Fredric March was born August 31, 1897, in Racine Wisconson. One of the finest actors who ever worked onscreen, March resisted typecasting by the studios--and, in fact, refused long-term contracts, hand-picking roles with incredible success. Bitten by the acting bug while studying economics in college, he participated in campus dramatics. After working in bit roles for several years (during which time he also worked as an extra in New York-made films, beginning with 1921's The Devil), he won his first Broadway lead in 1926.
March, a versatile stage and screen actor is associated with horror films because of one role--the 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (directed by Rouben Mamoulian) , for which he won an Academy Award. Despite being handicapped by an excessive amount of make-up and some awkward-looking front teeth when appearing as Hyde, march succeeded in giving a memorable, and often subtle, performance. Particularly impressive were his scenes with the terrified prostitute, played by Miriam Hopkins, when he chillingly conveyed the depths of Hyde's sadism.
March's other roles in the fantasy field include Death Takes a Holiday (Mitchell Leisen, 1934) with Edward Van Sloan, in which he played Death, and I Married a Witch (Rene Clair, 1942). He died in 1975 at the age of seventy-eight.
--JOHN BROSNAN, from
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