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Fredric March

Best known for his Academy Award winning roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Fredric March



The Great Adventure

Paying the Piper

The Education of Elizabeth

The Devil



The Dummy

The Wild Party

The Studio Murder Mystery

Paris Bound


Footlights and Fools

The Marriage Playground



Sarah and Son

Paramount on Parade

Ladies Love Brutes

True to the Navy



The Royal Family of Broadway



Honor Among Lovers

The Night Angel

My Sin



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



Tonight Is Ours

The Eagle and the Hawk

Design for Living



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



Les Misérables

Anna Karenina

The Dark Angel

Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 11



The Road to Glory

Mary of Scotland

Anthony Adverse

Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 3



A Star Is Born

Nothing Sacred

Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 5



The Buccaneer

There Goes My Heart

Trade Winds



The 400 Million



Susan and God


Lights Out in Europe



So Ends Our Night

One Foot in Heaven

Bedtime Story



I Married a Witch

Lake Carrier



Valley of the Tennessee

The Adventures of Mark Twain

Tomorrow, the World!



The Best Years of Our Lives



Another Part of the Forest

An Act of Murder



Christopher Columbus



The Titan: Story of Michelangelo



It’s a Big Country

Death of a Salesman



Man on a Tightrope

The Bridges at Toko-Ri



Executive Suite



The Desperate Hours



Alexander the Great

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Island of Allah



Middle of the Night



Inherit the Wind



The Young Doctors



I Sequestrati di Altona (The Condemned of Altona)



Seven Days in May









The Iceman Cometh


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

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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