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Erich von Stroheim Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Biography

Erich von Stroheim Quick Info
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight 72 kg
Date of Birth September 22, 1885
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Date of Death May 12, 1957

Erich von Stroheim was an Austrian-born American director, screenwriter, actor, stage artist, and producer who gained acclaim as a noted director of the silent era. As a director, he worked on several films such as Blind Husbands, The Devil’s Pass KeyFoolish Wives, GreedThe Merry Widow, The Wedding MarchThe HoneymoonQueen Kelly, and Hello, Sister!. In addition to that, his film acting credits include An Unseen EnemyPanthea, The Failure, GhostsOld HeidelbergHis Picture in the Papers, The Flying TorpedoIntolerance, Macbeth, The Social Secretary, Reaching for the MoonSylvia of the Secret Service, The UnbelieverHearts of the WorldThe Hun Within, The Heart of Humanity, The Devil’s Pass KeyFoolish Wives, Souls for Sale, The Great Gabbo, Three Faces East, Friends and Lovers, The Lost SquadronAs You Desire MeFugitive RoadCrimson RomanceThe Crime of Dr. CrespiLa Grande Illusion, The Lafarge CaseRail Pirates, The World Will TrembleI Was an Adventuress, Sunset Boulevard, So Ends Our NightFive Graves to CairoThe North Star, The Lady and the MonsterStorm Over LisbonThe Mask of Diijon, That’s Not the Way to DieDanse de Mort, The Red SignalPortrait of an Assassin.

Born Name

Erich Oswald Stroheim

Other Names

Erich von Stroheim, Erich Oswald Hans Carl Maria von Stroheim, The Man You Love to Hate

Erich von Stroheim as seen in 1946
Erich von Stroheim as seen in 1946 (Studio Harcourt / RMN / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on September 22, 1885.

Died

On May 12, 1957, Erich von Stroheim died from prostate cancer at the age of 71 in Maurepas, Seine-et-Oise, France.

Sun Sign

Virgo

Born Place

Vienna, Austria-Hungary

Residence

At the time of his death, he resided in a chateau in Maurepas near Paris, France.

Nationality

Austrian nationality

 

Occupation

Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Stage Artist, Producer

Family

  • Father – Benno Stroheim (Hatmaker)
  • Mother – Johanna Bondy
  • Others – Sigmund Bondy (Maternal Grandfather), Ernestine Wahle (Maternal Grandmother), Lori (Granddaughter), Vicki (Granddaughter)

Manager

Erich von Stroheim was managed by Elmer Cox.

Build

Average

From Left to Right - Mae Murray, Erich von Stroheim, and John Gilbert as seen on the set of 'The Merry Widow' (1925)
From Left to Right – Mae Murray, Erich von Stroheim, and John Gilbert as seen on the set of ‘The Merry Widow’ (1925) (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, Erich von Stroheim (director) / operetta-research-center.org / Public Domain)

Height

5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm

Weight

72 kg or 158.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Erich von Stroheim dated –

  1. Jean Brooks – He was once romantically involved with Jean Brooks.
  2. Margaret Knox (1913-1915)​ – Erich von Stroheim was married to Margaret Knox from 1913 to 1915.
  3. Mae Jones (1916-1919)​ – In 1916, he tied the knot with Mae Jones and they had a son named Erich von Stroheim Jr. (August 25, 1916 – October 26, 1968). The marriage ended in divorce in 1919.
  4. Valerie Germonprez (1920-1936) – He got married to Valerie Germonprez in 1920 and they were blessed with a son named Josef von Stroheim (September 18, 1922 – March 22, 2002). The couple separated in 1936 but never divorced.
  5. Denise Vernac (1937-1957) – Erich von Stroheim started going out with French actor Denise Vernac in 1937 and they co-starred in many films, including Danse de Mort (1948) and The Red Signal (1949). They remained together until his death in 1957.

Race / Ethnicity

White

Erich von Stroheim was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Hair Color

Slat and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Thick Austrian accent
  • Receding hairline
  • Often wore a monocle

Religion

He was raised in a Jewish household.

Erich von Stroheim as seen while portraying the character of Jonathan Brewster in the Broadway production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Erich von Stroheim as seen while portraying the character of Jonathan Brewster in the Broadway production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ (Photo by Vandamm, New York / eBay / Public Domain)

Erich von Stroheim Facts

  1. In 1937, he brought to life the character of Captain (later Major) von Rauffenstein (a German flying ace and member of the German nobility) in the 1937 war drama film La Grande Illusion.
  2. Along with William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, and Jack Webb, Erich von Stroheim co-starred as Max von Mayerling in the black comedy film noir Sunset Boulevard in 1950. This performance got him nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”.
  3. On February 8, 1960, Erich von Stroheim was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6826 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States.

Featured Image by Studio Harcourt / RMN / Public Domain

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