Erich von Stroheim

  • Birth Name: Erich Oswald Stroheim
  • Birth Place: Vienna, Austria-Hungary
  • Died: May 12, 1957
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Art director, Editor, Costumes
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  • Was discharged from the Austro-Hungarian Army for being unfit for active service after only eight months.
  • Arrived in New York on the German steamer ship Prince Friedrich Wilhelm in November 1909.
  • Changed his name to Erich Oswald Hans Carl Maria von Stroheim upon arriving in the United States.
  • Before making it in show business, worked at a department store wrapping holiday packages and as a mountain guide at Lake Tahoe.
  • Made his directorial debut with the film Blind Husbands in 1919.


  • 1951, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1950, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Johanna Bondy — Mother
  • Joseph Von Stroheim — Son
  • Margaret Knox — Ex-wife
  • Denise Vernac — Significant Other
  • Benno Stroheim — Father
  • Mae Jones — Ex-wife
  • Erich von Stroheim Jr. — Son
  • Valerie Germonprez — Wife
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