Erich von Stroheim

1885 - 1957

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Erich Oswald Hans Carl Maria von Stroheim (born Erich Oswald Stroheim; September 22, 1885 – May 12, 1957) was an Austrian-American director, actor and producer, most noted as a film star and avant-garde, visionary director of the silent era. His 1924 film Greed (an adaptation of Frank Norris's 1899 novel McTeague) is considered one of the finest and most important films ever made. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich von Stroheim has received more than 887,274 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Erich von Stroheim is the 115th most popular film director (down from 114th in 2019), the 175th most popular biography from Austria (down from 170th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Film Director.

Erich von Stroheim is most famous for his work as a director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for his films Greed (1924) and Foolish Wives (1922).

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Among film directors, Erich von Stroheim ranks 115 out of 1,581Before him are Wes Craven, Louis Malle, George Cukor, David Fincher, Elia Kazan, and Peter Jackson. After him are Jerzy Grotowski, Sam Peckinpah, Lina Wertmüller, John Carpenter, Peter Bogdanovich, and Michael Mann.

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Among people born in 1885, Erich von Stroheim ranks 29Before him are Ernst Bloch, Yakov Sverdlov, Heinrich Brüning, Sonia Delaunay, Karl Radek, and Sabina Spielrein. After him are Luigi Russolo, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Hermann Weyl, George Minot, Alexander Löhr, and Sinclair Lewis. Among people deceased in 1957, Erich von Stroheim ranks 28Before him are Alfred Döblin, Joseph McCarthy, Curzio Malaparte, František Kupka, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Eliot Ness. After him are Heinrich Otto Wieland, Heinrich Hoffmann, Jože Plečnik, Richard E. Byrd, V. Gordon Childe, and Prince George of Greece and Denmark.

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Among people born in Austria, Erich von Stroheim ranks 175 out of 1,237Before him are Maria Antonia of Austria (1669), Maria Anna of Austria (1683), Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1906), Eduard Strauss (1835), Rudolf I of Bohemia (1281), and Maria Leopoldina of Austria (1797). After him are Ernst Happel (1925), Maria Amalia of Austria (1701), Michael Haydn (1737), Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817), Eric Kandel (1929), and Josef Stefan (1835).


Among film directors born in Austria, Erich von Stroheim ranks 3Before him are Fritz Lang (1890) and Billy Wilder (1906). After him are Josef von Sternberg (1894), Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Gustav Ucicky (1899), Hans Hass (1919), Richard Oswald (1880), Harald Reinl (1908), and Ulrich Seidl (1952).