Date of Birth: 03/22/1896
Place of birth: Vienna
Shildkraut Josef was born in Vienna in the family theater actor Rudolf Shildkrauta. In the early 1900s he moved to the United States, where he made a career on Broadway, appearing in numerous successful productions, the most notable of which was the play of Henrik Ibsen`s "Peer Gynt". In 1915, the actor made his debut on the big screen, starring in the next fifteen years, two dozen silent films, including "The Orphan of the storm" (1922) DW Griffith and "King of Kings," Cecil B. DeMille, where Shildkraut played Judas Iscariot .
Since the beginning of the sound era, Joseph Shildkraut successfully went on to appear on the big screen. In 1937 he won the award "Oscar" in the category "Best Actor" for his role in the film "The Life of Emile Zola". Of the subsequent roles were his most prominent appearance in the film "Marie Antoinette" (1938) with Norma Shearer in the title role, and "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1939). In 1959 Shildkraut was nominated for the "Golden Globe" for the role of Otto Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank."
Since the beginning of the 1950s, the actor began to appear regularly on television, where in 1963 he was nominated for the "Emmy" for his role vteledrame "Sam Benedict".
Joseph Shildkraut was married three times. With his first wife he divorced in 1930, the second died in 1962, and he lived with a third less than a year after the wedding, and he died in January 1964 of a heart attack. For his contribution to the film industry actor honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Oscar 1938 - "Best Actor" ( "The Life of Emile Zola")