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Cornel Wilde Biography

Birth Name:
Kornél Lajos Weisz
Birth Place:
Prievidza, Hungary
Actor, director, producer, writer

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)


  • 1945Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated


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