Emil Jannings

1884 - 1950

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Emil Jannings (born Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, 23 July 1884 – 2 January 1950) was a Swiss-born German actor who was popular in Hollywood in the 1920s. He was the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. As of 2024, Jannings is the only German ever to have won the category. Jannings is best known for his collaborations with F. W. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emil Jannings has received more than 792,913 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Emil Jannings is the 356th most popular actor (up from 392nd in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 63rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Swiss Actor.

Emil Jannings was a German actor, director, and winner of the first ever Academy Award for Best Actor. He was best known for his roles in films such as The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.

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Among actors, Emil Jannings ranks 356 out of 13,578Before him are Carmen Amaya, Richard Kiel, Richard Chamberlain, Lino Ventura, Gene Wilder, and Hanna Schygulla. After him are Jeff Goldblum, Mithun Chakraborty, Alec Baldwin, Helena Bonham Carter, Marie Laforêt, and Curd Jürgens.

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Among people born in 1884, Emil Jannings ranks 28Before him are Yevgeny Zamyatin, Theodor Svedberg, Auguste Piccard, Vincent Auriol, Walther von Reichenau, and Lion Feuchtwanger. After him are Rajendra Prasad, Edward Sapir, Rudolf Bultmann, Leo Frank, Max Beckmann, and Carl Friedrich Goerdeler. Among people deceased in 1950, Emil Jannings ranks 19Before him are Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Karl Renner, Léon Blum, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Kurt Weill, and Sri Aurobindo. After him are Edgar Rice Burroughs, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, George Minot, Ramana Maharshi, Roman Shukhevych, and Nicolai Hartmann.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Emil Jannings ranks 62 out of 1,015Before him are Albert I of Germany (1255), Michel Mayor (1942), Aga Khan IV (1936), Paul Hermann Müller (1899), H. R. Giger (1940), and Daniel Bovet (1907). After him are Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Hans Küng (1928), Siegfried Wagner (1869), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), Richard R. Ernst (1933), and Alexandre Yersin (1863).

Among ACTORS In Switzerland

Among actors born in Switzerland, Emil Jannings ranks 3Before him are Bruno Ganz (1941), and Ursula Andress (1936). After him are Mario Adorf (1930), Marthe Keller (1945), Michel Simon (1895), Vincent Perez (1964), Liselotte Pulver (1929), Daniel Bernhardt (1965), David Bennent (1966), Sofia Milos (1969), and Lukas Ammann (1912).

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