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Francis Lederer

Picture Franz Lederer
Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

1899 - 2000

Frantisek Lederer was born in Karlin/Prague und grew up bilingual. Already as a teenager he worked partially as an extra for the theater and took play lessons by Roman Reinhardt.

In 1918 he tackled a study at the academy of music and performing arts and received a fixed contract at the "Neues Deutsches Theater" in Prague. In the following years he acted frequently in Germany and could start there his true theater career. 

In 1928 Lederer made his debut in the film business with "Zuflucht". In the next few years he appeared in thirteen further film productions and added two highlights to his career with "Die Büchse der Pandora" (29) and "Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna" (29). Afterwards he came to England and the USA for a theater engagement. During his stay there the political situation came to a head and Lederer decided to stay in exile. This decision wasn't detrimental to his career. He received leading role in the USA too and acted together with authorities like Joan Bennet, Ginger Rogers and Claudette Colbert.

In 1934 he got involved for a turning away from the war and set up the World Peace Federation. In 1940 he had to ward off against reproaches to had been taken part in communistic meetings, with effect. 

In the 50s Lederer appeared in movies only occasionally, his last cinema movie came into being in 1959. Till 1971 he appeared time and again in guest roles of different TV serials like "Mission Impossible" and others.

Francis Lederer worked until one week before his death at his self-founded American National Academy of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Other movies with Francis Lederer:
Die seltsame Nacht der Helga Wangen (28) Meineid (29) Atlantic (29) Maman Colibri - Irene Rysbergues grosse Liebe (29) Hai-Tang (30) Der Detektiv des Kaisers (30) Fundvogel (30) Die grosse Sehnsucht (30) Susanne macht Ordnung (30) Ihre Majestät die Liebe (30) Das Schicksal der Renate Langen (30) Der Weg zur Schande (30) Man of Two Worlds (33) The Pursuit of Happiness (34) Romance in Manhattan (34) The Gay Deception (35) One Rainy Afternoon (36) My American Wife (36) It's All Yours (37) The Lone Wolf in Paris (38) Midnight - Enthüllung um Mitternacht (39) Confessions of a Nazi Spy - Ich war ein Spion der Nazis (39) The Man I Married (40) Puddin' Head (41) The Bridge of San Luis Rey (44) Voice in the Wind (44) The Diary of a Chambermaid - Das Tagebuch einer Kammerzofe (45) The Madonna's Secret (45) Million Dollar Weekend (48) Captain Carey (50) A Woman of Distinction - Die Männerfeinding/Eine bemerkenswerte Frau (50) Surrender (50) Abenteuer in Wien/Gefährliches Abenteuer (52) The Ambassador's Daughter - Die grosse und die kleine Welt (56) Lisbon - Geheimzentrale Lissabon (56) The Return of Dracula (58) Maracaibo - Flammen über Maracaibo (58) Terror is a Man (59).
Serie "TV Playhouse: The Long Run" (50) Serie "Robert Montgomery Presents: The Patriot From Antibes" (54) Serie "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: No Rescue" (54) Serie "Elgin Hour: Yesterday's Magic (54) Serie "Studio One: Delicate Affair (58) Serie "Dupont Show of the Month: Arrowsmith" (60) Serie "The Untouchables: The Otto Frick Story" (60) Serie "Sunday Showcase: Turn the Key Softly" (60) Serie "Ben Casey: Odyssey of a Proud Suitcase" (62) Serie "Ben Casey: Every Other Minute It's the End of the World" (65) Serie "Kraft Suspense Theatre: The Safe House" (65) Serie "Blue Light: Invasion by the Stars" (66) Serie "Mission: Impossible: A Cube of Sugar" (67) Serie "It Takes a Thief: The Cold Who Came in from the Spy" (69) Serie "Night Gallery: The Devil Is Not Mocked" (71)