Bernard Siegel (actor)

Bernard Siegel (April 19, 1868 – July 9, 1940) was an Austro-Hungarian born American character actor, whose career spanned both the silent film era, as well as carrying over into the beginning of sound pictures. His career spanned over 25 years, during which time he appeared in over 50 films.

Bernard Siegel
Still from The Love Nest (1922) with Siegel at right
Born(1868-04-19)April 19, 1868
DiedJuly 9, 1940(1940-07-09) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1913–1939

Life and career

Siegel was born in the city of Lemberg (today known as Lviv, Ukraine), in the province of Galicia in the Austria-Hungarian Empire on April 19, 1868. His film career began with a small featured role in the 1913 silent film, The Third Degree (which would be remade in 1919, and again in 1926, the latter film being the first film directed by Michael Curtiz[1]). Over the next 26 years he would appear in almost 70 films, most of those films taking place during the silent era. He would only act in thirteen sound films.[2]

Siegel would die in 1940 of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 72.


(Filmography based on the AFI database, with supplemental information from Media Bang)[2]

Year Title Role Notes
1913 The Third Degree Dr. Bernstein
1914 The Daughters of Men Oscar Lackett
1914 The Wolf Baptiste Le Grand
1914 Threads of Destiny Isaac Gruenstein
1914 The Fortune Hunter Mr. Lee
1915 The Rights of Man: a Story of War's Red Blotch Karl
1915 The Great Ruby Hans, a porter
1916 Souls in Bondage Mr. Brenner
1917 The Maelstrom Dago Sam
1917 The Glory of Yolanda Paul
1917 Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation Carl, the spy
1917 The Message of the Mouse Valet
1917 Arsene Lupin Charolais
1917 The Grell Mystery Ivan
1917 The Stolen Treaty Riddle
1917 Within the Law Tom Dacey
1918 The Triumph of the Weak Brown
1918 Hoarded Assets
1918 The Green God Li Min
1918 Everybody's Girl Millinery shop proprietor
1918 The Song of the Soul Oelsen
1918 The Woman Between Friends
1918 All Man Ryan
1918 The Golden Goal
1919 In Honor's Web Norman Cobb
1919 The Man Who Won Seymour
1919 The Cambric Mask David Creed
1919 Silent Strength Tom Tripp
1920 The Flaming Clue Rabeet
1920 Dead Men Tell No Tales Braithwaite
1920 The Birth of a Soul Sheriff
1921 The Heart of Maryland Provost-Sergeant Blount
1922 A Stage Romance Mr. Sleeker
1922 The Man Who Paid Anton Barbier
1922 The Madness of Love Sim Calloway
1922 The Love Nest Sim Corwin
1923 None So Blind Saul Cohen
1923 Sidewalks of New York
1923 Where Is This West? Indian servant
1924 The Next Corner The stranger
1924 Emblems of Love
1924 The 40th Door Tew Fick Pasha
1924 Against All Odds Lewis
1924 Romance Ranch Felipe Varillo
1925 The Spaniard Manuel
1925 Wild Horse Mesa Toddy Nokin
1925 The Phantom of the Opera Joseph Buguet
1925 The Crimson Runner Alfred Schreber
1925 The Vanishing American Do Etin
1926 Going Crooked
1928 Laugh, Clown, Laugh Simon
1928 Stand and Deliver Blind Operator
1928 The Divine Sinner Johan Ludwig


  1. "Michael Curtiz: biography". TCM Archive Materials. Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  2. "Bernard Siegel". American Film Institute. Retrieved September 30, 2014.

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