Wolheim, Louis

(1881-1931)
   New York-born Louis Robert Wolheim worked as a mining engineer and taught at Cornell University before taking a role in The Jest (1919) at the behest of his friends, the play's stars, John and Lionel Barrymore. Wolheim's comparatively brief acting career capitalized on his hulking physical presence in two important roles: the ape-like coal stoker in Eugene O'Neill's expressionist drama The Hairy Ape (1922) and the hardbitten soldier Captain Flagg in Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings's realistic World War I comedy-drama What Price Glory (1924). Wolheim also appeared in motion pictures, notably in the classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).

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