1862 - 1930
The Jewish actor Rudolph Schildkraut was born in Konstantinopel (other sources mention Austria).
Rudolf Schildkraut adjoined a touring company at the age of 14 and later
on he played on famous stages in Vienna.
In 1911 - when Rudolf Schildkraut was asked to convert to the Christianity
- he left Germany and went to the USA where he was able to continue his
The older Rudolf Schildkraut appeared in first movies from 1913. To his first movies belong "Der Shylock von Krakau" (13), "Ivan Koschula" (14), "Lache, Bajazzo" (14), "Dämon und Mensch" (15) as well as "Schlemihl" (15), in which his son Joseph Schildkraut made his film debut.
Thereafter Rudolf Schildkraut emigrated to the USA for good and he took part in other film productions, among them "His People" (25), "The King of Kings" (27), "The Main Event" (27) and "Christina" (29).
As before Rudolf Schildkraut became the most grateful roles at the theater where he always did his best. When he performed the play "God of Vengeance" on Broadway, he and the whole troupe were detentioned because of obscenity.
His son Joseph said about the acting ability of his father:
Other movies with Rudolf Schildkraut: