Louis Calhern Biography

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school there that he was spotted by a representative of a touring acting troupe and hired as an actor. He returned to New York to work in the theater, but his career was interrupted by military service in France in World War I. He returned to the stage after the war, and eventually broke into films. Although his regal bearing would seem to pigeonhole him in aristocratic parts in serious drama, he proved to be a very versatile actor, as much at home playing a comic foil to The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup (1933) as he was as Buffalo Bill to Betty Hutton's Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (1950) or, most memorably, the lawyer involved with the criminal gang in The Asphalt Jungle (1950). Married four times, he was in Tokyo, Japan, filming The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Asphalt Jungle Alonzo D. Emmerich 1950 Crime
Executive Suite 1954 Drama
High Society Uncle Willie 1956 Comedy
... Sings... Joe Finn 2012 Music
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Blonde Crazy Dapper Dan Barker 1931 0, Comedy
20,000 Years in Sing Sing Joe Finn 1932 Crime, Drama
The Woman Accused 1933 Drama
The World Gone Mad 1933 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duck Soup Trentino 1933 Comedy, Musical
The Last Days of Pompeii 1935 Adventure, Drama, History
The Gorgeous Hussy 1936 Drama, History
The Life of Emile Zola 1937 Drama
I Take This Woman 1940 Drama
The Magnificent Yankee 1950
The Asphalt Jungle Alonzo D. Emmerich 1950 Comedy, 0, Game Show
Nancy Goes to Rio 1950 Comedy, Musical
Annie Get Your Gun Col. Buffalo Bill Cody 1950 Comedy, Family
The Man with a Cloak Thevent 1951
Rhapsody Nicholas Durant 1954
The Student Prince King of Karlsburg 1954
Executive Suite 1954 Drama
Blackboard Jungle 1955 Drama
The Prodigal 1955 Drama
Forever, Darling 1956 Fantasy, Comedy
High Society Uncle Willie 1956 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Arch of Triumph 1985 0, Biography
Notorious 2009 0