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Francis Lederer (November 6, 1899 – May 25, 2000) was a Czech-born film and stage actor with a successful career, first in Europe, then in the United States. His original name was František Lederer. Lederer's first American movies were Man of Two Worlds (1934), Romance in Manhattan (1934), with Ginger Rogers, The Gay Deception (1935), with Frances Dee, and One Rainy Afternoon (1936). He was cast as the lead with Katharine Hepburn in the 1935 film Break of Hearts, but the producers replaced him with Charles Boyer. It was Irving Thalberg's plan to make Lederer "the biggest star in Hollywood" but the death of Thalberg ended this possibility.

Although he continued to play leads occasionally – notably when he was a playboy in Mitchell Leisen's Midnight with Claudette Colbert and John Barrymore in 1939 – in the late 1930s Lederer began to expand his character parts, even playing villains. Edward G. Robinson praised Lederer's performance as a German American Bundist in Confessions of a Nazi Spy in 1939, and he earned plaudits for his portrayal of a fascist in The Man I Married (1940) with Joan Bennett. He also played Count Dracula for The Return of Dracula in 1958. Throughout his career, Lederer, who studied with Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York City, continued to take stage acting seriously, and he performed often both in New York and elsewhere. He appeared in stage productions of Golden Boy (1937), Seventh Heaven (1939), No Time for Comedy (1939), in which he replaced Laurence Olivier, The Play's the Thing (1942), A Doll's House (1944), Arms and the Man (1950), The Sleeping Prince (1956) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1958).

Although he took a break from making films in 1941, in order to concentrate on his stage work, he returned to the silver screen in 1944, appearing in Voice in the Wind and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and in films such as Jean Renoir's The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946) and Million Dollar Weekend (1948). He took another break from Hollywood in 1950, after making Surrender (1950), and returned in 1956 with Lisbon and the light comedy The Ambassador's Daughter. His final film appearance was in Terror Is a Man in 1959. During the 1950s, he served as honorary mayor of Canoga Park.

He would continue to make television appearances for the next 10 years in such shows as Sally, The Untouchables, Ben Casey, Blue Light, Mission: Impossible and That Girl. His final television appearance occurred in a 1971 episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery called "The Devil Is Not Mocked". In it, he reprised his role as Dracula from The Return of Dracula.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Francis Lederer (November 6, 1899 – May 25, 2000) was a Czech-born film and stage actor with a successful career, first in Europe, then in the United States. His original name was František Lederer. Lederer's first American movies were Man of Two Worlds (1934), Romance in Manhattan (1934), with Ginger Rogers, The Gay Deception (1935), with Frances Dee, and One Rainy Afternoon (1936). He was cast as the lead with Katharine Hepburn in the 1935 film Break of Hearts, but the producers replaced him with Charles Boyer. It was Irving Thalberg's plan to make Lederer "the biggest star in Hollywood" but the death of Thalberg ended this possibility.

Although he continued to play leads occasionally – notably when he was a playboy in Mitchell Leisen's Midnight with Claudette Colbert and John Barrymore in 1939 – in the late 1930s Lederer began to expand his character parts, even playing villains. Edward G. Robinson praised Lederer's performance as a German American Bundist in Confessions of a Nazi Spy in 1939, and he earned plaudits for his portrayal of a fascist in The Man I Married (1940) with Joan Bennett. He also played Count Dracula for The Return of Dracula in 1958. Throughout his career, Lederer, who studied with Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York City, continued to take stage acting seriously, and he performed often both in New York and elsewhere. He appeared in stage productions of Golden Boy (1937), Seventh Heaven (1939), No Time for Comedy (1939), in which he replaced Laurence Olivier, The Play's the Thing (1942), A Doll's House (1944), Arms and the Man (1950), The Sleeping Prince (1956) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1958).

Although he took a break from making films in 1941, in order to concentrate on his stage work, he returned to the silver screen in 1944, appearing in Voice in the Wind and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and in films such as Jean Renoir's The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946) and Million Dollar Weekend (1948). He took another break from Hollywood in 1950, after making Surrender (1950), and returned in 1956 with Lisbon and the light comedy The Ambassador's Daughter. His final film appearance was in Terror Is a Man in 1959. During the 1950s, he served as honorary mayor of Canoga Park.

He would continue to make television appearances for the next 10 years in such shows as Sally, The Untouchables, Ben Casey, Blue Light, Mission: Impossible and That Girl. His final television appearance occurred in a 1971 episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery called "The Devil Is Not Mocked". In it, he reprised his role as Dracula from The Return of Dracula.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 53

Birthday 1899-11-06

Day of Death 2000-05-25

Place of Birth Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now Czech Republic]

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Also Known As

  • Franz Lederer
  • František Lederer

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1996 100 Years of Horror: The Count and Company as Himself
1996 A Century of Science Fiction as Himself
1976 Memories of Berlin: Twilight of Weimar Culture
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1966 Blue Light (1 episode)
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey (2 episodes)
1959 Terror Is a Man as Dr. Charles Girard
1958 Behind Closed Doors (1 episode)
1958 Maracaibo as Miguel Orlando
1958 The Return of Dracula as Count Dracula
1956 Lisbon as Seraphim
1956 The Ambassador's Daughter as Prince Nicholas Obelski
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1953 Stolen Identity as Claude Manelli
1952 Abenteuer in Wien as Claude Manelli
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Surrender as Henry Vaan
1950 A Woman of Distinction as Prof. Paul Simone
1950 Captain Carey, U.S.A. as Baron Rocco de Greffi
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Million Dollar Weekend as Alan Marker
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)
1946 The Madonna's Secret as James Harlan Corbin
1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid as Joseph
1944 Voice in the Wind as Jan Volny / El Hombre
1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey as Esteban / Manuel
1941 Puddin' Head as Prince Karl
1940 The Man I Married as Eric Hoffman
1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Kurt Schneider
1939 Midnight as Jacques Picot
1938 The Lone Wolf in Paris as Michael Lanyard
1937 It's All Yours as Jimmy Barnes
1936 My American Wife as Count Ferdinand von und zu Reidenach
1936 One Rainy Afternoon as Philippe Martin
1935 Starlit Days at the Lido
1935 The Gay Deception as Sandro
1935 Romance in Manhattan as Karel Novak
1934 The Pursuit of Happiness as Max Christmann
1934 Man of Two Worlds as Aigo
1933 Her Majesty Love as Fred von Wellingen
1931 Das Schicksal der Renate Langen as Gerd
1930 The Great Longing as Himself
1930 Der Detektiv des Kaisers as Dr. Wolfgang Crusius
1929 Maman Colibri as Georges de Chambry
1929 The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna as Lt. Michael Rostof
1929 Pandora's Box as Alwa Schön
1928 Die seltsame Nacht der Helga Wangen as Werner Hilsoe

Directing

1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)Director

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