Jean Hersholt Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 12, 1886 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: June 2, 1956 in Hollywood, California
Biography | show moreshow less
Danish actor Jean Hersholt's (1886-1956) screen image was altered permanently in 1936 when he was cast as Dr. Dafoe, the Canadian obstetrician who delivered the celebrated Dionne Quintuplets, in 20th Century-Fox's The Country Doctor. Plans to create a Dr. Dafoe movie series were blocked by the real Dafoe, but Hersholt was anxious to sustain the characterization of a beneficent, lovable small-town doctor. Thus Dr. Christian, named for Hersholt's favorite author, Hans Christian Andersen, was born. The actor created the role of Dr. Christian on radio in 1937 and then filmed a series of six Christian movies for RKO (1939-1941). Extending the ethics and generosity of Dr. Christian into his private life, Hersholt set up the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which provided medical care and a livable income for actors, directors and other studio employees who were no longer able to care for themselves. While serving as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he received two honorary Academy Awards for his charity work (1940, 1950). After the actor's death in 1956, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was set up by the Academy to honor conspicuous acts of selflessness and kindness in the movie industry.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1940 Dr. Christian Meets the Women (Performer), 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Performer), 1936 Reunion (Performer), 1936 Sins of Man (Performer), 1936 Tough Guy (Performer), 1934 The Painted Veil (Performer), 1932 Skyscraper Souls (Performer), 1931 Private Lives (Performer), 1931 The Phantom of Paris (Performer), 1930 A Soldier's Plaything (Performer), 1930 Hell Harbor (Performer), 1930 Mamba (Performer), 1930 The Case of Sergeant Grischa (Performer), 1928 Jazz Mad (Performer), 1927 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Performer), 1926 My Old Dutch (Performer), 1925 A Woman's Faith (Performer), 1923 Quicksands (Performer), 1922 When Romance Rides (Performer), 1921 Man of the Forest (Performer), 1920 The Red Lane (Performer), 1918 The Answer (Performer), 1917 The Saintly Sinner (Performer), 1916 Scratched (Performer), 1916 Kinkaid, Gambler (Performer), 1916 Some Medicine Man (Performer), 1916 The Apostle of Vengeance (Performer), 1915/II Never Again (Performer), 1906 Konfirmanden (Performer), 1922 When Romance Rides (Director), 1943 Stage Door Canteen (in person), 1941 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2 (in person), 1923 Souls for Sale (in person), 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (Performer), 1999 Biography (Other), 2003 Complicated Women (Other), 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up (Other), 2004 Checking Out: Grand Hotel (Other), 1932/I Grand Hotel (Performer), 1949 Dancing in the Dark (Performer), 1940 The Courageous Dr. Christian (Performer), 1938 Five of a Kind (Performer), 1938 Happy Landing (Performer), 1936 One in a Million (Performer), 1936 The Country Doctor (Performer), 1935 Break of Hearts (Performer), 1934 The Fountain (Performer), 1932 New Morals for Old (Performer), 1931 Transatlantic (Performer), 1931 Daybreak (Performer), 1930 Viennese Nights (Performer), 1930 The Third Alarm (Performer), 1930 The Cat Creeps (Performer), 1930 The Climax (Performer), 1927 The Wrong Mr. Wright (Performer), 1926 It Must Be Love (Performer), 1925 Fifth Avenue Models (Performer), 1925 Dangerous Innocence (Performer), 1924 So Big (Performer), 1924 Sinners in Silk (Performer), 1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Performer), 1920 The Deceiver (Performer), 1919 Whom the Gods Would Destroy (Performer), 1917 '49-'17 (Performer), 1917 The Show Down (Performer), 1917 The Townsend Divorce Case (Performer), 1917 The Terror (Performer), 1917 Love Aflame (Performer), 1916 It's All Wrong (Performer), 1916 The Aryan (Performer), 