Eduard Franz

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Eduard Franz
Eduard Franz-Paul Henreid in Hollow Triumph.jpg
Eduard Franz (left)
Born Eduard Franz Schmidt
(1902-10-31)October 31, 1902
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died February 10, 1983(1983-02-10) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place
Cremation
Occupation Actor
Years active 1948–1983

Eduard Franz (born Eduard Franz Schmidt; October 31, 1902 – February 10, 1983) was an American actor of theater, film, and television.[1] 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[edit]

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.

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. In 1961, 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.[2] About that same time, he appeared on NBC's anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show and on the NBC western Cimarron City.

In 1963, Franz was cast as psychiatric clinic director Dr. Edward Raymer in thirty episodes of the weekly ABC medical drama Breaking Point with co-star Paul Richards.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
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
Madame Bovary Rouault
Oh, You Beautiful Doll Gottfried Steiner
Whirlpool (film) Martin Avery
1950 Francis Colonel Pepper
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
1953 Three Lives
Cavalcade of America Samuel Morse Episodes "Mightier Than the Sword" and "What God Hath Wrought"
Dream Wife Khan
Latin Lovers 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"
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)

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