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Roman Bohnen

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Acclaimed actor who was simply a part of New York’s exclusive Group Theater collective and made an appearance in the 1948 version of Joan of Arc. After showing up in Of Mice and Males, he performed Pat Derry in THE VERY BEST Many years of Our Lives. He produced his Broadway debut inside a 1931 creation of as Husbands Proceed, and 2 yrs later was asked to become listed on the Group Theater, where he made an appearance in several takes on by Clifford Odets. He collapsed from a fatal coronary attack during a creation of the Distant Isle in 1949 – the same 12 months he was blacklisted by Hollywood. He previously a daughter called Marina along with his wife, Hilda. He was solid as Chief executive Harry Truman in the MGM docu-drama about the atomic bomb entitled, THE START or the finish. The true Truman evidently disliked the portrayal.

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Full Name Roman Bohnen
Date Of Birth November 24, 1894
Died February 24, 1949, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Saint Paul, MN
Profession Movie Actor
Education University of Minnesota
Nationality American
Spouse Hilda Bohnen
Children Marina Bohnen
Parents Lottie Johnston, Carl Bohnen
Movies The Best Years of Our Lives, The Song of Bernadette, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Arch of Triumph, Of Mice and Men, Joan of Arc, Brute Force, None but the Lonely Heart, The Tell-Tale Heart, Mr. Soft Touch, So Ends Our Night, The Hoodlum Saint, The Hard Way, Counter-Attack, The Hairy Ape, Young America, California, Winter Wonderland, Song of Love, Grand Central Murder, Mission to Moscow, Edge of Darkness, Deadline at Dawn, Night Has a Thousand Eyes, The Hitler Gang, Two Years Before the Mast, Miss Susie Slagle's, The Bugle Sounds, Appointment for Love, The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine, 52nd Street, Kazan
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1He was one of the original members of the Group Theatre (1931-40), the acting ensemble that brought the Konstantin Stanislavski system to the Broadway theater, changing the style of American acting. A few of its members became Hollywood stars--Franchot Tone and John Garfield--but, on the dissolution of the company, many of its members found work as well-paid character actors in Hollywood films. Bohnen was also one of the founders of the Actors Lab in Los Angeles, the place where Marilyn Monroe first studied acting seriously.
2He was blacklisted during the "McCarthy-era Red Scare" in 1949, and some believe that this contributed to his fatal heart attack that year.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Soft Touch1949Barney Teener
Kazan1949Maitlin
Your Show Time1949TV Series
Joan of Arc1948Durand Laxart (Joan's uncle)
Night Has a Thousand Eyes1948Melville Weston
Arch of Triumph1948Dr. Veber
Open Secret1948Roy Locke
For You I Die1947Smitty
Song of Love1947Dr. Hoffman
Brute Force1947Warden A.J. Barnes
California1947Col. Stuart
The Best Years of Our Lives1946Pat Derry
Mr. Ace1946Prof. Joshua L. Adams
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers1946Mr. O'Neil
Winter Wonderland1946Timothy Wheeler
The Hoodlum Saint1946Father O'Doul
Deadline at Dawn1946Frantic Man with Injured Cat
Two Years Before the Mast1946Macklin
Miss Susie Slagle's1946Dean Wingate
A Bell for Adano1945Carl Erba (cart man)
Counter-Attack1945Kostyuk
None But the Lonely Heart1944Dad Pettyjohn
The Hairy Ape1944Paddy
The Hitler Gang1944Captain Ernst Röhm
The Song of Bernadette1943François Soubirous
Mission to Moscow1943Mr. Krestinsky
Edge of Darkness1943Lars Malken
The Hard Way1943Sam Chernen (uncredited)
Grand Central Murder1942Ramon
The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine1942Tom Forbes / Jimmy Valentine
Young America1942Mr. Barnes
The Bugle Sounds1942Mr. Leech
Appointment for Love1941Dr. Gunther
The Tell-Tale Heart1941ShortOld Man
They Dare Not Love1941Baron Shafter (uncredited)
So Ends Our Night1941Mr. Kern
Of Mice and Men1939Candy
52nd Street1937James
Vogues of 19381937Morgan's Lawyer (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghost Treasure1941Documentary shortPete Wilkins (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MGM Parade1956TV SeriesPete Wilkins in 'Ghost Treasure'

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