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Louis Wolheim
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Actor
    (March 28, 1880-February 18, 1931)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Appeared in the films ‘The Brand of Cowardice’ (1916), ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ (1920), ‘Orphans of the Storm’ (1921), ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (1922), ‘The Uninvited Guest’ (1924), ‘America’ (1924), ‘Two Arabian Knights’ (1927), ‘The Racket’ (1928), ‘Condemned’ (1929), ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1930), and ‘The Sin Ship’ (1931)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘The Jest’ (1919-20), ‘The Broken Wing (1920-21), ‘The Hairy Ape’ (1922), and ‘What Price Glory?’ (1925)
    While in Mexico working as a mining engineer, he was jailed overnight after getting into a fight with a Mexican soldier (1911).
    Adolphe Menjou said he had ‘a face that looked as though it had been run over by a truck.’
    Because of his broken nose, he was typecast as villains and thugs.
    He earned an engineering degree from Cornell and tutored mathematics there for six years.
    He was fluent in French, Spanish, German, and Yiddish.
    He took up acting after Lionel Barrymore told him, ‘With that face, you could make a fortune in the theater.’
    He considered getting a nose job to expand the types of roles he was offered, but United Artists took out an injunction to stop him.

Credit: C. Fishel


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