He was presented with the inaugural Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in the two films The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command.
Some of his earliest film roles were for the pictures Othello and The Last Laugh. He started as a stage actor.
He later worked on several Nazi propaganda films.
He married and divorced three times to three ladies named Hanna Ralph, Lucie Hoflich, and Gussy Holl.
He was an Academy Award winning actor like Matthew McConaughey.