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Joseph Schildkraut was born on 22 March, 1896 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria], is an Actor, Soundtrack. Discover Joseph Schildkraut's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of Joseph Schildkraut networth?

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Occupation actor,soundtrack
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Aries
Born 22 March 1896
Birthday 22 March
Birthplace Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Date of death 21 January, 1964
Died Place New York City, New York, USA
Nationality Austria-Hungary [now Austria]

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Joseph Schildkraut Height, Weight & Measurements

At 68 years old, Joseph Schildkraut height is 5' 10" (1.78 m) .

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Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Who Is Joseph Schildkraut's Wife?

His wife is Leonora Constance (George) Rogers (22 March 1963 - 21 January 1964) ( his death), Lillian Marie McKay (27 May 1932 - 17 February 1962) ( her death), Elise Bartlett (7 April 1922 - 9 June 1930) ( divorced)

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Wife Leonora Constance (George) Rogers (22 March 1963 - 21 January 1964) ( his death), Lillian Marie McKay (27 May 1932 - 17 February 1962) ( her death), Elise Bartlett (7 April 1922 - 9 June 1930) ( divorced)
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Joseph Schildkraut Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Joseph Schildkraut worth at the age of 68 years old? Joseph Schildkraut’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actor. He is from Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. We have estimated Joseph Schildkraut's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

The King of Kings (1927)$1,200 per week

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In an in-depth article by Ken Dennis from the Fall 2008 issue of "Classic Images", it is said that Rudolph Schildkraut strongly disapproved of his son Joseph Schildkraut's interest in the theatre and insisted he follow a career in music. Joseph was determined, however, and his father eventually relented.


When material on his life was being researched for an article that would eventually appear in the February 1973 issue of "Films in Review," the actor claimed to have been in a 1908 silent version on "The Wandering Jew" co-starring his father and produced in Berlin. He also recalled appearing in two other German silents, Für den Ruhm des Geliebten (1916) ("For the Glory of Her Lover") with Maria Carmi and a German-language version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray.".


Sporadic appearances followed on stage and film -- his last movie role wasted on the trivial role of Nicodemus in the epic failure The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). The film was released posthumously.


He died from a heart attack after a song-and-dance rehearsal for a musical comedy "Cafe Crown," which was due for a New York opening in the spring of 1964. His cremated ashes were laid to rest next to the remains of his parents in Hollywood's Beth Olum Cemetary.


In 1963, he was nominated for a Best Actor Emmy Award for his performance in a guest starring role on NBC's Sam Benedict legal drama which starred Edmond O'Brien and Richard Rust.


Following his beloved second wife's death in 1961, he married one more time, in 1963, to a much younger woman named Leonora Rogers.


His most touching role on both stage and screen would come as the Jewish father-in-hiding, Otto Frank, in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959).


His final Broadway appearance and greatest stage triumph would occur in 1955 as Otto Frank and he repeated his role on film but The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). In one of Hollywood's bigger missteps, he was not even nominated for an Academy Award.


On TV, however, he played Claudius to Maurice Evans' Hamlet in 1953 and filmed a memorable "Twilight Zone" episode in 1961.


His film output slowed down considerably at the outbreak of WWII in 1941, however; nevertheless he continued to show vitality on the stage with notable successes in "Clash by Night" (1941) with Tallulah Bankhead, "Uncle Harry" (1942) and "The Cherry Orchard" (1944) (again with Eva Le Gallienne). His Hollywood downfall happened when he signed his career away to the low budget Republic Pictures studio. . . for financial reasons. The films were unworthy of his participation and his roles secondary in nature to the storyline.


He soon became a Hollywood fixture appearing in everything from sumptuous costumers (Marie Antoinette (1938), The Three Musketeers (1939), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)), to action adventure (Lancer Spy (1937), Suez (1938)) to potent drama (The Rains Came (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940)).


An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola (1937).

Joseph received his Oscar for his portrayal of Captain Dreyfus, a proud and robust French Jew wrongly convicted of treason and subsequently exiled to Devil's Island, in the biopic The Life of Emile Zola (1937).


