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Who Am I?
Academy Award for Best Actor
1927 to 1939 FUN Trivia

These are all well known Hollywood actors. I will give you some information and you pick the correct celebrity.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 24 points!

1) I was born on July 23, 1884 in Rorschach, Switzerland.  My father was an American.  I was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor.  I won the 1928 Oscar for two films, The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command.  My Hollywood career came to an end with the advent of talkies; American audiences found my thick German accent difficult to understand.  I returned to Europe, where I starred opposite Marlene Dietrich in the 1930 film The Blue Angel, filmed in English simultaneously with its German version Der blaue Engel. I died in 1950 in Strobl, Austria, of cancer.
Who Am I?

  1. Paul Muni

  2. Lewis Stone

  3. Emil Jannings

2) On March 29, 1889, I was born in Columbus, Ohio. I moved to San Francisco, California with my widowed mother in 1898, when I was nine. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, we lived in a tent for two weeks. By 1910 I was in vaudeville, and from there began acting on the stage. I began my movie career as an extra in 1918. I had my first starring role in 1921, in a film called Sheltered Daughters. I starred in forty-eight features during the 1920s. My most famous starring role was as the Cisco Kid in In Old Arizona (1929), the first all-talking western. I married actress Winifred Bryson in 1918, remaining married until my death in 1951. Suffering the pain of arthritis, I had a lobotomy to ease the pain. I died shortly after of pneumonia and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Who Am I?

  1. George Bancroft

  2. Chester Morris

  3. Warner Baxter

3) I was born George Augustus Andrews on April 10, 1868 in London, England. I was the first British actor to win an Academy Award. I remade Disraeli (1929) in sound (and won the Academy Award for Best Actor), converting successfully at the age of 61 from a star of the legitimate theater, then silent films, to the talkies. I had done a silent version of Disraeli in 1921.

I was nominated Best Actor for The Green Goddess.  I often appeared with my wife, Florence (1871-1950), to whom I was married from September 16, 1899 until my death. Returning to our home in London in April 1939, the onset of World War II prevented our return to America during my remaining years. Braving the German aerial bombing of London throughout the war, I remained in my native city, where I died of a bronchial ailment in February 5, 1946.  I was buried at All Saints Churchyard Harrow Weald in London, England.
Who Am I?

  1. George Arliss

  2. George Muni

  3. James Dyke

4) I was born on April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I married Doris Rankin in 1904 and Irene Fenwick in 1923. I began his stage career in the mid 1890s acting with my grandmother Louisa. In 1931, I won an Academy Award for my role of an alcoholic lawyer in A Free Soul (1931), after having been nominated in 1930 for Best Director for Madame X. I played the irascible Doctor Gillespie in a series of Doctor Kildare movies in the 1930s and 1940s, repeating the role in the radio series throughout the 1940s.  I died on November 15, 1954 from a heart attack in Van Nuys, California, and was entombed in the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.
Who Am I?

  1. Wallace Beery

  2. Maurice Chevalier

  3. Lionel Barrymore

5) I was born Ernest Bickel in Racine, Wisconsin.  I began a career as a banker, but an emergency appendectomy caused me to reevaluate his life, and in 1920 I began working as an extra in movies made in New York City. In 1930, I was nominated for an Oscar for The Royal Family of Broadway. I won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1932 for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and again in 1946 for The Best Years of Our Lives. I was married twice: Ellis Baker (1921-1927) and Florence Eldridge (1927-1975). I won two Best Actor Tony Awards: in 1947 for the play Years Ago, written by Ruth Gordon; and in 1957 for my performance as James Tyrone in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.  I underwent major surgery for prostate cancer in 1970, it seemed my career was over, yet I managed to give one last great performance in The Iceman Cometh (1973), as the complicated Irish bartender, Harry Hope. Coincidentally, co-star Robert Ryan was entering the final stages of lung cancer, so the film was the last for both Ryan and me. I died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 77 from cancer on April 14 1975. I am buried at my Estate in New Milford, Connecticut.
Who Am I?

  1. Jackie Cooper

  2. Richard Dix

  3. Frederick March

6) I was born April 1, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri. I joined the Ringling Brothers circus at age sixteen as an assistant elephant trainer. I left two years later, after being clawed by a leopard. In 1915, I starred with my wife Gloria Swanson in Sweedie Goes to College. This marriage did not survive my drinking and abuse. I appeared in the highly-successful 1930 prison film The Big House, for which I was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The same year, I made Min and Bill (opposite Marie Dressler), the movie that vaulted me into the box office first rank. I followed with The Champ in 1931, this time winning the Best Actor Oscar, and the role of Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1934). My second wife was Rita Gilman. We adopted Carol Ann. Like my first, this marriage also ended in divorce. On April 15, 1949, I died at my Beverly Hills, California home of a heart attack at the age of 64. I was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California.
Who Am I?

  1. Wallace Beery

  2. Maurice Chevalier

  3. Ronald Colman

7) I was an English Academy Award-winning stage and film actor, screenwriter, producer and one-time director. I was born on July 1, 1899 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. I became an American citizen in 1950. I started work in the family hotel business, while participating in amateur theatricals in Scarborough. Finally allowed by my family to become a drama student at RADA in 1925, I made my first professional stage appearance on April 28, 1926 at the Barnes Theatre, as Osip in the comedy The Government Inspector, in which I also appeared at the London Gaiety Theatre in May. My association with film director Alexander Korda began in 1933 with The Private Life of Henry VIII (loosely based on the life of King Henry VIII of England), for which I won an Academy Award. I had a long and resilient marriage to actress Elsa Lanchester. We both received Academy Award nominations for their performances in Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - me for Best Actor, and Elsa for Best Supporting Actress - but neither won. My cremated remains are interred in the Court of Remembrance courtyard, at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Who Am I?

