Sunday 19 August 2012

Victor Kilian

Born: 6 March 1891 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died: 11 March 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA

Was a vaudeville and stock company performer before being cast in the Broadway production 'Desire Under the Elms' directed by Walter Huston. Whilst in New York on stage he appeared in a few films before making the move to Hollywood in 1935. During a fight scene for the John Wayne film Reap the Wild Wind (1942) he was injured and lost the sight in one eye. He played supporting roles in many films until the 1950s when he was blacklisted during the McCarthy trials for his political leanings. He returned to the stage almost exclusively save for a handful of television roles. His Broadway career continued and he appeared in a total of 26 productions between 1926 and 1962. In the 1970s he returned to film and television. Victor Kilian was murdered in his apartment during a burglary.

Convict's Code (1939) as C.W. Bennett

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) as Esmeralda's hangman (uncredited)

With Maureen O'Hara.

Invisible Stripes (1939) as Loading dock foreman (uncredited)

With George Raft.

Barnyard Follies (1940) as Hiram Crabtree

A Date with the Falcon (1942) as Max Carlson

Uncertain Glory (1944) as Latour (uncredited)

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