Francis Lederer

Born Nov 6, 1899
Hometown Bohemia
Died May 25, 2000
Death Place Palm Springs, Cal...
Religion Jewish
Height 6' (183 cm)
Weight 170 lbs (77.1 kg)...

Francis Lederer was a film and stage actor with a successful career, first in Europe, then in the United States.

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1899 Birth Born on November 6, 1899.


1931 31 Years Old In 1931, Lederer was in London to perform on stage in Volpone and the next year in Autumn Crocus by Dodie Smith, which he then performed on Broadway – using the name "Francis" – where it played for 210 performances in 1932 and 1933. … Read More
1935 35 Years Old He won the lead opposite Katharine Hepburn in the 1935 film Break of Hearts, but the producers replaced him with Charles Boyer. … Read More
1939 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Although he continued to occasionally play leads – notably when he was a playboy in Billy Wilder's Midnight with Claudette Colbert and John Barrymore in 1939 – in the late 1930s Lederer began to expand his film acting repertoire with offbeat character parts, even playing villains.


1941 41 Years Old Although he took a break from making films in 1941, in order to concentrate on his stage work, he returned to the silver screen in 1944, appearing in Voice in the Wind and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and in films such as Jean Renoir's The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946), Million Dollar Weekend (1948).


1950 50 Years Old He took another break from Hollywood in 1950, after making Surrender (1950), and returned once more in 1956 with Lisbon and the light comedy The Ambassador's Daughter.
1959 59 Years Old His final film appearance was in Terror Is a Man in 1959.


1971 71 Years Old He would continue to make television appearances for the next ten years in such shows as Sally, The Untouchables, Ben Casey, Mission: Impossible and That Girl. His final television appearance occurred in a 1971 episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery called The Devil Is Not Mocked. … Read More
2000 100 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, he was honored by the Austrian government with the Cross of Honor for Science and Arts, First Class. … Read More
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