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Hersholt, Jean

Born: 1886 AD
Died: 1956 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors

1886 – Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 12th of July.

1937 – Hersholt also played Shirley Temple’s beloved grandfather in the film version of the 1880 children’s book, Heidi, written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri.

1939 – Hersholt helped to form the Motion Picture Relief Fund. This fund helped to support industry employees with medical care when they were down on their luck and was used to create the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.


1945-1949 – President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


1956 – Led to the creation of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian an honorary Academy Award given to an "individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."

         – He told The Literary Digest "In English, her’sholt; in Danish, hairs’hult."

1956 – Died on the 2nd of June in Hollywood, California and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.