Louis Calhern

Louis Calhern (February 19, 1895 - May 12, 1956) was an American stage and screen actor. Louis Calhern was born Carl Henry Vogt on February 19, 1895 in Brooklyn. His family left New York while he was still a child and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he grew up. While playing high school football, a stage manager from a touring theatrical stock company spotted him, and hired him as a bit player. Just prior to World War I, Calhern decided to move back to New York to pursue an acting career. He began as a prop boy and bit player with touring companies and burlesque companies. His burgeoning career was interrupted by the war and he served overseas in the military during World War I. He became a matinee idol by virtue of a play titled Cobra, and soon began to act in films. He started working in silent films for director Lois Weber in the early 1920s; the most notable being The Blot in 1921. In 1923 he left film, but would come back eight years later; a little while after movies started talking ;primarily cast as a character actor in Hollywood, while he continued to play leading roles on stage. He reached his peak in the 1950s as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player.


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