Fredric March, Award Winner - MovieActors.com

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March in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

Fredric March, Best Actor 1932 & 1946: MovieActors.com

1932: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Horror)

Fredric March received his first Oscar for playing the tormented two-faced
doctor in this classic horror story created by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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1946: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (Drama)

Fredric March received his second oscar for playing the war veteran who returns to a civilian life and a family that seem alien to him after years of combat. 

ABOUT FREDRIC MARCH (1897 - 1975)

Born in Racine, Wisconsin March was a respected Broadway stage and screen actor, who became a popular movie star of the thirties and forties.  Fredric March's real name was Frederick McIntyre Bickel.  March Had a long marriage to actress Florence Eldridge and frequently acted in Broadway plays with her.

March won the Oscar for Best Actor for DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931) and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946). In addition, Fredric March was nominated for his portrayal of John Barrymore in THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY (1930). 

In 1937, he was also nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of an alcoholic star on his way down, in A STAR IS BORN.  Janet Gayno played the young hopeful starlet he marries in the last hour of his success.

Frederick March commented on the Hollywood machine:  "Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There's all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion. Then the undignified position of hanging on while your popularity is declining."

In 1951, Frederic March played the anguished Will Loman in the film adaptation of DEATH OF A SALESMAN and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. 

Frederic March philosophized on the difference between being an actor in movies and on the stage.  "Pictures are physically tiring; the theater is mentally tiring. Pictures last, the theater is built on sand. But I am grateful for my theater experience."

THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY (1931)
A STAR IS BORN (1937)
DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1951)

Fredric March's other credits include:

THE AFFAIRS OF CELLINI (1934)
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (1934)
LES MISERABLES (1935)
ANNA KARENINA (1935)
MARY OF SCOTLAND (1936)
ANTHONY ADVERSE (1936)
NOTHING SACRED (1937)
THE BUCCANEER (1938)
ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (1941)
I MARRIED A WITCH (1942)
THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN (1944)
DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1951)
EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954)
ALEXANDER THE GREAT (1956)
THE MAN IN THE GREY FLANNEL SUIT (1956)
INHERIT THE WIND (1960)
SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964)
HOMBRE (1967)
TICK TICK TICK (1970)
THE ICEMAN COMETH  (1973)

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Fredrick March with his co-stars in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

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Fredrick March with his co-stars in SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964)

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