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Eduard Franz (born Eduard Franz Schmidt; October 31, 1902 – February 10, 1987) was an American actor of theatre, film and television. Franz portrayed King Ahab in the 1953 biblical low-budget film Sins of Jezebel, Jethro in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), and Jehoam in Henry Koster's The Story of Ruth (1960). By 1936, Franz was a player on the national stage, performing from coast to coast. He became a leading Broadway actor for nearly 30 years, in such plays as First Stop to Heaven and Embezzled Heaven and Conversation At Midnight. He made his film debut in a bit part, in 1947, in Killer at Large, but followed that brief appearance the next year with a memorable role in the motion picture The Scar (also titled Hollow Triumph). His fourth movie saw him acting with John Wayne in Wake of the Red Witch, in 1948. He portrayed Chief Broken Hand in White Feather. He played such intellectuals as Dr. Stern in The Thing from Another World (1951), a university professor in The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and Justice Louis Brandeis in The Magnificent Yankee (1950), a role he reprised in the 1965 television adaptation. He appeared in a 1957 television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel Beyond This Place, which was directed by Sidney Lumet.

Franz performed as well in two separate remakes of Al Jolson's 1927 cinema classic The Jazz Singer, each time playing the key role of the aged and ailing synagogue cantor upset by his son's decision to pursue a secular show-business career rather than continue the family tradition and follow in his father's religious footsteps. Those remakes were the 1952 film version of the story starring Danny Thomas and the 1959 television version starring Jerry Lewis.

Franz performed in a number of television series, including Gunsmoke; Have Gun - Will Travel; The Law and Mr. Jones; The Barbara Stanwyck Show and Cimarron City. Franz was cast as psychiatric clinic director Dr. Edward Raymer in 30 episodes of the weekly ABC medical drama Breaking Point

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eduard Franz (born Eduard Franz Schmidt; October 31, 1902 – February 10, 1987) was an American actor of theatre, film and television. Franz portrayed King Ahab in the 1953 biblical low-budget film Sins of Jezebel, Jethro in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), and Jehoam in Henry Koster's The Story of Ruth (1960). By 1936, Franz was a player on the national stage, performing from coast to coast. He became a leading Broadway actor for nearly 30 years, in such plays as First Stop to Heaven and Embezzled Heaven and Conversation At Midnight. He made his film debut in a bit part, in 1947, in Killer at Large, but followed that brief appearance the next year with a memorable role in the motion picture The Scar (also titled Hollow Triumph). His fourth movie saw him acting with John Wayne in Wake of the Red Witch, in 1948. He portrayed Chief Broken Hand in White Feather. He played such intellectuals as Dr. Stern in The Thing from Another World (1951), a university professor in The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and Justice Louis Brandeis in The Magnificent Yankee (1950), a role he reprised in the 1965 television adaptation. He appeared in a 1957 television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel Beyond This Place, which was directed by Sidney Lumet.

Franz performed as well in two separate remakes of Al Jolson's 1927 cinema classic The Jazz Singer, each time playing the key role of the aged and ailing synagogue cantor upset by his son's decision to pursue a secular show-business career rather than continue the family tradition and follow in his father's religious footsteps. Those remakes were the 1952 film version of the story starring Danny Thomas and the 1959 television version starring Jerry Lewis.

Franz performed in a number of television series, including Gunsmoke; Have Gun - Will Travel; The Law and Mr. Jones; The Barbara Stanwyck Show and Cimarron City. Franz was cast as psychiatric clinic director Dr. Edward Raymer in 30 episodes of the weekly ABC medical drama Breaking Point

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Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 84

Birthday 1902-10-31

Day of Death 1983-02-10

Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie as Old Man (segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet")
1979 Hart to Hart (2 episodes)
1978 Vega$ (1 episode)
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1973 Adam's Rib (1 episode)
1972 ABC Afterschool Special (1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 The Waltons (2 episodes)
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1971 Johnny Got His Gun as Col. / Gen. Tillery
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (2 episodes)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (2 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 Breaking Point (30 episodes)
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 Hatari! as Doctor Sanderson
1962 Beauty and the Beast
1961 Ben Casey (2 episodes)
1961 Francis of Assisi as Pietro Bernardone
1961 The Fiercest Heart as Hugo Baumon
1960 The Story of Ruth as Jehoam
1959 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake as Jonathan Drake
1959 Startime (1 episode)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1958 Cimarron City (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (2 episodes)
1958 A Certain Smile as M. Vallon
1958 The Last of the Fast Guns as Padre Jose
1958 Day of the Badman as Andrew Owens
1957 Zorro (5 episodes)
1957 DuPont Show of the Month (1 episode) as Dunn
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Man Afraid as Carl Simmons
1957 Panic! (1 episode)
1956 The Ten Commandments as Jethro
1956 The Burning Hills as Jacob Lantz
1956 Three for Jamie Dawn as Anton Karek
1955 The Indian Fighter as Red Cloud
1955 Lady Godiva of Coventry as King Edward
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 The Last Command as Lorenzo de Quesada
1955 White Feather as Chief Broken Hand
1954 Sign of the Pagan as Astrologer
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Broken Lance as Two Moons
1954 Living It Up as Dr. Nassau
1954 Beachhead as Bouchard, French Planter
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 Sins of Jezebel as Ahab
1953 Latin Lovers as Dr. Lionel Y. Newman
1953 Dream Wife as Khan
1953 The Jazz Singer as David Golding
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 Everything I Have Is Yours as Phil Meisner
1952 Cavalcade of America (2 episodes)
1952 One Minute to Zero as Dr. Gustav Engstrand
1952 Shadow in the Sky as The Doctor
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 The Unknown Man as Andrew Jason 'Andy' Layford
1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel as Col. Klaus von Stauffenberg
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (4 episodes)
1951 The Thing from Another World as Dr. Stern
1951 The Great Caruso as Giulio Gatti-Casazza
1950 The Goldbergs as Alexander Abel
1950 The Magnificent Yankee as Judge Louis Brandeis
1950 Emergency Wedding as Dr. Heimer
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1950 Treasury Men in Action (1 episode)
1950 The Vicious Years as Emilio Rossi
1950 Francis as Col. Plepper
1949 Whirlpool as Martin Avery
1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll as Gottfried Steiner
1949 Madame Bovary as Rouault
1949 Outpost in Morocco as Emir of Bel-Rashad
1948 Wake of the Red Witch as Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
1948 Ford Theatre (1 episode)
1948 Hollow Triumph as Frederick Muller
1948 The Iron Curtain as Maj. Semyon Kulin

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