|Fredric March Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10¼ in|
|Date of Birth||August 31, 1897|
|Date of Death||April 14, 1975|
Fredric March was an American actor who established himself as one of the most prominent stars of the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood with his work in films like The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Royal Family of Broadway (1930), Seven Days in May (1964), Inherit the Wind (1960), Anna Karenina (1935), Hombre (1967), Honor Among Lovers (1931), Nothing Sacred (1937), A Star is Born (1937), etc.
Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel
He was born on August 31, 1897.
He passed away on April 14, 1975, from prostate cancer in Los Angeles, California. He was 77 years old at that time.
Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Fredric was a student of the Winslow Elementary School and Racine High School. Furthermore, he attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in economics with honors.
- Father – John F. Bickel (Worked in the Wholesale Hardware Business)
- Mother – Cora Brown Marcher (Schoolteacher)
5 ft 10¼ in or 178.5 lbs
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Fredric March had dated –
- Ellis Baker (1924-1927) – His first marriage was to Ellis Baker, which lasted from 1924 until 1927.
- Florence Eldridge (1927-1975) – On May 30, 1927, he wed actress Florence Eldridge and the duo stayed together until Fredric’s death in April 1975. The couple had adopted 2 children – a daughter named Penelope ‘Penny’ March (b. 1932) and a son named Anthony March (b. 1934).
- Barbara Stanwyck (1936)
- Carole Lombard (1937)
- Miriam Hopkins
Race / Ethnicity
He had German ancestry on his father’s side and was of English, remote German, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian [Flemish], and Norwegian descent on his mother’s side.
Fredric March Favorite Things
- Stage Play – Long Day’s Journey into Night
- Movie Role – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Source – IMDb
Fredric March Facts
- He was hospitalized for 3 weeks after filming Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) as the make-up used to turn him into Hyde was so corrosive that it almost disfigured him.
- On February 12, 1959, March was invited to read the Gettysburg Address in front of a joint session of Congress to mark the 150th birth anniversary of American President Abraham Lincoln.
- The House Un-American Activities Committee had targeted him for blacklisting in 1949 due to his alleged ‘leftist’ politics.
- William Holden had cited March as one of his acting idols in addition to Spencer Tracy. Moreover, a young Marlon Brando had also named March as his favorite actor.
- His hobbies included reading, playing golf, traveling, and photography. Moreover, he frequently went horseback riding, swimming, and played tennis to stay in shape.
- In 1932, March became the first person to win a ‘Best Actor’ Oscar for a performance in a horror film, in his case Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). The next such occasion was exactly 60 years later in 1992 when Anthony Hopkins won the award for his terrifying performance in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
- His stellar performance in the titular role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) served as the inspiration for the Marvel character of Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk.
- The year 1947 was one of the most amazing years of his career as March received the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) as well as the Tony Award for ‘Best Actor in a Play’ for Years Ago (1947).
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