Olaf Fønss

Olaf Holger Axel Fønss (17 October 1882 11 March 1949) was a Danish actor, director, producer, film censor and one of Denmark and Germany's biggest stars of the silent film era.[1]

Olaf Fønss
Olaf Fønss
Born
Olaf Holger Axel Fønss

(1882-10-17)17 October 1882
Died11 March 1949(1949-03-11) (aged 66)
OccupationActor, Director, Producer
Film Censor
Union Leader
Years active19031947
Spouse(s)Thilda Elisabeth Lilja Johnsen
Else Dorthea Bast
RelativesAage Fønss (brother)

Career

Fønss' leading role in the 1913 Danish classic Atlantis made his face recognizable to movie fans. It was his role as the mad-scientist in the 1916 German science fiction film series, Homunculus, that earned Fønss status as a top matinee idol.[2] In the 1930s, Fønss became politically active by directing two films for Denmark's Socialdemokratiske Parti (Social Democracy Party), Den Store Dag (1930) and Under Den Gamle Fane (1932).[3] He was president of the Danish Actor's Union from 19331947 and was a censor for the National Film Censor of Denmark for 14 years.[1] Fønss was the older brother of actors Johannes and Aage Fønss.

Filmography

As actor

  • Vask, videnskab og velvære (1932)
  • Die seltsame Vergangenheit der Thea Carter (1929) ... a.k.a. The Unusual Past of Thea Carter (International: English title)
  • Ich lebe für Dich (1929) ... a.k.a. Triumph of Love (USA)
  • Die Waise von Lowood (1926) ... a.k.a. Orphan of Lowood (International: English title)
  • Lace (1926)
  • Vajsenhusbarn (1926)
  • Fra Piazza del Popolo (1925)... a.k.a. 'Mists of the Past (UK)
  • Das Unbekannte Morgen (1923) ... a.k.a. The Unknown Tomorrow
  • Das Indische Grabmal: Die Sendung des Yoghi (1921) ... a.k.a. The Indian Tomb: Part I, the Mission of the Yogi (USA: video title)
  • A Debt of Honour (1921)
  • Der Gang in die Nacht (1921) ... a.k.a. The Dark Road (USA)
  • Elskovs Magt (1921)
  • Hendes Fortid (1921)
  • Das Indische Grabmal: Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1921) ... a.k.a. The Indian Tomb: Part II, the Tiger of Bengal (USA: video title)
  • Munkens Fristelser (1921)
  • Bajadser (1919)
  • Præsten fra Havet (1918)
  • Dommens dag (1918)
  • Hævneren (1918)
  • Lægen (1918)
  • Fangen fra Erie County (1918)
  • Gengældelsens Ret (1917)
  • Selskabsdamen (1916)
  • Verdens Undergang (1916) ... a.k.a. The End of the World (USA)
  • Gentlemansekretæren (1916)
  • Syndens datter (1916)
  • Hendes ungdomsforelskelse (1916)
  • Homunculus -- film series 1 through six (1916)
  • Cowboymillionæren (1915)
  • Lille Teddy (1915)
  • Den Hvide Rytterske (1915)
  • Ned Med Vaabnene (1914) ... a.k.a. Down with Weapons (USA)
  • Af Elskovs Naade (1914)
  • En Stærkere Magt (1914)
  • Atlantis (1913)
  • Under Mindernes Træ (1913)
  • Zigeurnerorkestret (1912)
  • Bryggerens Datter (1912) ... a.k.a. The Brewer's Daughter (literal English title)
  • Dødsridtet (1912)

As director

  • Hævneren (1919)
  • Samvittighedskvaler (1920)
  • B.T.'s amatørfilm (1923)
  • Den store Dag (1930)
  • Under den gamle Fane (1932)

References

  1. "Olaf Fønss". Den Danske Filmdatabase (The Danish Film Database). Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  2. Kreimeier, Klaus; Kimber, Robert; Kimber, Rita (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press. p. 51. ISBN 0-520-22069-2.
  3. "Olaf Fønss 1882-1949". Fakta om Film. Det Danske Filminstitut. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
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