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      Jean Hersholt

      Jean Hersholt

      Highest Rated: 100% Heidi (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 75% Southern Justice (1917)

      Birthday: Jul 12, 1886

      Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

      Though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created an honorary award in his name, Jean Hersholt's legacy did not endure apace with that of co-stars Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and James Cagney. Emigrating from Denmark before World War I, Hersholt's continental air made him a natural to play aristocrats and professional men in silent films and his career was given a boost when Erich von Stroheim cast him as the heavy in "Greed" (1924). The advent of sound and Hersholt's Danish accent knocked the actor down the Hollywood cast list but he excelled in character parts at MGM and worked his way back up on the marquee, starring with Shirley Temple in the family favorite "Heidi" (1937) and playing a dedicated small-town doctor in "Meet Dr. Christian" (1939) and its five sequels. His philanthropic work inspired the Academy to create the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1940 while he spent the WWII sending morale-boosting radio broadcasts to Nazi-occupied Denmark. Seen less often in films after accepting the presidency of the Academy in 1945, Hersholt devoted considerable time to translating into English the folk tales of countryman Hans Christian Anderson. Diagnosed with inoperable cancer, he rallied to bring "Dr. Christian" to television before his death in June 1956. Though he remained obscure to all but the most ardent classic film fans, Jean Hersholt's legacy of philanthropy immortalized him in cinema history as the man who gave Hollywood its conscience.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Heidi
      100% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
      100% Tess of the Storm Country
      96% Greed
      91% Dinner at Eight
      88% The Mask of Fu Manchu
      87% Grand Hotel
      81% Mark of the Vampire

      Photos

      REUNION, Jean Hersholt, 1936.© 20th Century Fox. TM & Copyright THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES, Jean Hersholt, 1928 ONE IN A MILLION, Jean Hersholt, 1936, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp FIVE OF A KIND, Jean Hersholt, 1938, ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright EMMA, Jean Hersholt, Marie Dressler, 1932 THE SEA AROUND US, producer, writer and director Irwin Allen, right, receiving Best Feature Documentary Oscar from Jean Hersholt, March 19, 1953 GRAND HOTEL, Jean Hersholt, 1932 MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, Jean Hersholt, 1935 THE COUNTRY DOCTOR, Jean Hersholt, 1936. ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright HEIDI, Jean Hersholt, 1937, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved HEIDI, Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, 1937, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved HEIDI, Shirley Temple, Helen Westley, Jean Hersholt, 1937, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved RUN FOR COVER, Jean Hersholt, 1955 SONG OF THE EAGLE, from left, Jean Hersholt, Louise Dresser, 1933 HEIDI, from left: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, 1937. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright TRANSATLANTIC, Myrna Loy, Lois Moran, Jean Hersholt, 1931, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. GREED, Jean Hersholt, Gibson Gowland, 1924 THE BEAST OF THE CITY, from left: J. Carrol Naish, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, 1932 DINNER AT EIGHT, Jean Hersholt, Lee Tracy, John Barrymore, 1933 GREED, Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt, 1924

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 70% Run for Cover Mr. Swenson (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet They Meet Again Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Melody for Three Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Remedy for Riches Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Christian Meets the Women Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courageous Dr. Christian Dr. Paul Christian (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Island Sutter (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Dr. Christian Dr. Christian (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 45% Mr. Moto in Danger Island Sutter (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five of a Kind Dr. John Luke (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Give a Million Victor (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 54% Seventh Heaven Father Chevillon (Character) - 1937
      100% 75% Heidi Adolph Kramer (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 0% One in a Million Heinrich Muller (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tough Guy Doctor Mulback (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion Dr. John Luke (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 8% His Brother's Wife Professor Fahrenheim (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of Man Christopher Freyman (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Country Doctor Dr. John Luke (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 26% Break of Hearts Professor Thalma (Character) - 1935
      81% 47% Mark of the Vampire Baron Otto Montay (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet Victor Hanson (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 36% Men in White Dr. "Hockie" Hochberg (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 55% The Painted Veil Herr Koerber (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 17% The Cat and the Fiddle Professor (Character) - 1934
      91% 74% Dinner at Eight Jo Stengel (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crime of the Century Dr. Emil Brandt (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flesh Mr. Herman (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 64% The Beast of the City Samuel "Sam" Belmonte (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 69% Emma Mr. Frederick `'Fred'` Smith (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts of Humanity Sol Bloom (Character) - 1932
      87% 77% Grand Hotel Senf (Character) - 1932
      88% 51% The Mask of Fu Manchu Von Berg (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New Morals for Old James Hallett (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 42% Skyscraper Souls Jacob 'Jake' Sorenson (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Court Janitor (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 67% The Sin of Madelon Claudet Dr. Dulac (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 59% Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise Karl Ohlin (Character) - 1931
      80% 59% Private Lives Oscar (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 33% The Phantom of Paris Herman (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daybreak Herr Schnabel (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Transatlantic Rudolph aka Jed Kramer (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything Grandfather Rittner (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Is West Man (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case of Sergeant Grischa Posnanski (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Harbor Joseph Horngold (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mamba August Bolte (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Viennese Nights Herr Hofner (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Younger Generation Julius Goldfish/Pa (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Modern Love François Renault (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet 58% The Battle of the Sexes The Father (Character) - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 13 Washington Square 'Deacon' Pyecroft (Character) - 1928
      100% 64% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Dr. Friedrich Jüttner (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet 69% Don Q, Son of Zorro Don Fabrique Borusta (Character) - 1925
      96% 91% Greed Marcus Schuller (Character) - 1924
      No Score Yet 60% Her Night of Romance Joe Diamond (Character) - 1924
      75% No Score Yet So Big Aug Hempel (Character) - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Lights Ezra Carson (Character) - 1923
      100% 86% Tess of the Storm Country Ben Letts (Character) - 1922
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love's Prisoner Unknown (Character) - 1919
      80% No Score Yet 49-17 "Gentleman Jim" Raynor (Character) - 1917
      75% No Score Yet Southern Justice Caleb Talbot (Character) - 1917

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1952