Nils Asther
Actor
Nils Asther
Nils Anton Alfhild Asther was a Danish-born Swedish actor active in Hollywood from 1926 to the mid-1950s, known for his beautiful face and often called "the male Greta Garbo". Between 1916 and 1963 he appeared in over 70 feature films, 16 of which were produced in the silent era.
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Silent star Lon Chaney films speak volumes; TCM Summer Under The Stars August 15 - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Typical for Pre-Code filmmaking, limits are pushed when Tito stops his adopted daughter from marrying Count Luigi (Nils Asther) when admits he has feelings for her. Simonetta admits she loves Tito as well, and breaks her engagement
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Norman Kerry is Chaney's rival in both Hunchback and Phantom; Nils Asther plays the other man in Clown. A bit of trivia: Lon Chaney was one of MGM's official five stars in 1925. The other four were Lillian Gish, Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer,
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DVDS; Classic Hobgoblins of Big Screens
NYTimes - over 7 years
HALLOWEEN comes but once a year, a circumstance the home video industry must profoundly regret. Horror film aficionados constitute one of the most dedicated fan bases out there, reliably supporting a healthy, year-round market both in brand new, direct-to-video releases and reissues of classic (and not so classic) titles. And when October rolls
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Critic's Notebook; Early Capra, When He Had An Edge
NYTimes - almost 25 years
FOR many people, Frank Capra will always be Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Clarence the Angel rolled into one, the director who can make grown men cry at "It's a Wonderful Life" and political cynics cheer at "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." I'm more partial to an earlier Capra scene, in which Barbara Stanwyck jumps off a yacht in the wee morning
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Grace Zaring Stone, a Novelist Under Two Names, Dies at 100
NYTimes - over 25 years
Grace Zaring Stone, a novelist who also wrote under the pen name Ethel Vance, died on Sunday at the Mary Elizabeth Nursing Center in Mystic, Conn. She was 100 years old and had lived in Stonington, Conn. Three of Mrs. Stone's novels were made into films: "The Bitter Tea of General Yen," in 1933, which starred Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther;
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Frank Capra, Whose Films Helped America Keep Faith in Itself, Is Dead at 94
NYTimes - over 25 years
Frank Capra, the Academy Award- winning director whose movies were suffused with affectionate portrayals of the common man and the strengths and foibles of American democracy, died yesterday at his home. He was 94 years old and lived in La Quinta, Calif., a suburb of Palm Springs. He died in his sleep, said his son Tom, executive producer of NBC's
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CRITICS' CHOICES; CABLE TV
NYTimes - over 31 years
The cable movie week has variety -comedy, thrillers, opera, family fare, some antique pearls and two premieres of last-year's hits. These are ''All of Me,'' a bright caper with Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin (voted best actor by the N.Y. Film Critics) and ''Country,'' a fervent drama of struggling Iowa farmers with Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard.
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WEEKENDER GUIDE
NYTimes - over 33 years
uf1 Friday VANYA' AT LA MAMA Andrei Serban, the innovative director whose Chekhov productions emphasize the playwright's comic intent, is presenting ''Uncle Vanya'' at LaMama Annex, 74A East Fourth Street, which has been covered in natural pine for the event. The set is on several levels, including a balcony, the audience sits on three sides, and
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NILS ASTHER, 84, LEADING MAN IN HOLLYWOOD IN 20'S AND 30'S
NYTimes - over 35 years
Nils Asther, who was a leading man to such Hollywood film stars of the 20's and 30's as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck and Marion Davies, died Tuesday at a hospital near Stockholm. He was 84 years old. Mr. Asther, who emigrated to Hollywood from his native Sweden in 1926, returned there in 1958. Handsome and dark-haired, and generally
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 84
    Died on October 19, 1981.
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  • 1963
    Age 66
    He managed to get an engagement with a local theatre and had four film roles in Sweden and Denmark, before finally giving up on acting in 1963 and devoting his time to painting.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988 his autobiography, Narrens väg (The Road of the Jester) was posthumously published in Swedish. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Nils Asther has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6705 Hollywood Blvd.
  • 1958
    Age 61
    In 1958 he returned to Sweden, almost destitute.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1940
    Age 43
    He returned to Hollywood in 1940, and although he made another 19 films back up to 1949, his career wasn't the same as it used to be.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1950s he tried to restart his career within TV, but managed only to secure roles in a few episodes of minor TV series.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 38
    Between 1935 and 1940 he was forced work in England after an alleged breach of contract led to a studio-based blacklist.
    More Details Hide Details There he made six films.
  • 1930
    Age 33
    The film also featured the Duncan Sisters, and in 1930 he married one of them, Vivian Duncan, who gave him a daughter, Evelyn.
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  • 1928
    Age 31
    By 1928 his good looks had made him into a leading man, playing opposite such stars as Pola Negri, Marion Davies, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo, with whom he made two films.
    More Details Hide Details He grew a thin mustache which amplified his suave appearance. With the arrival of sound in movies, Asther took voice lessons so as to minimize the presence of his accent, and was generally cast in roles where an accent wasn't a problem, such as the role as Chinese General Yen in The Bitter Tea of General Yen.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 30
    In 1927 he left for Hollywood, where his first film was Topsy and Eva.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 19
    Through her, he received his first theatrical engagement at Lorensbergsteatern in Gothenburg, and in 1916 Mauritz Stiller cast him in The Wings.
    More Details Hide Details This soon lead to a number of film roles in both Sweden, Denmark and Germany between 1918 and 1926.
    Between 1916 and 1963 he appeared in over 70 feature films, 16 of which were produced in the silent era.
    More Details Hide Details Born in Denmark in the Copenhagen suburb of Hellerup to unknown biological parents, Asther was adopted shortly after birth by a wealthy couple in Malmö, Sweden, where he grew up. As a young man he moved to Stockholm, where he received acting lessons from local star Augusta Lindberg, who also became his mistress, although almost 30 years older than he was.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1897
    Age 0
    Born on January 17, 1897.
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