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Warner Oland

Highest Rated:   100% Shanghai Express (1932)
Lowest Rated:   74% The Jazz Singer (1927)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet 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's Secret
  • Actor
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 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
No Score Yet 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

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