1916 Hell's Hinges (Performer), 1920 The Deceiver (Director), 1954 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade (in person), 1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere (in person), 1953 The 25th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1952 What's My Line (in person), 1949 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes (in person), 1943 To the People of the United States (in person), 1924 The City of Stars (in person), 1923 C-V News: Filming Greed (in person), 1956 Dr. Christian (Performer), 1955 Run for Cover (Performer), 1939 Meet Dr. Christian (Performer), 1939 Mr. Moto in Danger Island (Performer), 1936 His Brother's Wife (Performer), 1935 Murder in the Fleet (Performer), 1935 Mark of the Vampire (Performer), 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle (Performer), 1933 Christopher Bean (Performer), 1933 Song of the Eagle (Performer), 1932 Hearts of Humanity (Performer), 1932 Night Court (Performer), 1932 Are You Listening (Performer), 1932 The Beast of the City (Performer), 1932 Emma (Performer), 1931 The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Performer), 1931 The Voice of Hollywood No. 7 Second Series (Performer), 1930 East Is West (Performer), 1928 Give and Take (Performer), 1928 The Battle of the Sexes (Performer), 1928 Abie's Irish Rose (Performer), 1928 13 Washington Square (Performer), 1926 Flames (Performer), 1925 Stella Dallas (Performer), 1925 Don Q Son of Zorro (Performer), 1925 If Marriage Fails (Performer), 1924 Cheap Kisses (Performer), 1924 Her Night of Romance (Performer), 1924 The Goldfish (Performer), 1922 Tess of the Storm Country (Performer), 1921 The Servant in the House (Performer), 1920 The Golden Trail (Performer), 1920 Merely Mary Ann (Performer), 1919 In the Land of the Setting Sun (Performer), 1919 Love's Prisoner (Performer), 1918 Madame Spy (Performer), 1917 Princess Virtue (Performer), 1917 A Stormy Knight (Performer), 1917 The Soul Herder (Performer), 1917 The Gunman's Gospel (Performer), 1917 Southern Justice (Performer), 1917 The Clash of Steel (Performer), 1917 Fighting for Love (Performer), 1916 As the Candle Burned (Performer), 1915 The Disciple (Performer), 1920 The Golden Trail (Director), 1920 The Golden Trail (Other), 1954 This Is Your Life (in person), 1997 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (Other), 1955 Screen Snapshots Series 34, No. 6: Hollywood Shower of Stars (in person), 1952 Screen Snapshots 5852: Hollywood Night at '21' Club (in person), 1990 Hollywood Mavericks (Other), 1931 Susan Lenox (Performer), 1980 Hollywood (Other), 1941 They Meet Again (Performer), 1941 Melody for Three (Performer), 1940 Remedy for Riches (Performer), 1938 I'll Give a Million (Performer), 1937 Heidi (Performer), 1937 Seventh Heaven (Performer), 1934 Men in White (Performer), 1933 Dinner at Eight (Performer), 1933 The Crime of the Century (Performer), 1932 Flesh (Performer), 1932 The Mask of Fu Manchu (Performer), 1932 Unashamed (Performer), 1929 Modern Love (Performer), 1929 The Younger Generation (Performer), 1929 Girl on the Barge (Performer), 1928 The Secret Hour (Performer), 1927 Alias the Deacon (Performer), 1926 The Old Soak (Performer), 1926 The Greater Glory (Performer), 1924 Greed (Performer), 1924 The Woman on the Jury (Performer), 1924 Torment (Performer), 1923 Red Lights (Performer), 1923 Jazzmania (Performer), 1922 The Strangers' Banquet (Performer), 1922 Heart's Haven (Performer), 1921 A Certain Rich Man (Performer), 1917 The Greater Law (Performer), 1917 Her Primitive Man (Performer), 1917 Perils of the Secret Service (Performer), 1917 Black Orchids (Performer), 1916 Bullets and Brown Eyes (Performer), 1916 The Desert (Performer), 1906 En ny hat til Madammen (Performer), 1906 Professorens Morgenavis (Performer), 1906 Professorens Morgenavis (Director), 1922 The Gray Dawn (Director), 1922 Golden Dreams (Other), 1922 Golden Dreams (in person), 1955 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (in person)

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