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Erich von Stroheim Biography

Birth Name:
Erich Oswald Stroheim
Birth Place:
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Actor, director, screenwriter, producer, art director, editor, costumes

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1951Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1950Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated