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Carl Henry Vogt (February 19, 1895 – May 12, 1956), known professionally as Louis Calhern, was an American stage and screen actor. For portraying Oliver Wendell Holmes in the film The Magnificent Yankee (1950), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Calhern began working in silent films for director Lois Weber in the early 1920s; the most notable being The Blot in 1921. A 1921 newspaper article commented, "The new arrival in stardom is Louis Calhern, who, until Miss Weber engaged him to enact the leading male role in What's Worth While?, had been playing leads in the Morosco Stock company of Los Angeles."

In 1923 Calhern left the movies, but would return to the screen eight years later after the advent of sound pictures. He was primarily cast as a character actor in films while he continued to play leading roles on the stage. He reached his peak in the 1950s as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player. Among his many memorable screen roles were Ambassador Trentino in the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup (1933) and three that he appeared in at MGM in 1950: a singing role as Buffalo Bill in the film version of the musical Annie Get Your Gun, the double-crossing lawyer and sugar-daddy to Marilyn Monroe in John Huston's film noir The Asphalt Jungle, and his Oscar-nominated performance as Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Magnificent Yankee (re-creating his role from the Broadway stage). He was also praised for his portrayal of the title role in the John Houseman production of Julius Caesar (adapted from the Shakespeare play) in 1953, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Calhern also played the role of the devious George Caswell, the manipulative board member of Tredway Corporation in the 1954 production of Executive Suite.

Calhern's other film roles included the grandfather in The Red Pony (1949), adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck and starring Robert Mitchum, and the spy boss of Cary Grant in the Alfred Hitchcock suspense classic Notorious (1946). A performance as Uncle Willie in High Society (1956), a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, turned out to be his final film. Description above from the Wikipedia article Louis Calhern, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Carl Henry Vogt (February 19, 1895 – May 12, 1956), known professionally as Louis Calhern, was an American stage and screen actor. For portraying Oliver Wendell Holmes in the film The Magnificent Yankee (1950), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Calhern began working in silent films for director Lois Weber in the early 1920s; the most notable being The Blot in 1921. A 1921 newspaper article commented, "The new arrival in stardom is Louis Calhern, who, until Miss Weber engaged him to enact the leading male role in What's Worth While?, had been playing leads in the Morosco Stock company of Los Angeles."

In 1923 Calhern left the movies, but would return to the screen eight years later after the advent of sound pictures. He was primarily cast as a character actor in films while he continued to play leading roles on the stage. He reached his peak in the 1950s as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player. Among his many memorable screen roles were Ambassador Trentino in the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup (1933) and three that he appeared in at MGM in 1950: a singing role as Buffalo Bill in the film version of the musical Annie Get Your Gun, the double-crossing lawyer and sugar-daddy to Marilyn Monroe in John Huston's film noir The Asphalt Jungle, and his Oscar-nominated performance as Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Magnificent Yankee (re-creating his role from the Broadway stage). He was also praised for his portrayal of the title role in the John Houseman production of Julius Caesar (adapted from the Shakespeare play) in 1953, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Calhern also played the role of the devious George Caswell, the manipulative board member of Tredway Corporation in the 1954 production of Executive Suite.

Calhern's other film roles included the grandfather in The Red Pony (1949), adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck and starring Robert Mitchum, and the spy boss of Cary Grant in the Alfred Hitchcock suspense classic Notorious (1946). A performance as Uncle Willie in High Society (1956), a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, turned out to be his final film. Description above from the Wikipedia article Louis Calhern, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 70

Birthday 1895-02-19

Day of Death 1956-05-12

Place of Birth Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Carl Henry Vogt
  • Louis Calhearn

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1956 High Society as Uncle Willie
1956 Forever, Darling as Charles Y. Bewell
1955 The Prodigal as Nahreeb
1955 Blackboard Jungle as Jim Murdock
1954 Athena as Grandpa Ulysses Mulvain
1954 Betrayed as Gen. Ten Eyck
1954 The Student Prince as King of Karlsberg
1954 Men of the Fighting Lady as James A. Michener
1954 Executive Suite as George Nyle Caswell
1954 Rhapsody as Nicholas Durant
1953 Main Street to Broadway as Himself
1953 Latin Lovers as Grandfather Eduardo Santos
1953 Julius Caesar as Julius Caesar
1953 Remains to Be Seen as Benjamin Goodman
1953 Confidentially Connie as Opie Bedloe
1952 The Bad and the Beautiful as Georgia Lorrison's Father (voice only)
1952 The Prisoner of Zenda as Col. Zapt
1952 Washington Story as Charles W. Birch
1952 We're Not Married! as Frederick C. 'Freddie' Melrose
1952 Invitation as Simon Bowker
1951 The Man with a Cloak as Charles Theverner
1950 The Magnificent Yankee as Oliver Wendell Holmes
1950 Devil's Doorway as Verne Coolan
1950 A Life of Her Own as Jim Leversoe
1950 The Asphalt Jungle as Alonzo D. Emmerich
1950 Annie Get Your Gun as Col. Buffalo Bill Cody
1950 Nancy Goes to Rio as Gregory Elliott
1950 Two Weeks with Love as Horatio Robinson
1949 The Red Danube as Colonel Piniev
1949 The Red Pony as Grandfather
1948 Arch of Triumph as 'Col.' Boris Morosov
1946 Notorious as Captain Paul Prescott
1944 Up in Arms as Colonel Ashley
1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey as Don Andre - The Viceroy
1943 Nobody's Darling as Curtis Farnsworth
1943 Heaven Can Wait as Randolph Van Cleve
1940 I Take This Woman as Dr. Martin Sumner Duveen
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as Dr. Brockdorf
1939 Charlie McCarthy, Detective as Arthur Aldrich
1939 5th Ave Girl as Dr. Kessler
1939 Juarez as LeMarc
1938 Fast Company as Elias Z. 'Eli' Bannerman
1937 The Life of Emile Zola as Major Dort
1937 Her Husband Lies as Joe Sorrell
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy as Sunderland
1935 The Last Days of Pompeii as Prefect Allus Martius
1935 Woman Wanted as Smiley
1935 The Arizonian as Sheriff Jake Mannen
1934 Sweet Adeline as Major Jim Day
1934 The Count of Monte Cristo as De Villefort Jr.
1934 The Affairs of Cellini as Ottaviano
1934 The Man with Two Faces as Stanley Vance
1933 Duck Soup as Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania
1933 Diplomaniacs as Winkelreid
1933 The World Gone Mad as Christopher Bruno
1933 Strictly Personal as Jack Magruder
1933 The Woman Accused as Leo Young
1932 Frisco Jenny as Steve Dutton
1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing as Joe Finn
1932 Merry-Go-Round as Asst. District Attorney John Wade
1932 They Call It Sin as Ford Humphries
1932 Night After Night as Dick Bolton
1932 Okay, America! as Mileaway Russell
1931 Blonde Crazy as 'Dapper Dan' Barker
1931 The Road to Singapore as Dr. George March
1931 Stolen Heaven as Steve Perry
1921 The Blot as Phil West
1921 Too Wise Wives as David Graham
1921 What's Worth While?

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