  1. Alfred Lunt

  2. Richard Dix

  3. Charles Laughton

8) I was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. I was an American film actor, nicknamed "The King of Hollywood" in my heyday. I was mistakenly listed as a female on my birth certificate. In 1924, with Josephine Dillon's financial aid, we went to Hollywood, where she became my manager and first wife. My first role in a sound picture was as the villain in a low-budget William Boyd western called The Painted Desert (1931). In 1930, Josephine Dillon and I were divorced. A few days later, I married Texas socialite Ria Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham. After moving to California, we were married again in 1931. I was considered for the role of Tarzan but lost out to Johnny Weissmuller's better physique and superior swimming prowess. My unshaven lovemaking with bra-less Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made me MGM's most important star. I was not the first choice to play the lead role of Peter Warne in It Happened One Night. Robert Montgomery was originally offered the role, but he felt that the script was poor. I won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1934 performance in the film. I also earned an Academy Award nomination when I portrayed Fletcher Christian in 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty. My marriage in 1939 to my third wife, successful actress Carole Lombard was a happy time.

On January 16, 1942, Lombard, who had just finished her 57th film, To Be or Not to Be, was on a tour to sell war bonds when the twin-engine DC-3 she was traveling in crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas, killing all aboard including Lombard's mother and MGM staff publicist Otto Winkler (best man at my wedding to Lombard). My last film was The Misfits, written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and co-starring Marilyn Monroe, Eli Wallach, and Montgomery Clift. I died in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 1960, the result of a heart attack ten days after suffering a severe coronary thrombosis. I was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California beside Carole Lombard.
Who Am I?

  1. Clark Gable

  2. Frank Morgan

  3. William Powell

9) On December 10, 1886, I was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. I left home at fourteen to join the British Army with the intention of fighting in the Second Boer War. However, much to my chagrin, I was stationed at Windsor Castle with the Life Guards and was later forced to leave the army when my true age was discovered. I moved to Canada, where I earned a living as a wrestler and heavyweight boxer, with several notable wins in the ring. I served for a time as military Provost Marshal for the city of Baghdad. I also continued boxing, and was named Heavyweight Champion of the British Army in 1918. After the war, I began taking roles in British silent films. My career took a surprise turn in the 1920s, when I moved to Hollywood. I became a popular character actor, with a particular knack for playing drunks. The highlight of my career was an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Informer (1935). Near the end of my career, I was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actor, for his role opposite John Wayne in The Quiet Man (1952). I died of a heart attack in 1959. I had by that time become a naturalized U.S. citizen and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
Who Am I?

  1. Victor McLaglen

  2. Charles Laughton

  3. Franchot Tone

10) I was an American Academy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning stage and film actor. On September 22, 1895, I was born Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund to a Jewish family in Lemberg, Galicia, a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Lviv, Ukraine. My family emigrated to the United States in 1902. Both of my parents were actors with the Yiddish theatre. I began acting on Broadway in 1926. My first role, that of an elderly Jewish man in the play We Americans, was written by playwrights Max Siegel and Milton Herbert Gropper; it was also the first time that I ever acted in English. In 1929, I received an Oscar nomination for my first film The Valiant. I won a long-overdue Oscar for my performance in the biographical drama The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936).

I was nominated for a total of five Academy Awards, an impressive number by any standard but all the more remarkable for me since I only appeared in twenty-five films throughout my career. I made a triumphant return to Broadway, winning a Tony Award in 1956 for the role of Henry Drummond in the play Inherit the Wind. I retired from filmmaking in 1959, soon after receiving my fifth Academy Award nomination for The Last Angry Man. I died in Montecito, California in 1967 at the age of 71. I am buried at Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, Plot: Plains of Abraham (formerly Section 14), grave 57.
Who Am I?

  1. Paul Muni

  2. William Powell

  3. Spencer Tracy

11) I was a two-time Academy Award winning actor of stage and screen, who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. I am generally regarded as one of the finest actors in motion picture history. I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 5, 1900. I left school in spring 1917 to enlist in the Navy with the American entry into World War I, but I remained in Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia throughout the war. Up the River (1930) is a comedy film about escaped convicts, directed by John Ford and featuring Humphrey Bogart and me in our feature film debuts.

I won the Academy Award for Best Actor two years in a row, for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938). I was also nominated for San Francisco (1936), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and posthumously for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Laurence Olivier and I share the record for the most nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. On June 10, 1967 (aged 67), seventeen days after filming had completed on my last film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, with Katharine Hepburn, I died from a heart attack after suffering from lung congestion. I was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Glendale, California at Plot: Garden of Everlasting Peace.
Who Am I?

  1. Robert Montgomery

  2. Paul Muni

  3. Spencer Tracy

12) I was an English Academy Award-winning film and stage actor. I was born on March 18, 1905 in Withington, Manchester, England. My most successful films included The Ghost Goes West (1935), Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935), The Citadel (1938), for which he received I first Oscar nomination, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). For the last, I won the Academy Award for Best Actor, beating out Clark Gable for Gone with the Wind, Laurence Olivier for Wuthering Heights, James Stewart for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Mickey Rooney for Babes in Arms. I was twice married, first to Ella Annesley Voysey (1929-1946), with whom I had three children, and subsequently to British actress Renee Asherson (1953-1958). I died on June 9,1958 age 53 in London, England. I am buried at Saint Marylebone Cemetery and Crematorium in Finchley, London, England at Plot: Section 8.
Who Am I?

  1. James Cagney

  2. Robert Donat

  3. Leslie Howard

Academy Award for Best Actor
1927 to 1939 FUN Trivia

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