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Emil Jannings Height, Weight, Age, Death, Wife, Children

Emil Jannings Quick Info
Height 6 ft
Weight 85 kg
Date of Birth July 23, 1884
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of Death January 2, 1950

Emil Jannings was a Swiss-born German actor, producer, and theatre artist who rose to acclaim in Hollywood in the 1920s. He was cast in a number of films which include the likes of Aus Mangel an Beweisen, Die Bettlerin von St. Marien, Im Angesicht des Toten, Life Is a Dream, A Night of Horror, Das fidele Gefängnis, When Four Do the Same, The Marriage of Luise Rohrbach, Das Geschäft, The Seeds of Life, The Eyes of the Mummy, Nach zwanzig Jahren, Madame DuBarry, Rose Bernd, Vendetta, The Daughter of Mehemed, The Man of Action, Anna Boleyn, Colombine, The Skull of Pharaoh’s Daughter, Kohlhiesel’s Daughters, The Big Light, Danton, The Bull of Olivera, The Rats, The Brothers Karamazov, Peter the Great, OthelloThe Loves of PharaohThe Countess of Paris, Die Entlassung, Tragedy of Love, Husbands or LoversWaxworksQuo VadisRobert Koch, Love is BlindVarietyFaust – A German FolktaleThe Way of All FleshTartuffeSins of the Fathers, The PatriotStreet of SinThe Last CommandAltes Herz wird wieder jung, Darling of the Gods, Betrayal, The Blue AngelStorms of Passion, Die Abenteuer des Königs PausoleThe Merry Monarch, The Old and the Young KingDer Schwarze WalfischThe Broken JugThe RulerThe Dreamer, Wo ist Herr Belling?, and The Ring of Giuditta Foscari.

Born Name

Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz

Other Name

Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings as seen while smiling in a picture, circa 1926
Emil Jannings as seen while smiling in a picture, circa 1926 (Unknown Author / / Public Domain)


He was born on July 23, 1884.


On January 2, 1950, Emil Jannings died from liver cancer at the age of 65 in Strobl, Allied-occupied Austria.

Resting Place

St. Wolfgang Cemetery in Upper Austria, Austria

Sun Sign


Born Place

Rorschach, Switzerland


Swiss, German


Emil Jannings attended school but eventually ran away and went to sea.


Actor, Producer, Theatre Artist


  • Father – Emil Janenz (American businessperson from St. Louis)
  • Mother – Margarethe (née Schwabe)



Emil Jannings as seen as Kreon in Hasenclever's 'Antigone', Großes Schauspielhaus, 1920
Emil Jannings as seen as Kreon in Hasenclever’s ‘Antigone’, Großes Schauspielhaus, 1920 (Unknown / Photograph File of the Billy Rose Theatre Collection / / Public Domain)


6 ft or 183 cm


85 kg or 187.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse

Emil Jannings dated –

  1. Ludwig Hartau – It was reported that he once had an affair with German actor Ludwig Hartau.
  2. Lucy Höfling – Emil Jannings married his first wife Lucy Höfling and the couple was blessed with a daughter named Ruth-Maria in 1920. The duo eventually divorced in 1919.
  3. Hanna Ralph (1919-1921) – In the year 1919, he tied the knot with German stage and film actor Hanna Ralph but the marriage ended in divorce in 1921.
  4. Lucie Höflich (1921-1921)​ – He married Lucie Höflich in 1921 but the marriage dissolved the same year. Lucie Höflich was a German actor and teacher who served as the head of the Staatliche Schauspielschule (State Drama School) in Berlin.
  5. Gussy Holl (1923-1950) – On July 28, 1923, Emil Jannings married German actor and singer Gussy Holl and they remained married until his death in 1950.
  6. Hans Brausewetter (1935) – It was reported that he hooked up with German stage and film actor Hans Brausewetter in the year 1935.

Race / Ethnicity


Emil Jannings was of German descent.

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Receding hairline

Emil Jannings as seen in 1938
Emil Jannings as seen in 1938 (Unknown / Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1984-0321-506 / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Emil Jannings Facts

  1. In 1927, he co-starred as August Schiller in the silent drama film The Way of All Flesh.
  2. Along with Evelyn Brent and William Powell, Emil Jannings co-starred as Grand Duke Sergius Alexander (the Czar’s cousin and commander of all his armies) in the 1928 silent romantic drama film The Last Command.
  3. For his roles in The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command, he won the first Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” at the 1929 ceremony.
  4. Emil Jannings was known for having Nazi ties and continued his career in the service of Nazi cinema after the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. He was named an “Artist of the State” (Staatsschauspieler) by the Mazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels.
  5. For his contribution to motion pictures, Emil Jannings was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1630 Vine Street in 1960.

Featured Image by Unknown Author / / Public Domain

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