Jean Hersholt

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Jean Pierre Carl Buron (12 July 1886 – 2 June 1956), known professionally as Jean Hersholt, was a Danish-American actor and director. He was best known for starring on the radio series Dr. Christian from 1937 to 1954 and in the movie Heidi (1937).[1] He was born in Copenhagen.

He told The Literary Digest how to pronounce his last name, "In English, her'sholt; in Danish, hairs'hult."[2]

Hersholt died on 2 June 1956 in Hollywood, California of pancreatic cancer, aged 69.

References[change | change source]

  1. Obituary Variety, 6 June 1956, p. 63.
  2. Funk, Charles Earle (1936). What's the Name, Please? A Guide to the Correct Pronunciation of Current Prominent Names. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. OCLC 1463642.