Fredric March

Fredric March


8/31/1897, Racine, Wisconsin, USA



Birth Name

Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel


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Fredric March was born August 31, 1897 in Racine, Wisconsin. He went into bankingat an early age; however, an emergency appendectomy inspired him to follow hisdream instead and become an actor. After working as a movie extra, he graduated toacting roles on Broadway and by 1930 was in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Fredric was married twice, to Ellis Baker from 1924 to 1927, and to Florence Eldridge from May 30, 1927 to his death on April 14, 1975.

    • Fredric was mentioned by Marlon Brando as being his favorite actor in his youth.

    • Fredric was nominated twice in 1955 for the Emmy for Best Actor In A Single Performance for the Best Of Broadway episode "The Royal Family" and the Shower Of Stars episode of "A Christmas Carol." He was also nominated for the same award in 1957 for the Producers' Showcase episode "Dodsworth."

    • Fredric despised his I Married A Witch (1942) co-star Veronica Lake so much he was often quoted as calling the film "I Married A Bitch."

    • Frederic and his wife Florence Eldridge, together with CBS journalist Charles Collingwood, collaborated together in 1962 on a 12-albums series called "The Sounds Of History" for Time-Life Records. Collingwood was the narrator, and Fredric and Florence gave dramatic readings of poetry, literature, and historical documents.

    • Fredric got his stage name from the maternal name of his mother, Marcher.

    • Fredric narrated a 78 RPM Decca record album of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant", with music by Lehman Engel in 1945.

    • Fredric appeared in a magazine advertisment for Coca Cola in 1933.

    • Fredric turned down the role of Peter Warne in It Happened One Night (1934) and the part went to Clark Gable.

    • Fredric was considered for The Garden Of Allah (1936) to play the monk Boris Androvsky but the part wound up going to Charles Boyer.

    • Fredric won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Actor in Death Of A Salesman (1951) and was nominated twice later for the same award for Middle Of The Night (1959) and Seven Days In May (1964).

    • Fredric was a banking executive before going into acting full-time.

    • Fredric has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1616 Vine Street.

    • Fredric was 5 feet 10 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Fredric March: 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.

    • Fredric March: Keep interested in others; keep interested in the wide and wonderful world. Then in a spiritual sense you will always be young.

    • (Commenting how he and Wallace Beery, both won the Oscars for Best Actor in 1931-32 due to a tie, also adopted children as well)
      Fredric March: It seems a little odd that we were both given awards for the best male performance of the year.

    • Fredric March: Co-starring with Garbo hardly constituted an introduction.