Jean Hersholt

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Birthday
12, 1886
Birthplace
Denmark
Death Date
Jun 2, 1956 (69)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
12, 1886
Birthplace
Denmark
Death Date
Jun 2, 1956 (69)

About

Danish actor regarded for his 17 years of starring on the radio show Dr. Christian and for his dedication to the film industry. Two of his most famous film roles were as Marcus Schouler in Greed and as Shirley Temple's grandfather in Heidi.

Before Fame

His career in entertainment began in 1906 when he shot two films in Germany before moving to the United States seven years later to shoot every other film he appeared in.

Trivia

He had a notable role as Dr. John Luke in the 1936 film The Country Doctor, which was followed by two sequels.

Family Life

He was married to Via Hersholt from 1914 until he passed away, and he was survived by his two children, Jean Jr. and Allan.

Associated With

His final film role came in 1955, alongside James Cagney in Run for Cover.