Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Louis Wolheim, 1880-1931

Today marks the birth anniversary of actor Louis Wolheim, who was successful in silents and just beginning to make a name for himself in talkies until his untimely death at the age of 50. I've recommended him in the silent Two Arabian Knights, and one talkie, The Silver Horde. I don't think I've blogged about his most famous work, however, which would be in All Quiet on the Western Front.

I was looking for a good photo to illustrate him, and there are some good ones that show up in a Google Image search. A more interesting one showed up, linking to the George Eastman House archive. Photographer Nickolas Muray apparently took quite a few photos of actors that are in the Eastman House archive. There does, however, seem to be a problem, in that the index of photographers includes a link to his color photographs but not his black and white photographs.

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