Pedro de Cordoba

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Pedro de Cordoba
Pedro de Cordoba, oval portrait.jpg
Pietro de Cordoba

(1881-09-28)September 28, 1881
New York City, USA
DiedSeptember 16, 1950(1950-09-16) (aged 68)
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Years active1901–1951
Antoinette Glover
(m. 1917; died 1921)

Eleanor M. Nolan
(m. 1928)

Pedro de Cordoba (September 28, 1881 – September 16, 1950) was an American actor.


De Cordoba was born in New York City to parents who were French and Cuban in origin. He was a classically trained theatre actor who confessed he did not enjoy appearing in silent films nearly as much as he liked working on stage, but his career during the silent film era was extensive. His first film was Cecil B. DeMille's version of Carmen (1915), and he soon became a popular leading man in Hollywood. His Broadway career cast him with such stage actresses as Jane Cowl and Katharine Cornell.

Later, his deeply resonant speaking voice made him perfectly suited to talking pictures, and his film career continued, unlike many silent film stars. He enjoyed a career as a busy character actor in Hollywood, from the 1930s through to the end of his life. He was most often cast as aristocratic, or clerical characters of Hispanic origin, as in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), because of his last name as well as his royal bearing. On rare occasions, he would be cast in the role of a villain. His "living skeleton" sideshow character hides fugitive Robert Cummings (and Priscilla Lane) in his carnival wagon overnight in the Alfred Hitchcock film Saboteur (1942).

He was a devout Catholic and was very well read and knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, and served for a time as president of the Catholic Actors Guild of America. The last film in which he appeared, a political drama set in an unnamed South American dictatorship, Crisis (1950), was released shortly after his death.

Selected filmography[edit]

With Marjorie Rambeau in the play Sadie Love (1915), later made into a 1919 film starring Billie Burke.
Pedro de Cordoba, Marion Davies, and Forrest Stanley in a scene still from the 1922 silent drama The Young Diana.
As Antoine in Escape to Paradise (1939)



Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1937 Lux Radio Theatre Madame Butterfly
1946 Hollywood Star Time The Song of Bernadette[1]


  1. ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 41 (2): 32–41. Spring 2015.

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