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Fredric March

Filmography

1921      

The Great Adventure

Paying the Piper

The Education of Elizabeth

The Devil

 

1929      

The Dummy

The Wild Party

The Studio Murder Mystery

Paris Bound

Jealousy

Footlights and Fools

The Marriage Playground

 

1930      

Sarah and Son

Paramount on Parade

Ladies Love Brutes

True to the Navy

Manslaughter

Laughter

The Royal Family of Broadway

 

1931      

Honor Among Lovers

The Night Angel

My Sin

 

1932      

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Strangers in Love

Merrily We Go to Hell

Make Me a Star

Smilin’ Through

The Sign of the Cross

Hollywood on Parade No. A-1

 

1933      

Tonight Is Ours

The Eagle and the Hawk

Design for Living

 

1934      

All of Me

Death Takes a Holiday

Good Dame

The Affairs of Cellini

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

We Live Again

Hollywood on Parade No. B-6

 

1935      

Les Misérables

Anna Karenina

The Dark Angel

Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 11

 

1936      

The Road to Glory

Mary of Scotland

Anthony Adverse

Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 3

 

1937      

A Star Is Born

Nothing Sacred

Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 5

 

1938      

The Buccaneer

There Goes My Heart

Trade Winds

 

1939      

The 400 Million

 

1940      

Susan and God

Victory

Lights Out in Europe

 

1941      

So Ends Our Night

One Foot in Heaven

Bedtime Story

 

1942      

I Married a Witch

Lake Carrier

 

1944      

Valley of the Tennessee

The Adventures of Mark Twain

Tomorrow, the World!

 

1946      

The Best Years of Our Lives

 

1948      

Another Part of the Forest

An Act of Murder

 

1949      

Christopher Columbus

 

1950      

The Titan: Story of Michelangelo

 

1951      

It’s a Big Country

Death of a Salesman

 

1953      

Man on a Tightrope

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

 

1954      

Executive Suite

 

1955      

The Desperate Hours

 

1956      

Alexander the Great

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Island of Allah

 

1959      

Middle of the Night

 

1960      

Inherit the Wind

 

1961      

The Young Doctors

 

1962      

I Sequestrati di Altona (The Condemned of Altona)

 

1964      

Seven Days in May

 

1967      

Hombre

 

1970      

…tick…tick…tick…

 

1973      

The Iceman Cometh

Awards

Fredric March was nominated for five Academy Award for Best Actor for The Royal Family of Broadway (1930), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) (Tied with Wallace Beery for The Champ (1931)), A Star Is Born (1937), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Death of a Salesman (1951).

He won for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

 

Keep interested in others; keep interested in the wide and wonderful world. Then in a spiritual sense, you will always be young. ~ Fredric March

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Actors, Biographies

Fredric March was born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel on August 31, 1897  in Racine, Wisconsin, the son of Cora Brown Marcher (1863–1936), a schoolteacher, and John F. Bickel (1859–1941), a devout Presbyterian Church elder who worked in the wholesale hardware business. March attended the Winslow Elementary School, Racine High School, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

March served in the United States Army during World War I as an artillery lieutenant.

He began a career as a banker, but an emergency appendectomy caused him to re-evaluate his life, and in 1920, he began working as an extra in movies made in New York City, using a shortened form of his mother’s maiden name. He appeared on Broadway in 1926, and by the end of the decade, signed a film contract with Paramount Pictures.

March received an Oscar nomination for the 4th Academy Awards in 1930 for The Royal Family of Broadway, in which he played a role modeled on John Barrymore. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 6th Academy Awards in 1932 for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (tied with Wallace Beery for The Champ. This led to roles in a series of classic films based on stage hits and classic novels like Design for Living (1933) with Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins; Death Takes a Holiday (1934); Les Misérables (1935) with Charles Laughton; Anna Karenina (1935) with Greta Garbo; Anthony Adverse (1936) with Olivia de Havilland; and as the original Norman Maine in A Star is Born (1937) with Janet Gaynor, for which he received his third Oscar nomination.

March resisted signing long-term contracts with the studios, enabling him to play roles in films from a variety of studios. He returned to Broadway after a ten-year absence in 1937 with a notable flop. He continued in other Broadway productions for many years and won two Best Actor Tony Awards: in 1947 for the play Years Ago, written by Ruth Gordon; and in 1957 for his performance as James Tyrone in the original Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. During this period he also starred in films, including I Married a Witch (1942) and Another Part of the Forest (1948), and won his second Oscar in 1946 for The Best Years of Our Lives.

March also branched out into television, winning Emmy nominations for his third attempt at The Royal Family for the series The Best of Broadway as well as for television performances as Samuel Dodsworth and Ebenezer Scrooge.  

March’s neighbor in Connecticut, playwright Arthur Miller, was thought to favor March to inaugurate the part of Willy Loman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman (1949). However, March read the play and turned down the role. He later regretted turning down the role and finally played Willy Loman in Columbia Pictures’ 1951 film version of the play, directed by Laslo Benedek, receiving his fifth and final Oscar nomination.

March co-starred with Spencer Tracy in the 1960 Stanley Kramer film Inherit the Wind, in which he played a dramatized version of famous orator and political figure William Jennings Bryan. March’s Bible-thumping character provided a rival for Tracy’s Clarence Darrow-inspired character. In the 1960s, March’s film career proceeded with a performance as President Jordan Lyman in the political thriller Seven Days in May (1964) in which he co-starred with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Edmond O’Brien.

Following surgery for prostate cancer in 1970, it seemed his career was over, yet he managed to give one last performance in The Iceman Cometh (1973), as the complicated Irish saloon keeper, Harry Hope.

March was married to actress Florence Eldridge from 1927 until his death in 1975, and they had two adopted children. He died from prostate cancer, at age 77, in Los Angeles, California; he was buried at his estate in New Milford, Connecticut.

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