Oscar Actors: Calhern, Louis–Magnificent Yankee

Born Carl Henry Vogt February 16, 1895 in New York City, Louis Calhern died in 1956.

Tall leading man of Hollywood silents of the early 1920s, Calhern is best remembered for his powerful character roles in MGM films of the 1950s, such as the criminal mastermind in “The Asphalt Jungle,” as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in “The Magnificent Yankee,” and as Caesar in “Julius Caesar.”

He also made numerous Broadway appearances.

Calhern was married to screen actress Ilka Chase, Julia Hoyt, Natalie Schafer, and Marianne Stewart. He died of a heart attack in Tokyo during the filming of The Marlon Brando vehicle, “The Teahouse of the August Moon.”