Born 1912 as Kornél Lajos Weisz in Privigye, Kingdom of Hungary (now Prievidza, Slovakia), Hungarian-American actor Cornel Wilde began made his Broadway debut in 1935 in Moon Over Mulberry Street. He also appeared in Love Is Not So Simple, Daughters of Etreus, and Having Wonderful Time.
Wilde was then signed by 20th Century Fox who gave him a good role in a B picture The Perfect Snob (1941). It was followed by a war movie Manila Calling (1942). He was the romantic male lead in Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942), and supported Sonja Henie in Wintertime (1943).
By the mid-1940s, Wilde was a major leading man. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 1945’s A Song to Remember.
In the 1950s, Wilde moved to writing, producing and directing films, and still continued his career as an actor. He died of leukemia in 1989, three days after his 77th birthday. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Cornel Wilde has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1635 Vine Street.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of Cornel Wilde in the 1940s and 1950s.