Russian-American Actor

Michael Chekhov

  • Aug 29, 1891 - Sep 30, 1955 (age 64)
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1955
Michael Chekhov
PersonalSeptember 1955

Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov passed away.
1954
Rhapsody
MovieMar 11, 1954

Rhapsody

Spoiled heiress Louise Durant (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) …
Spoiled heiress Louise Durant (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite knowing that she does not have the talent nor desire to be a professional pianist. She is going there to follow her new boyfriend, violinist Paul Bronte (Vittorio Gassman), who is completing his final year of studies there, and who she hopes eventually to marry. Not even knowing Paul, this move does not sit well with Louise's father, Nicholas Durant (Louis Calhern), as he values success over all else, and Paul is not a success. Louise hopes to find her place in Paul's musical life, she does not truly understand the all-consuming passion he and many of the other students have for music. In her view of their world, Louise finds that she cannot be a complementary figure in that musical life as she wants, but is in direct competition with it. As such, some students resent Louise for taking away from Paul's talent, while others resent Paul for believing he can give in to Louise's non-musical whims while believing that he is not sacrificing his music. While Paul may ultimately have to choose between the violin and Louise especially, as he seems to be on the brink of stardom, pianist James Guest (John Ericson), a freshman at the Conservatory who lives in the same building as Louise, seems like he is willing to give up everything for Louise as he is falling in love with her. In Paul and John possessing the true talent to make it big, they may end up resenting Louise if they choose her over their music. Louise has to find a way to foster their music while still being part of their lives in her love.
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1952
Holiday for Sinners
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MovieJul 25, 1952

Holiday for Sinners

Three men, reared together in New Orleans, but whose paths …
Three men, reared together in New Orleans, but whose paths have drifted apart, each face a crisis during the last weekend of Mardi Gras: Dr. Jason Kent must decide between accepting a chance to become famous as a research scientist, which will mean leaving New Orleans and giving up the girl he loves, Susan Corvier, or staying in his father's practice among the poor; Father Victor Carducci is refused permission to open an independent clinic and is thinking of leaving the Church; Punch-drunk prizefighter Joe Piavi is mainly operating in a survival mode and is trying to collect $1500 owed to him by his former manager Mike Hennighan. When he finds out about the debt, brash reporter Danny Farber, not above a double-cross when it means gain for him, needles Hennighan about Joe, and then tells Joe that Henninghan is threatening to send him to an asylum. The paths of Jason, Father Carducci and J!
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Invitation
MovieJan 29, 1952

Invitation

Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust …
Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her.
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1948
Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
MovieJul 16, 1948

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven

A would-be playwright and a …
A would-be playwright and a young woman escaping from a job at a gas station meet cute and fall in love.
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1946
Abie's Irish Rose
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MovieDec 21, 1946

Abie's Irish Rose

Cultures clash when a Jewish boy wants to marry an Irish girl.
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Cross My Heart
MovieDec 18, 1946

Cross My Heart

This 1946 production/1947 release is a slight remake of 1937's …
This 1946 production/1947 release is a slight remake of 1937's "True Confession"---Hutton sings three songs and Carole Lombard didn't---with the heroine not adverse to telling a small (or big) white lie when she deems the situation can be improved. Peggy Harper (Betty Hutton)moves from the chorus line to the position of private secretary to a pawing producer, primarily so her lawyer-fiancee Oliver Clarke (Sonny Tufts)can be the benefactor of the producer's truck-load legal business. But she is forced to flee the office one night, to protect her assets, and leaves her hat, coat and purse behind. It should come as no surprise that the producer turns up dead and Peggy is accused of the deed...especially with Preston Sturges-favorite Alan Bridge the detective working the case. Peggy, not doing a whole lot to prove otherwise, is soon on trial for murder.
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Specter of the Rose
MovieJul 5, 1946

Specter of the Rose

Ballet dancer Andre Sanine (Ivan Kirov) may have murdered …
Ballet dancer Andre Sanine (Ivan Kirov) may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Andre is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi (Viola Essen), a ballerina, marries him. The company takes its new production on tour. But Andre's control seems to be slipping.
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1945
Spellbound
MovieOct 31, 1945

Spellbound

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient …
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.
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Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1945

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "Spellbound".
Academy Award
1944
In Our Time
MovieFeb 11, 1944

In Our Time

It is early 1939 in Poland when Mrs. Bromley and Jennifer come …
It is early 1939 in Poland when Mrs. Bromley and Jennifer come to buy antiques for her business in London. Jennifer meets Count Stephen and they wine, dine and see the sights though out the city. He wishes to marry, but his family is against plain Jennifer. When she tries to leave, he catches her at the train station and they are married. To be self sufficient, they modernize the family farm with tractors and increase production, but then Germany starts the war.
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Song of Russia
MovieFeb 1, 1944

Song of Russia

In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John …
In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village.
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1930
Troika
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MovieApr 9, 1930

Troika

Troika is a 1930 German drama film directed by Vladimir …
Troika is a 1930 German drama film directed by Vladimir Strizhevsky and starring Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Hilde von Stolz and Olga Tschechowa. Originally shot as a silent film, a soundtrack and sound effects were subsequently added.
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Phantoms of Happiness
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MovieJan 2, 1930

Phantoms of Happiness

Phantoms of Happiness …
Phantoms of Happiness (German: Phantome des Glücks) is a 1930 German drama film directed by Reinhold Schünzel and starring Michael Chekhov, Karina Bell and Gaston Modot. It was originally made as a silent, then re-released in 1930 with an added soundtrack. The film's art direction was by Heinz Fenchel and Jacek Rotmil.
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1929
Der Narr seiner Liebe
MovieAug 1, 1929

Der Narr seiner Liebe

Foolishness of His Love …
Foolishness of His Love (German: Der Narr seiner Liebe) is a 1929 German silent film directed by Olga Tschechowa and starring Michael Chekhov, Dolly Davis and Alice Roberts. The film's art direction was by Andrej Andrejew.
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1927
Man from the Restaurant
MovieJun 12, 1927

Man from the Restaurant

An elderly man works as a …
An elderly man works as a waiter at a luxurious restaurant. He's content and full of hope, and treasures his family more than anything. But it's time of the First World War and news from the front change his life.
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1918
Ksenya Karlovna Ziller
MarriageJune 1918

Ksenya Karlovna Ziller

Married Ksenya Karlovna Ziller.
1916
Ada Tschechowa
ChildSeptember 1916

Ada Tschechowa

Ada Michajlowna Tschechowa (Russian: Ада Михайловна …
Ada Michajlowna Tschechowa (Russian: Ада Михайловна Чехова, 9 September 1916 – 28 January 1966) was a Russo-German actress and music manager.
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1915
Olga Tschechowa
Marriage1915

Olga Tschechowa

Olga Konstantinovna Chekhova (née. Knipper, Russian: …
Olga Konstantinovna Chekhova (née. Knipper, Russian: Ольга Константиновна Чехова; 14 April 1897 – 9 March 1980) was a Russian-German actress. Her film roles include the female lead in Alfred Hitchcock's Mary (1931).
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1913
Tryokhsotletie tsarstvovaniya doma Romanovykh
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MovieFeb 16, 1913

Tryokhsotletie tsarstvovaniya doma Rom…

Very loyal, respectful survey …
Very loyal, respectful survey of 300 years of Russian history, from the "Time of Troubles" (Polish invasion) in 1613 to the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 1913.The coronation of the first Romanov, Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov (played by young Michael Chekhov) is an early highlight, after the Russian defenders finally beat off the Polish invaders. (Co-director Larin & several actors were injured in the battle scenes.) Film concludes with celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian victory in the War of 1812. Also included is documentary footage of the coronation of the last Romanov, Nicholas II, in 1896.
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1891
Michael Chekhov
BirthAugust 1891

Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov was born.
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