Nils Asther (1897–1981)

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Nils Asther was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1897 and raised in Malmö, Sweden, by his wealthy Swedish parents. After attending the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm, he began his stage career in Copenhagen. His film debut came in 1916 when the director Mauritz Stiller cast him in the lead role (as an aspiring actor, appropriately ... See full bio »

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The Man in Half Moon Street Dr. Julian Karell
The Cossacks Prince Olenin Stieshneff
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 1963 Suddenly, a Woman!
 1962 Lady in White
Simon Ek
 1961 Svenska Floyd
Vincent Mitella
 1960 När mörkret faller
Tord Ekstedt, Vicar
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
Kurt von Obersdorf
- Dodsworth (1954) ... Kurt von Obersdorf
 1953 That Man from Tangier
 1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1951-1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Baron Hauser / Norstad
- Something to Celebrate (1952) ... Baron Hauser
- Stolen Years (1951) ... Norstad
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Jack Corvello
- The Come-Back (1951) ... Jack Corvello
 1949 Samson and Delilah
Prince (uncredited)
 1948 The Feathered Serpent
Prof. Paul Evans
 1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye
Tony Linnard
 1945 Jealousy
Peter Urban
 1945 Son of Lassie
 1945 The Man in Half Moon Street
Dr. Julian Karell
 1944 Alaska
Thomas Leroux
 1944 Bluebeard
Inspector Jacques Lefevre
 1944 The Hour Before the Dawn
Kurt van der Breughel
 1943 Mystery Broadcast
Ricky Moreno
 1943 Submarine Alert
Dr. Arthur Huneker
 1942 Night Monster
Agor Singh
 1942 Sweater Girl
Prof. Henri Menard
 1942 The Night Before the Divorce
Victor Roselle
 1941 The Night of January 16th
Bjorn Faulkner
 1941 Flying Blind
Eric Karolek
 1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
Constanzo Labardi
 1941 Forced Landing
Colonel Jan Golas
 1941 The Man Who Lost Himself
Peter Ransome
 1938 Hate in Paradise
Tony Drake
 1937 Make-Up
 1936 Guilty Melody
 1936 The Prisoner of Corbal
 1935 Abdul the Damned
Chief of Police Kadar-Pasha
 1934 Love Time
Franz Schubert
 1934 The Love Captive
Dr. Alexis Collender
 1934 The Crime Doctor
Gary Patten
 1934 Madame Spy
Captain Franck
 1933 By Candlelight
Prince Alfred von Rommer
 1933 If I Were Free
Tono Cazenove
 1933 The Right to Romance
Dr. Helmuth Heppling
 1933 Storm at Daybreak
Captain Geza Petery
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
 1932 Letty Lynton
Emile Renaul
 1932 -But the Flesh Is Weak
Prince Paul
 1930 The Sea Bat
 1929 The Single Standard
Packy Cannon
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929
Nils Asther (scenes deleted)
 1929 Wild Orchids
Prince De Gace
 1928 Dream of Love
Prince Maurice de Saxe
 1928 Our Dancing Daughters
 1928 The Cardboard Lover
 1928 Loves of an Actress
 1928 The Cossacks
Prince Olenin Stieshneff
 1928 Laugh, Clown, Laugh
 1928 The Blue Danube
Erich von Statzen
 1927 Sorrell and Son
Christopher 'Kit' Sorrell
 1927/I Topsy and Eva
George Shelby
 1927 Hotelratten
Fürst Ladrone
 1927 Gauner im Frack
George Valeska
 1926 Wrath of the Seas
Tropedooffizier Günther Adenried
 1926 Das süße Mädel
The Prince's Son
 1926 The Golden Butterfly
Andy, sein Sohn
 1926 Adventure Mad
Reginald Ellis
 1925 Finale der Liebe
Dr. Gaston Lasar
 1925 Briefe, die ihn nicht erreichten
Georg von Arnim
 1924 The Amazing Elopement
Charles Dupont
 1924 Carl XII:s kurir
 1923 The Nurtull Gang
Baby's Fiancé
 1922 Vem dömer
 1920 Gyurkovicsarna
Bandi Gyurkovics
 1918 Solen der dræbte
 1918 A Trip to Mars
Wounded Martian Citizen (uncredited)
 1918 Retten sejrer
 1917 Hittebarnet (Short)
 1916 Vingarne
Aspiring actor
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He had one daughter, Evelyn Roseta Duncan Asther. She was born on January 29, 1931 in Bavaria and died on November 26, 2011 in Fresno, California at age 80. See more »

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