Biography

From Wikipedia

Fred Kohler (April 20, 1888 – October 28, 1938) was an American actor known for his playing heavies.

Fred Kohler was born in Kansas City, Missouri. As a teen, he began to pursue a career in vaudeville, but worked other jobs to support himself. He lost part of his right hand in a mining accident during this time. Eventually he was able to join a touring company, and worked steadily in show business for several years. America's budding film industry drew a 20-something Kohler to Hollywood, where he made his start in silent films. His first role was in the 1911 short The Code of Honor, and he had an uncredited role in Cecil B. DeMille's feature film Joan the Woman (1917), but a steady stream of parts did not begin until The Tiger's Trail (1919).

Kohler's stern features earned him a niche playing villains. His role as Bauman in The Iron Horse (1924) is a notable example. With the advent of the talkies, Kohler reprised many of his silent roles in remakes with sound, particularly in Westerns based on novels by Zane Grey.

At the beginning of the sound era, he appeared in the Allan Dwan film Tide of Empire (1929) alongside Renée Adorée and Tom Keene. Kohler died of a heart attack on October 28, 1938 at age 50. He was buried in an unmarked grave at Inglewood Park Cemetery in South Los Angeles community of Inglewood, California. His son Fred Kohler, Jr. (1911–1993) was also an actor in many western films.

From Wikipedia

Fred Kohler (April 20, 1888 – October 28, 1938) was an American actor known for his playing heavies.

Fred Kohler was born in Kansas City, Missouri. As a teen, he began to pursue a career in vaudeville, but worked other jobs to support himself. He lost part of his right hand in a mining accident during this time. Eventually he was able to join a touring company, and worked steadily in show business for several years. America's budding film industry drew a 20-something Kohler to Hollywood, where he made his start in silent films. His first role was in the 1911 short The Code of Honor, and he had an uncredited role in Cecil B. DeMille's feature film Joan the Woman (1917), but a steady stream of parts did not begin until The Tiger's Trail (1919).

Kohler's stern features earned him a niche playing villains. His role as Bauman in The Iron Horse (1924) is a notable example. With the advent of the talkies, Kohler reprised many of his silent roles in remakes with sound, particularly in Westerns based on novels by Zane Grey.

At the beginning of the sound era, he appeared in the Allan Dwan film Tide of Empire (1929) alongside Renée Adorée and Tom Keene. Kohler died of a heart attack on October 28, 1938 at age 50. He was buried in an unmarked grave at Inglewood Park Cemetery in South Los Angeles community of Inglewood, California. His son Fred Kohler, Jr. (1911–1993) was also an actor in many western films.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 76

Birthday 1887-04-20

Day of Death 1938-10-28

Place of Birth Burlington, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

  • Fred Kohler Sr.
  • Frederick L. Kohler
  • Jack Kohler
  • John Kohler

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1938 Lawless Valley as Tom Marsh
1938 Billy The Kid Returns as Matson
1938 Blockade as Pietro
1938 Gangs of New York as Kruger
1938 Forbidden Valley as Matt Rogan
1938 The Buccaneer as Gramby (as Fred Hohler Sr.)
1937 Daughter of Shanghai as Captain Gulner
1936 The Accusing Finger as Johnson
1936 The Texas Rangers as Jess Higgins
1936 The Vigilantes Are Coming as General Jason Burr
1936 For the Service as Bruce Howard
1936 Heart of the West as Barton
1935 Frisco Kid as Shanghai Duck
1935 Men of Action as Thorenson
1935 Lightning Triggers as Bull Thompson
1935 Hard Rock Harrigan as Black Jack Riley
1935 Border Brigands as Captain Conyda
1935 Goin' to Town as Buck Gonzales
1935 Times Square Lady as "Dutch" Meyers
1935 Horses' Collars as Double Deal Decker
1934 West of the Pecos as Sawtelle
1934 The Man from Hell as Mayor Anse McCloud
1934 Half a Sinner as Brick
1934 Little Man, What Now? as Karl Goebbler
1934 The Last Round-up as Sam Gulden
1934 Honor of the Range as Rawhide
1933 Queen Christina as Member of the Court at Abdication (uncredited)
1933 The Wolf Dog as Joe Stevens
1933 Ship of Wanted Men as Chuck Young
1933 The Fiddlin' Buckaroo as Wolf Morgan
1933 Under the Tonto Rim as Munther
1933 The Constant Woman as Speakeasy Bouncer
1932 Call Her Savage as Silas Jennings
1932 Wild Horse Mesa as Rand
1932 The Fourth Horseman as Honest Ben Jones
1932 The Rider of Death Valley as Lew Grant
1932 Carnival Boat as Hack Logan
1931 X Marks the Spot as Edward P. Riggs
1931 Corsair as Big John
1931 Woman Hungry as Kampen
1931 The Right of Way as Joseph Portugais
1931 Fighting Caravans as Lee Murdock
1931 Other Men's Women as Haley
1930 The Lash as Peter Harkness
1930 A Soldier's Plaything as Hank
1930 The Light of Western Stars as H.W. Stack
1930 Under a Texas Moon as Bad Man
1930 Roadhouse Nights as Sam Horner
1929 Hell's Heroes as William Kearney
1929 Say It with Songs as Fred, Joe's Cellmate
1929 Broadway Babies as Perc Gessant
1929 River of Romance as Captain Blackie
1929 Thunderbolt as 'Bad Al' Friedberg
1929 Tide of Empire as Cannon
1928 The Spieler as Red Moon
1928 Sal of Singapore as Captain Sunday
1928 The Vanishing Pioneer
1928 The Showdown as Winter
1927 The City Gone Wild as Gunner Gallagher
1927 The Way of All Flesh as The Tough
1927 The Rough Riders as Sergeant Stanton
1927 The Loves of Carmen as Gypsy Chief
1927 Underworld as 'Buck' Mulligan
1926 Old Ironsides as Second Mate
1926 The Ice Flood
1925 Winds of Chance as Joe McCaskey
1925 Riders of the Purple Sage as Henchman Tom Metzger
1924 The Iron Horse as Bauman
1923 The Red Warning as Tom Jeffries
1923 North of Hudson Bay as Armand LeMoir
1923 Shadows of the North as Ray Brent
1923 The Eleventh Hour as Barbara's Uncle
1922 His Back Against the Wall as Arizona Pete
1921 A Daughter of the Law as George Stacey
1919 Behind the Door
1919 The Tiger's Trail

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