For the movie " The Life of Emile Zola", he achieved for 1936's Best Support Actor Academy Award for his part as Captain Alfred Dreyfus.


He played Wallace Beery's nemesis, General Pascal in MGM's Viva Villa! (1934), King Herod opposite Claudette Colbert in DeMille's Cleopatra (1934), and stole scenes as the cunning and underhanded Conrad, Marquis of Montferratin, in DeMille's The Crusades (1935).


It made stars out of both actors and both revisited their parts together on stage many years later in 1932.


Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Joseph evolved into one of Hollywood's most distinctive character actors.


Among others, Joseph won the role of Gaylord Ravenal in the Kern and Hammerstein musical Show Boat (1929) opposite Laura La Plante as Magnolia. Despite his preference for the theater, Depression-era finances forced him to relocate to Los Angeles for more job security.


He appeared in two films about the life of Jesus Christ: The King of Kings (1927) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). He played Judas Iscariot in the former and Nicodemus in the latter.


DeMille epics The Road to Yesterday (1925) and The King of Kings (1927), the latter co-starring as Judas Iscariot, with father Rudolf playing the high priest Caiaphas.


Preferring the stage, he nevertheless continued making films while conquering (on screen) Hollywood's loveliest of actresses, including Norma Talmadge in The Song of Love (1923), Seena Owen in Shipwrecked (1926), Marguerite De La Motte in Meet the Prince (1926), Bessie Love in Young April (1926) (which also co-starred father Rudolf), Lya De Putti in The Heart Thief (1927), and Jetta Goudal in The Forbidden Woman (1927). Most notable was his participation in the Cecil B.

Joseph met his first wife, aspiring actress Elise Bartlett, during a herald run as "Peer Gynt" (1923) on Broadway. The impulsive romantic swept her off her feet, proposed to her on the day he met her, and married her the following week. The couple separated a few years later and his first wife fell to drink, dying at a fairly young age of an alcohol-related illness. His second marriage to Marie McKay was much happier and lasted almost three decades. The actor's sturdy voice and strong command of the stage led to an easy transition into talking films.


Having appeared in a few silent pictures in Germany and Austria, Joseph was handed a prime role in the silent screen classic Orphans of the Storm (1921) starring the Gish sisters. This alone established him as an exotic matinée figure along the lines of a Valentino and Navarro.


After first great successes at the theater he made his film debut in the German movie "Schlemihl" (1915), in which also his father played a role. It followed the movies "Das Wiegenlied" (1915) and "Schweigepflicht" (1916). In 1920 he appeared in the Austrian movie "Der Roman der Komtesse Orth" (20), after that the family Schildkraut emigrated to the USA. 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.


A thriving member of the Deutsches Volkstheatre (1913-1920), work became difficult to find in the post-war years so once again the family returned to America in 1920. Now an established stage player, Joseph was handed the title role in the Guild Theatre production (and American premiere) of "Liliom" opposite his leading lady of choice Eva Le Gallienne.


Following Joseph's graduation from Berlin's Royal Academy of Music in 1911, the family migrated to America and settled in New York in 1912. His father continued making his mark in America's Yiddish theater while Joseph was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Offered lucrative theatre work back in Germany, Rudolf and family returned to Europe where Joseph began to grow in stature on the stage with the help of mentor Albert Bassermann. Joseph, like his father, would become well known not only for his prodigious talents on stage, but his marriage-threatening, Lothario-like behavior off-stage. World War I and a call to the Austrian Army could have interrupted his career but his theatrical connections helped exempt him from duty.


He already appeared on stages as a child and in 1910 he went together with his father to the USA where he studied acting.


Born on March 22, 1895, in Vienna, Austria, Joseph was the son of famed European/Yiddish stage actor Rudolph Schildkraut and his wife, the former Erna Weinstein. Nicknamed "Pepi" as a boy, the affectionate tag remained with him throughout his life. The family moved to Hamburg, Germany, when Joseph was 4. Joseph studied the piano and violin and grew inspired with his father's profession. On stage (with his father) from age 6, the family again relocated to Berlin where his father built a strong association with famed theatrical director Max Reinhardt.