Theodore von Eltz

Theodore von Eltz was born November 5, 1893, in New Haven, CT. His father was a Yale professor. He originally planned to become a doctor, but chose acting instead. He made his New York debut in 1912 and continued acting on stage with great success until beginning as a silent screen actor earnestly (he had appeared in a film in 1915 and one in 1916) in 1920. He was sometimes a leading man with films such as "The Speed Girl" (1921) opposite Bebe Daniels or "Tiger Rose" (1923) with Lenore Ulric, but most often he was in a supporting role. With over 200 films to his credit, von Eltz was busy from 1920 until the 1950's when he also did some television work. He appeared in approximately 50 silent films, none really providing outstanding roles for him. He can be seen today in silents such as "Bardelys the Magnificent" (1926) with John Gilbert, "The Red Kimona" (1925) with Priscilla Bonner, "Tiger Rose" (1923) with Lenore Ulric, and "No Man's Law" (1927) with Barbara Kent, among others. Although he appeared in some top notch sound films such as "Sergeant York" (1941), "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and "Topper" (1937), many of these roles and others were uncredited. Von Eltz was married twice: first to Peggy Prior from 1921-1931 and then to Elizabeth Lorimer from 1932 until his death October 6, 1964, in Woodland Hills, CA.

Selected films of this star available for viewing:

Manslaughter (uncredited) (1922)

Tiger Rose (1923)

The Red Kimona (1925)

Paiint and Powder (1925)

Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

No Man's Law (1927)

Should Tall Men Marry? (short) (1928)


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