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Cornel Wilde (Kornel Lajos Weisz)

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Biography

Prievidza, Hungary [now Slovakia]
Dashing actor Cornel Wilde was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on October 13, 1912, in Prievidza, Hungary (now part of Slovakia), to a Jewish family. He immigrated with his parents and elder sister Edith to New York City in 1920. His family Americanized their names and Kornel took the name Cornelius Louis Wilde. He spent much of his youth traveling in Europe, developing a continental flair as well as an affinity for languages. He received a scholarship for medical school, but turned it down in favor of his new love, the theatre. A natural athlete and a champion fencer with the U.S. Read more...

Actor

Character: Louis Mendoza

High Sierra 1941

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Character: Tom Rossi

Knockout 1941

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Character: Chet Oakley

Kisses for Breakfast 1941

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Character: Freddy Austin

Wintertime 1943

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Character: Richard Harland

Leave Her to Heaven 1945

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Character: Philippe Lascalles

Centennial Summer 1946

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Character: George McKesson / Johnny Blaine

It Had to Be You 1947

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Character: The Great Sebastian

The Greatest Show on Earth 1952

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Character: Maj. John Boulton

The Scarlet Coat 1955

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Character: Nick Jargin

The Devil's Hairpin 1957

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Character: Capt. MacDonald / Narrator

Beach Red 1967

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Character: Himself

M*A*S*H 1972

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Character: Bruce Carlton

Forever Amber 1947

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Character: Himself - Actor

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950

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Character: Dr. John Fletcher

Night Gallery 1969

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Character: George Press

Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963

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Character: Himself

The Dinah Shore Show 1951

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Character: Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup

The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983

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Character: Dr. Mercer Boley

Gargoyles 1972

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Directing

Character: Nick Jargin

The Devil's Hairpin 1957

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Character: Capt. MacDonald / Narrator

Beach Red 1967

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Writing

Character: Nick Jargin

The Devil's Hairpin 1957

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Character: Capt. MacDonald / Narrator

Beach Red 1967

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Composing

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