Cornel Wilde

  • Birth Name: Kornél Lajos Weisz
  • Birth Place: Prievidza, Hungary
  • Died: October 16, 1989
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
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Fast Facts

  • Talented linguist and astute mimic.
  • Spoke Hungarian, French, German, English, Italian and Russian.
  • While in high school, he worked as a Macy's toy salesman and commercial artist.
  • Graduated high school at the age of 14.
  • Won a scholarship to the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, but turned it down to pursue an acting career.
  • Was a leading member of the 1936 American Olympic fencing team, but abandoned the team prior to the games in order to take a role in theater.
  • Known for his role of Chopin in A Song to Remember (1945).

Awards

  • 1945, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Vojtech Weisz — Father
  • Pascal Franchot Tone — Stepson
  • Jean Wallace — Ex-wife
  • Renée Mary Vid — Mother
  • Cornel Wallace Wilde Jr. — Son
  • Patricia Knight — Ex-wife
  • Thomas Jefferson Tone — Stepson
  • Wendy Wilde — Daughter

College

  • City College of the City University of New York, New York, New York, United States (Pre-med)

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  • Birth Name: Kornél Lajos Weisz
  • Birth Place: Prievidza, Hungary
  • Died: October 16, 1989
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer