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)
The Red Kimona (1925)
Paiint and Powder (1925)
Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)
Man's Law (1927)
Should Tall Men Marry? (short) (1928)
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