Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Cornel Wilde Biography (1915-1989)
Full name, Cornelius Louis Wilde; born October 13, 1915 (some sources say 1918), in New York, NY; died of leukemia, October 16, 1989, in Los Angeles, CA;son of Beela Louis (in the cosmetics business) and Renee (Vid) Wilde; marriedPatricia Knight (an actress), September 3, 1938 (divorced, 1951); married Jean Wallace (an actress), September 4, 1951 (divorced, 1981); children: Wendy(first marriage); Cornel Wallace (second marriage); Pascal, Thomas (stepchildren from second marriage).
- Death Details
- October 16, 1989
- Los Angeles, California, United States
Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Moon Over Mulberry Street, Lyceum Theatre, 1935, then 44th Street Theatre, 1936.
- Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet, 51st Street Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- Also appeared in Daughters of Atreus, 44th Street Theatre, New York City,1936; Having Wonderful Time, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1937; and in Love Is Not So Simple, New York City.
Credits; STAGE WORK
- Fencing instructor, Romeo and Juliet, 51st Street Theatre, New York City,1940.
Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
- FILM DEBUT--Mr. Williams, Lady with Red Hair, Warner Brothers, 1940.
- Louis Mendoza, High Sierra, Warner Brothers, 1941.
- Chet Oakley, Kisses for Breakfast, Warner Brothers, 1941.
- Tom Rossi, Knockout (also known as Right to the Heart), Warner Brothers/First National, 1941.
- Mike Lord, The Perfect Snob, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941.
- Robert, Life Begins at 8:30 (also known as The Light of Heart), TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1942.
- Jeff Bailey, Manila Calling, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1942.
- Freddy Austin, Wintertime, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943.
- Frederic Chopin, A Song to Remember, Columbia, 1945.
- Aladdin, A Thousand and One Nights, Columbia, 1945.
- Robert of Nottingham, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, Columbia, 1946.
- Philippe Lascalles, Centennial Summer, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946.
- Richard Harland, Leave Her to Heaven, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946.
- Bruce Carlton, Forever Amber, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1947.
- Jock Wallace, The Homestretch, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1947.
- "George"/Johnny Blaine, It Had to Be You, Columbia, 1947.
- Pete Morgan, Road House, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
- Dave Connors, Walls of Jericho, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
- Griff Marat, Shockproof, Columbia, 1949.
- Stanley Robin, Four Days Leave, Film Classics, 1950.
- Captain Mark Bradford, Two Flags West, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950.
- D'Artagnan, At Sword's Point (also known as Sons of the Musketeers), RKO,1951.
- Don Arturo Bordega, California Conquest, Columbia, 1952.
- Sebastian, The Greatest Show on Earth, Paramount, 1952.
- Peter Forrester, Operation Secret, Warner Brothers, 1952.
- Si Lahssen, Saadia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1953.
- Jean-Paul, Treasure of the Golden Condor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
- as himself, Main Street to Broadway, MGM, 1953.
- Juan Obregon, Passion, RKO, 1954.
- Bill Baxter, Woman's World, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
- Diamond, The Big Combo, Allied Artists, 1955.
- Major John Bolton, The Scarlet Coat, MGM, 1955.
- Stephen Torino, Hot Blood, Columbia, 1956.
- Pierre St. Laurent, Star of India, United Artists, 1956.
- Charlie, Storm Fear, United Artists, 1956.
- Matt Campbell, Beyond Mombasa, Columbia 1957.
- Nick, The Devil's Hairpin, Paramount, 1957.
- title role, Omar Khayyam, Paramount, 1957.
- Vic Scott, Maracaibo, Paramount, 1958.
- Les Martin, Edge of Eternity, Columbia, 1959.
- Constantine, Constantine and the Cross (also known as Constantine the Great), Embassy, 1962.
- Sir Lancelot, The Sword of Lancelot (also known as Lancelot and Guinevere), Universal, 1963.
- man, The Naked Prey, Paramount, 1966.
- Captain MacDonald, Beach Red, United Artists, 1967.
- Frank Powers, The Comic, Columbia, 1969.
- narrator, No Blade of Grass, MGM, 1970.
- Jim, Shark's Treasure, United Artists, 1975.
- D'Artagnan, The Fifth Musketeer (also known as Behind the Iron Mask), Columbia, 1977.
- Raynar, The Norseman, American International, 1978.
- Also appeared in Guest in the House, United Artists, 1944; as Jimmy Banks, Stairway for a Star, 1947; and in Flesh and Bullets, Hollywood International Film Corporation America, 1985.
Credits; FILM WORK
- Producer, The Big Combo, Allied Artists, 1955.
- producer and director, Storm Fear, United Artists, 1956.
- producer and director, The Devil's Hairpin, Paramount, 1957.
- producer and director, Maracaibo, Paramount, 1958.
- executive producer and director, The Sword of Lancelot, Universal, 1963.
- producer and director, The Naked Prey, Paramount, 1966.
- producer and director, Beach Red, United Artists, 1967.
- producer and director, No Blade of Grass, MGM, 1970.
- producer and director, Shark's Treasure, United Artists, 1975.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- As himself, I Love Lucy, CBS, 1955.
- George Burnett, The New Mike Hammer, CBS, 1986.
- Duncan Barnett, Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.
- Also "The Blond Dog," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1955; "Coast to Coast," Alcoa Theatre, NBC, 1958; "Around the World with Nellie Bly," Chevy Show,NBC, 1960; Father Knows Best, CBS, 1960; "The Great Alberti," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1961; The Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1964; "Doesn't AnyoneKnow Who I Am?," Kraft Suspense Theatre, NBC, 1964; Suspense Theatre, ABC, 1969; "Deliveries in the Rear," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972.
- Mercer Boley, Gargoyles, CBS, 1972.
- Your Choice for the Film Awards, 1987.
- FILM--See production details above.
- (With James Edmiston) The Devil's Hairpin, Paramount, 1957.
- Shark's Treasure, United Artists, 1975.
- My Very Wilde Life (autobiography), 1987.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- New York Times, October 17, 1989.
- Variety, October 18-24, 1989.
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