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Eduard Franz (left)
|Born||Eduard Franz Schmidt
October 31, 1902
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||February 10, 1987
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Illness|
Eduard Franz (born Eduard Franz Schmidt; October 31, 1902 – February 10, 1987) was an American actor of theatre, film and television. Franz portrayed King Ahab in the 1953 biblical low-budget film Sins of Jezebel, Jethro in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), and Jehoam in Henry Koster's The Story of Ruth (1960).
Life and career
Franz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a leading Broadway actor for nearly 20 years, in such plays as First Stop to Heaven and Embezzled Heaven, before making his film debut opposite John Wayne in Wake of the Red Witch in 1948. He portrayed Chief Broken Hand in White Feather. He played such intellectuals as Dr. Stern in The Thing (From Another Planet) (1951), a university professor in The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), and Justice Louis Brandeis in The Magnificent Yankee. He appeared in a 1957 television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, Beyond This Place, which was directed by Sidney Lumet.
Franz appeared in two separate remakes of Al Jolson's 1927 cinema classic The Jazz Singer, each time playing the key role of the aged and ailing synagogue cantor upset by his son's decision to pursue a secular show-business career rather than continue the family tradition and follow in his father's religious footsteps - the 1952 film version of the story starring Danny Thomas and the 1959 television version starring Jerry Lewis.
In 1956, he guest starred with Joan Fontaine in the episode "The De Santre Story" of the NBC anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show. By 1958, he was in the second season of Zorro, playing the role of Señor Gregorio Verdugo. He guest starred as Jules Silberg in the 1960 episode "The Test" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson, with June Allyson portraying the role of Ruth Taylor.
In 1961, Franz and Scott Marlowe guest starred in the episode "The Duke of Texas" of CBS's western series Have Gun - Will Travel, with Richard Boone, as two Austrians involved in intrigue in the days of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. Also, in that same year, Franz guest starred as Gustave Helmer in the ABC legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones with James Whitmore in the title role and Jack Mullaney as a second guest star. About that same time, he appeared on NBC's anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show and on the NBC western Cimarron City.
|1948||The Iron Curtain||Maj. Semyon Kulin|
|Hollow Triumph||Frederick Muller|
|Wake of the Red Witch||Harmenszoon Van Schreeven|
|1949||Outpost in Morocco||Emir of Bel-Rashad|
|Oh, You Beautiful Doll||Gottfried Steiner|
|Whirlpool (film)||Martin Avery|
|The Vicious Years||Emilio Rossi|
|Emergency Wedding||Doctor Heimer|
|The Du Pont Story||Eleuthère Irénée du Pont|
|The Magnificent Yankee||Judge Louis Brandeis|
|The Goldbergs||Alexander 'Abie' Abel|
|1951||The Thing from Another World||Doctor Stern|
|The Great Caruso||Giulio Gatti-Casazza|
|The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel||Colonel Klaus von Stauffenberg|
|The Unknown Man||Andrew Jason 'Andy' Layford|
|1952||Shadow in the Sky||The Doctor|
|One Minute to Zero||Dr. Gustav Engstrand|
|Because You're Mine||Albert Parkson Foster|
|Everything I Have Is Yours||Phil Meisner|
|The Jazz Singer||Cantor David Golding|
|Cavalcade of America||Samuel Morse||Episodes "Mightier Than the Sword" and "What God Hath Wrought"|
|Latin Lovers (1953 film)||Doctor Lionel Y. Newman|
|Sins of Jezebel||King Ahab|
|1954||Beachhead||Bouchard, French Planter|
|Living It Up||Doctor Nassau|
|Broken Lance||Two Moons|
|Treasury Men in Action||Ed Emery||Episode "The Case of the Man Outside"|
|Sign of the Pagan||Astrologer|
|1955||White Feather (1955 film)||Chief Broken Hand|
|The Ford Television Theatre||Paul||Episode "Tomorrow We'll Love"|
|The Last Command||Lorenzo de Quesada|
|Lux Video Theatre||Emil||Episodes "Return to Alsace" and "The Last Confession"|
|Lady Godiva of Coventry||King Edward|
|The Indian Fighter||Red Cloud|
|1956||Casablanca||Ben Hassan||Episode "The Alley"|
|Three for Jamie Dawn||Anton Karek|
|The Burning Hills||Jacob Lantz - Tracker|
|The Ten Commandments||Jethro|
|The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial||De Santre||Episode "The De Santre Story"|
|1957||Crossroads||Episode "Weekend Minister"|
|Wagon Train||Dr. Rand, Les Rand's Father||Episode "The Les Rand Story" October 16, 1957|
|1959||The Jazz Singer||Cantor Rabinowitz||Episode of Lincoln-Mercury Startime, October 13, 1959|
|1960||The Story of Ruth||Jehoam|
|Gunsmoke||Amos Cartwright||Episode 1.23 "Indian Scout"|
|1961||Francis of Assisi||Pietro Bernardone|
|1962||Stoney Burke||Terry Meade||Episode: "Child of Luxury"|
|1966||The Fugitive (TV series)||Episode: "94"|
The Waltons - The Collision (Season 4, Ep. 24) and The Courtship (Season 1, Ep. 18)
- "Eduard Franz | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
- IMDB, The Law and Mr. Jones: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1102769/
- Special Collections Manuscripts - Margaret Herrick Library - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences