1896 - 1964
The actor Joseph Schildkraut had a big burden when he had chosen the profession of an actor. His father Rudolf Schildkraut was one of the most famous theater actors of his time and the shadow he threw was immense.
But in contrast to many other actor sons this was pressure was no problem
for the young Joseph Schildkraut. He already appeared on stages as a child
and in 1910 he went together with his fahter to the USA where he studied
acting. From 1913 he was a successful actor on Max Reinhardt's stage.
There he soon rose to a leading actor for the Broadway and when D.W. Griffith engaged for his movie "Orphans of the Storm" (22), the way to a film career was paved for Joseph Schildkraut. In two of his next movies he acted under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille in "Road to Yesterday" (25) and "The King of Kings" (27), in which again his father was involved too.
In the 30's followed much more offers and Joseph Schildkraut took part
in some of very successful movies. To his well-known movies belong "Viva
Villa! - Schrei der Gehetzten" (34), the both Cecil-B.-DeMille movies "Cleopatra"
(34) and "The Crusades" (35) as well as "The Garden of Allah" (36) and
finally "The Life of Emile Zola". For the last mentioned movie he was achieved
for 1936's Best Support Actor Academy Award for his part as Captain Alfred
Joseph Schildkraut also appeared in some well-known movies of the 40's, among them "The Shop Around the Corner - Rendezvous nach Ladenschluss" (40), "Flame of the Barbary Coast" (45) and "The Plainsman and the Lady" (46).
With the movies "The Diary of Anne Frank - Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank" (59) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (64) he finished his impressive screen career.
His biography "My Father and I" was published in 1959.
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