Warner Oland

Warner Oland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Warner Oland (born Johan Verner Ölund, October 3, 1879 – August 6, 1938) was a Swedish-American actor most remembered for playing several Chinese and Chinese-American characters: the Honolulu Police detective, Lieutenant Charlie Chan; Dr. Fu Manchu; and Henry Chang in Shanghai Express. His family emigrated to the United States when he was 13. He pursued a film career that would include time on Broadway and dozens of film appearances, including 16 Charlie Chan films. After several years in theater, including appearances on Broadway as Warner Oland, in 1912 he made his silent film debut in Pilgrim's Progress, a film based on the John Bunyan novel. As a result of his training as a Shakespearean actor and his easy adoption of a sinister look, he was much in demand as a villain and in ethnic roles. Over the next 15 years, he appeared in more than 30 films, including a major role in The Jazz Singer (1927), one of the first talkies produced. Oland's normal appearance fit the Hollywood expectation of caricatured Asianness of the time, despite his having no definitively proven Asian cultural background. Oland portrayed a variety of Asian characters in several movies before being offered the leading role in the 1929 film, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu. It was the first onscreen portrayal of the Fu Manchu character in film. Oland continued to appear onscreen as an Asian, probably more often than any other white actor in the history of cinema. In Old San Francisco, Oland played an Asian unsuccessfully impersonating a white man. Oland was the first actor to play a werewolf in a major Hollywood film, biting the protagonist, played by Henry Hull, in Werewolf of London (1935). Once again, Oland's character was Asian. A box office success, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu made Oland a star, and during the next two years he portrayed the evil Dr. Fu Manchu in three more films (although the second one was purely a cameo appearance). Firmly locked into such roles, he was cast as Charlie Chan in the international detective mystery film Charlie Chan Carries On (1931) and then in director Josef von Sternberg's 1932 classic film Shanghai Express opposite Marlene Dietrich and Anna May Wong. The enormous worldwide box office success of his Charlie Chan film led to more, with Oland starring in 16 Chan films in total. The series, Jill Lepore later wrote, "kept Fox afloat" during the 1930s, while earning Oland $40,000 per movie. Oland took his role seriously, studying the Chinese language and calligraphy.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Nyby, Västerbottens län, Sweden
    Birthday
    10/3/1879
The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
6.1
Shanghai Express
Shanghai Express
6.9
Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Charlie Chan at the Olympics
6.9
Charlie Chan in Paris
Charlie Chan in Paris
6.6
Charlie Chan in Shanghai
Charlie Chan in Shanghai
6.7
Charlie Chan in London
Charlie Chan in London
7
Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Charlie Chan at the Race Track
7.3
Charlie Chan at the Circus
Charlie Chan at the Circus
6.1
Charlie Chan in Egypt
Charlie Chan in Egypt
7.1
Charlie Chan's Secret
Charlie Chan's Secret
6.9
The Fatal Ring
The Fatal Ring
0
Werewolf of London
Werewolf of London
6
Charlie Chan at the Opera
Charlie Chan at the Opera
6.6
The Big Gamble
The Big Gamble
6
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
6.5
The Black Camel
The Black Camel
6
Charlie Chan on Broadway
Charlie Chan on Broadway
7.2
The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil
6.6
Dishonored
Dishonored
6.8
Daughter of the Dragon
Daughter of the Dragon
5.1
Don Juan
Don Juan
6.6
When a Man Loves
When a Man Loves
6.4
Don Q Son of Zorro
Don Q Son of Zorro
6.6
The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
5.2
The Drums of Jeopardy
The Drums of Jeopardy
5.2
The Studio Murder Mystery
The Studio Murder Mystery
4
Shanghai
Shanghai
7
Stand and Deliver
Stand and Deliver
5.8
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
5.4
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
5
The Son-Daughter
The Son-Daughter
7
Dangerous Paradise
Dangerous Paradise
4
Mandalay
Mandalay
5.6
Charlie Chan's Courage
Charlie Chan's Courage
10
Charlie Chan's Chance
Charlie Chan's Chance
7
The Lightning Raider
The Lightning Raider
0
Dream of Love
Dream of Love
7
Tell It to the Marines
Tell It to the Marines
6.3
Movies on Sundays
0
A Passport to Hell
A Passport to Hell
5.3
The Faker
The Faker
0
Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
5.7
Good Time Charley
Good Time Charley
0
The Marriage Clause
The Marriage Clause
0
Chinatown Nights
Chinatown Nights
4.4
Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage
5.7
Curlytop
Curlytop
0
The Vagabond King
The Vagabond King
6
Patria
Patria
6.5
The Rise of Susan
The Rise of Susan
0
The Eternal Sapho
The Eternal Sapho
0
The Scarlet Lady
The Scarlet Lady
0
Days of Thrills and Laughter
Days of Thrills and Laughter
5.5
Flower of Night
0
Before Dawn
Before Dawn
5.6
Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
7
Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
0
A Million Bid
A Million Bid
0
The Mighty
The Mighty
5
Paramount on Parade
Paramount on Parade
6.4
How to Break 90 #3: Hip Action
0
Beatrice Fairfax
Beatrice Fairfax
5
The Twin Pawns
The Twin Pawns
5.7
Charlie Chan Carries On
Charlie Chan Carries On
6.5
Complicated Women
Complicated Women
6.7
What Happened To Father
What Happened To Father
0
East Is West
East Is West
0
Hurricane Hutch
Hurricane Hutch
6
His Children's Children
His Children's Children
0
The Pride of Palomar
The Pride of Palomar
6
The Eternal Question
The Eternal Question
0
Infatuation
Infatuation
0
Destruction
Destruction
1
The Fighting American
The Fighting American
5.5
The Third Eye
The Third Eye
0
The Witness for the Defense
The Witness for the Defense
6.3
Sin
Sin
0
The Yellow Ticket
The Yellow Ticket
0
The Phantom Foe
The Phantom Foe
0
So This Is Marriage?
So This Is Marriage?
0
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of 'The Wolf Man'
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of 'The Wolf Man'
6.9
The Romance of Elaine
The Romance of Elaine
0
The Winding Stair
The Winding Stair
0
Man of the Forest
Man of the Forest
0
The Naulahka
The Naulahka
0
As Husbands Go
As Husbands Go
0
Yellowface: Asian Whitewashing and Racism in Hollywood
Yellowface: Asian Whitewashing and Racism in Hollywood
6
The Avalanche
The Avalanche
0
The Reapers
The Reapers
0
Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim's Progress
0
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
0
The Horror Show
The Horror Show
6
Sailor Izzy Murphy
Sailor Izzy Murphy
0
Wheel of Chance
Wheel of Chance
0
In Search of Charlie Chan
7
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