseleaf 1926
100% Don Juan Cesare Borgia 1926
No Score Yet Don Q Son of Zorro The Archduke 1925
No Score Yet Riders of the Purple Sage Lew Walkers 1925
No Score Yet The Fighting American Fu Shing 1924
No Score Yet The Pride of Palomar Okada 1922
No Score Yet East Is West Charley Yong 1922


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