• Francis Lederer

A vintage page from an autograph album signed by Francis Lederer (1899-2000), the film and stage actor, born in Prague, who after service in World War 1 made a name for himself as a matinee idol in theaters in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany. His performances attracted attention and film offers from Hollywood, and with the deteriorating political situation in Europe, Lederer decided to stay in the United States, starring in movies opposite the likes of Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert and Joan Bennett. He became a U.S. citizen in 1939, the same year Edward G. Robinson praised Lederer's performance as a German American Bundist opposite him in Confessions of a Nazi Spy, and he earned plaudits for his portrayal of a Fascist in The Man I Married (1940). He also played a vampire for The Return of Dracula in 1958. In later years he worked in television on shows such as The Untouchables, Ben Casey, Mission: Impossible and That Girl.  He died, at the age of 100, in Palm Springs, California, one of the last surviving World War I veterans of the Austro-Hungarian Army.

Francis Lederer

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