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Jean Hersholt  (1886-1956)

Jean Hersholt was born on July 12th, 1886 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to a renowned Danish show business family. At a young age he toured Europe performing with his family, and then graduated from the Copenhagen Art School. After appearing in a few early silents in Europe, Jean moved to Hollywood in 1914 to expand his career. Jean Hersholt worked for Goldwyn in 1923-1924, and for Paramount from 1927 through 1929, as well as for other studios. As an expert character actor, Jean gave an extra spark to every film in which he appeared. His career also branched out to include radio during the 1930's and 1940's, during which he played the popular and kindly "Dr. Christian". He also translated the works of Denmark's Hans Christian Andersen into English, and co-authored a book of fiction based on his Dr. Christian character. Kind and generous in real life as well as on the screen, Jean contributed heavily to humanitarian causes and charities, including founding the Motion Picture Country Home And Hospital. Today he is best remembered for having a special Academy Award named after him: the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given to a new recipient every year at the Oscar ceremony. Jean was married once, to Via Anderson, and had a son named Allan. Jean was the uncle of actor Leslie Neilson. He died in Hollywood of cancer on June 2nd, 1956. ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

Jean Hersholt's Silent Films

Modern Love (1929) .... Renault
... aka You Can't Buy Love (1929)
Younger Generation, The (1929) .... Julius (Pa) Goldfish
Girl on the Barge (1929) .... McCadden
Give and Take (1928) .... Factory owner, John Bauer
Jazz Mad (1928) .... Franz Hausmann
Abie's Irish Rose (1928) .... Solomon Levy
Battle of the Sexes, The (1928) .... Mr. Judson

Three old pros working together, from right to left, Jean Hersholt, Lionel Barrymore, & Marie Dressler

Secret Hour, The (1928) .... Tony
... aka Beggars of Love (1928)
13 Washington Square (1928) .... 'Deacon' Pyecroft
Alias the Deacon (1928) .... The Deacon

Jean Hersholt playing the kindly tutor to Ramon Novarro's prince in "The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg" (1927)
(with a young Norma Shearer)

Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, The (1927) .... Dr. Friedrich Jüttner
... aka Old Heidelberg (1927)
... aka Student Prince, The (1927) (UK)
Wrong Mr. Wright, The (1927) .... Seymour White
Old Soak, The (1926) .... Clement Hawley, Sr.
Flames (1926) .... Ole Bergson
It Must Be Love (1926) .... Pop Schmidt
My Old Dutch (1926) .... 'Erb 'Uggins
Greater Glory, The (1926) .... Gustav Schmidt
Woman on the Jury, The (1925) .... Juror
Stella Dallas (1925) .... Ed Munn
Woman's Faith, A (1925) .... Cluny
... aka Clash, The (1925)
If Marriage Fails (1925) .... Dr. Mallini
Don Q Son of Zorro (1925) .... Don Fabrique Borusta
Fifth Avenue Models (1925) .... Crook
Dangerous Innocence (1925) .... Gilchrist
Greed (1925) .... Marcus
So Big (1924) .... Aug Hempel
Cheap Kisses (1924) .... Gustaf Borgstrom
Her Night of Romance (1924) .... Joe Diamond
Sinners in Silk (1924) .... Dr. Eustace
Goldfish, The (1924) .... Herman Krauss
Torment (1924) .... Boris
Red Lights (1923) .... Ezra Carson
Quicksands (1923) .... Ring Member
Jazzmania (1923) .... Prince Otto of Como
Strangers' Banquet, The (1922) .... Fiend
Tess of the Storm Country (1922) (uncredited) .... Ben Letts
Heart's Haven (1922) .... Henry Bird
When Romance Rides (1922) .... Joel Creech
Man of the Forest (1921) .... Lem Beasley
Certain Rich Man, A (1921) .... Adrian Brownwell
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The (1921) .... Prof. von Hartrott
Servant in the House, The (1921) .... Manson, The Servant in the House
Deceiver, The (1920)
Golden Trail, The (1920) .... Harry Teal
Merely Mary Ann (1920) .... Stranger
Red Lane, The (1920) .... Vetal Beaulieu
In the Land of the Setting Sun (1919)
Love's Prisoner (1919) (uncredited) .... Party Guest
Whom the Gods Would Destroy (1919)
... aka Whom the Gods Destroy (1919)
Answer, The (1918) .... Shepard
Madame Spy (1918) .... Count Von Ornstorff
Princess Virtue (1917) .... Emile Carre
'49-'17 (1917) .... Gentleman Jim Raynor
... aka 49-17 (1917)
... aka Forty-Nine Seventeen (1917)
Stormy Knight, A (1917) .... Dr. Fraser
Show Down, The (1917) .... Parkes
Soul Herder, The (1917) .... Priest
... aka Sky Pilot, The (1917)
Greater Law, The (1917) .... Basil Pelly
Southern Justice (1917) .... Caleb Talbot
Townsend Divorce Case, The (1917)
Her Primitive Man (1917)
Saintly Sinner, The (1917) .... Undetermined Role
Terror, The (1917) .... Jimm, the Dope
Love Aflame (1917) .... Reginald
... aka Hearts Aflame (1917) (USA: review title)
Fighting for Love (1917) .... Ferdinand
Black Orchids (1917)
Desert, The (1916)
Scratched (1916)
Kinkaid, Gambler (1916) .... Undetermined Role
It's All Wrong (1916)
As the Candle Burned (1916)
Some Medicine Man (1916)
Apostle of Vengeance, The (1916)
Aryan, The (1916)
Hell's Hinges (1916) (uncredited) .... Rowdy townsman
Bullets and Brown Eyes (1916)
Disciple, The (1915) .... Extra
Opløb på Frederiksberg (1906)
... aka Professorens Morgenavis (1906)
Konfirmanden (1906)

To learn more about Jean Hersholt visit his profile on The Internet Movie Database


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