D.O.B.: October 13, 1915 (New York, NY)
D.O.D.: October 16, 1989 (Los Angeles, CA)
Cause of Death: Leukemia
Location: Westwood Memorial; Urn Garden
Cornel Wilde was a romantic leading man.
He his big break playing Chopin "A Song To Remember" in 1945, and went on to star in such movies as "Forever Amber," "Leave Her to Heaven," "The Greatest Show on Earth," and "The Naked Prey".
He received a scholarship for medical school, but turned it down in favor of his new love, the theatre.
He played a few minor roles before leaping to fame and an Oscar nomination as Frederic Chopin in A Song to Remember in 1945.
In the Fifties, his star dimmed a little, and aside from an occasional blockbuster like The Greatest Show On Earth (1952), he settled into adventure programmers.
A growing interest in directing led him to form his own production company with purpose of directing his own films. Several of his ventures into film noir in this period, both his own and other directors', are quite interesting (The Big Combo, Storm Fear, etc.).
In 1966, he produced, directed, and starred in The Naked Prey, a tour-de-force adventure drama which brought him real acclaim as a director. His later films were of varying quality, and he ended his career in near- cameos in minor adventure films.
"Maracaibo" (1958) Movie
"The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952) Movie
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