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Jean Hersholt ACTOR

Jean Hersholt was born on July 12th, 1886 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  His family was very involved in show business and as a young boy he would tour and perform with them. 
After graduating from the Copenhagen Art School he continued to gain experience as a stage actor.  Soon, Hersholt set his mind on film acting and first began with appearing in two short silent films in Germany before he decided if he really wanted to make anything of his film career, he needed to relocate to the United States.
In 1914, he arrived in Hollywood and found work as a movie extra for a number of years before he began receiving more substantial film roles.  He was seen on the big screen in such silent films as, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921), "Man of the Forest" (1921), "Heart's Haven" (1922), "The Stranger's Banquet" (122) and "Jazzmania" (1923). 
He was becoming a leading actor in the industry and became most well know for his role in the film, "Greed" (1924).  He never limited himself to working with just one studio, he did films with paramount and Samuel Goldwyn among others.
When the silent era came to an end he made the transition to sound films with ease.  He was seen on the big screen in such features as, "The Climax" (1930), "Grand Hotel" (1932), "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932), "Dinner at Eight" (1933), "One in a Million" (1936) and "Heidi" (1937).  
Along with working as a film actor he began doing some radio work as well.  Another role he is well remembered by is playing Dr. Christian in the films, "The Country Doctor" (1936) and "Five of a Kind" (1938).  Then between 1939 and 1941 he starred in six Dr. Christian films.  His last known role was on the television series, "Dr. Christian" (1956). 
In addition to his acting credits he was also a writer and wrote a number of articles about Anderson and literary pursuits such as co-writing a novel based on his Dr. Christian role.  
He was also a very charitable man contributing to, The Motion Picture Fund which helped support industry employees with medical care and helped fund the creation of a hospital.  All this lead up to the creation of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award which is given to a deserving individual at the Academy Awards as a special Oscar.
In addition to everything else he was involved in, Hersholt also served as President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences between 1945 and 1949.
He received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Radio and Motion Pictures.   
Jean Hersholt married only once to Via Hersholt in 1914 and they had two children together and remained married until he passed away from cancer on June 2nd, 1956.  His remains are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale, California.        


1956   Dr. Christian 
1955   Run for Cover
1951   It's a Big Country
1949   Dancing in the Dark
1941   They Meet Again
1941   Melody for Three
1940   Dr. Christian Meets the Women
1940   The Courageous Dr. Christian
1940   Remedy for Riches
1939   Meet Dr. Christian
1939   Mr. Moto in Danger Island
1938   Five of a Kind
1938   I'll Give a Million
1938   Alexander's Ragtime Band
1938   Happy Landing
1937   Heidi
1937   Seventh Heaven
1936   One in a Million
1936   Reunion
1936   His Brother's Wife
1936   Sins of Man 
1936   The Country Doctor
1936   Tough Guy
1935   Murder in the Fleet
1935   Break of Hearts
1935   Mark of the Vampire
1934   The Painted Veil 
1934   The Fountain
1934   Men in White
1934   The Cat and the Fiddle
1933   Christopher Bean 
1933   Dinner at Eight
1933   Song of the Eagle
1933   The Crime of the Century
1932   Flesh
1932   The Mask of Fu Manchu
1932   Hearts of Humanity
1932   Skyscraper Souls
1932   Unashamed
1932   New Morals for Old
1932   Night Court
1932   Grand Hotel
1932   Are You Listening? 
1932   The Beast of the City
1932   Emma
1931   Private Lives
1931   The Sin of Madelon Claudet
1931   The Phantom of Paris
1931   Transatlantic
1931   Daybreak
1931   The Voice of Hollywood No. 7
1930   Viennese Nights
1930   The Third Alarm
1930   The Cat Creeps
1930   A Soldier's Plaything
1930   East Is West
1930   Hell Harbor
1930   Mamba
1930   The Case of Sergeant Grischa
1930   The Climax
1929   Modern Love
1929   The Younger Generation
1929   Girl on the Barge
1928   Give and Take
1928   Jazz Mad
1928   The Battle of the Sexes
1928   Abie's Irish Rose
1928   The Secret Hour
1928   13 Washington Square
1927   The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
1927   Alias the Deacon
1927   The Wrong Mr. Wright
1926   The Old Soak
1926   Flames
1926   It Must Be Love
1926   My Old Dutch
1926   The Greater Glory
1925   Stella Dallas
1925   A Woman's Faith 
1925   Don Q Son of Zorro
1925   If Marriage Fails
1925   Fifth Avenue Models
1925   Dangerous Innocence
1924   So Big
1924   Cheap Kisses
1924   Greed
1924   Her Night of Romance
1924   The Woman on the Jury
1924   The Goldfish
1924   Torment
1923   Red Lights
1923   Quicksands
1923   Jazzmania
1922   The Strangers' Banquet
1922   Tess of the Storm Country
1922   Heart's Haven
1922   When Romance Rides
1921   Man of the Forest
1921   A Certain Rich Man
1921   The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
1921   The Servant in the House 
1920   The Deceiver
1920   The Golden Trail
1920   Merely Mary Ann 
1920   The Red Lane
1919   In the Land of the Setting Sun
1919   Love's Prisoner
1919   Whom the Gods Would Destroy
1918   The Answer
1918   Madame Spy
1917   Princess Virtue
1917   '49-'17
1917   A Stormy Knight
1917   The Show Down
1917   The Soul Herder (short)
1917   The Greater Law
1917   The Gunman's Gospel
1917   The Townsend Divorce Case
1917   Her Primitive Man
1917   The Clash of Steel
1917   Perils of the Secret Service
1917   The Saintly Sinner
1917   The Terror
1917   Love Aflame
1917   Fighting for Love
1917   Black Orchids
1916   Scratched
1916   Kinkaid, Gambler
1916   It's All Wrong
1916   As the Candle Burned 
1916   Some Medicine Man 
1916   The Apostle of Vengeance
1916   The Aryan
1916   Hell's Hinges
1916   Bullets and Brown Eyes
1916   The Desert
1915   The Disciple
1915   Never Again
1906   En ny hat til Madammen
1906   Konfirmanden på Frederiksberg el
1905   Et Opløb på Frederiksberg

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Matinee Classics - Mark of the Vampire starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Jean Hersholt, Henry Wadsworth, Donald Meek, Jessie Ralph, Ivan Simpson, Franklyn Ardell, Leila Bennett, June Bittelson, Carol Borland, Holmes Herbert and Michael Visaroff
Matinee Classics - Meet Dr. Christian starring Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Robert Baldwin, Enid Bennett, Paul Harvey, Marcia Mae Jones, Jackie Moran, Maude Eburne and Frank Coghlan Jr.
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Matinee Classics - Remedy for Riches starring Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Edgar Kennedy, Maude Eburne, Walter Catlett, Robert Baldwin, Warren Hull and Jed Prouty
Matinee Classics - The Courageous Dr. Christian starring Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Robert Baldwin, Tom Neal, Maude Eburne, Vera Lewis, George Meader and Bobby Larson

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