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Carl Brisson

Carl Brisson
File:Carl Brisson.jpg
Born (1893-12-24)24 December 1893
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 25 September 1958(1958-09-25) (aged 64)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Actor
Years active 1918-1935

Carl Brisson (24 December 1893 – 25 September 1958),[1] born Carl Frederik Ejnar Pedersen, was a Danish film actor and singer. He appeared in twelve films between 1918 and 1935, including two silent films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In the 1934 film Murder at the Vanities, he introduced the popular song "Cocktails for Two".[2]

He was married to Cleo Willard Brisson from 1915 to his death, and was the father of producer Frederick Brisson and father-in-law of Frederick's wife, actress Rosalind Russell.


Prior to his acting and singing career he was a prizefighter for a few short spells between 1912 and 1915. He attracted attention when he appeared as Prince Danilo in the 1923 London production of The Merry Widow at Daly's. He appeared in the same role when it was revived at the Lyceum Theatre the following year, and frequently reprised [3]

In August 1924, he toured the provinces as Karl in Katja the Dancer, eventually returning to London to appeared in The Apache at the London Palladium and later made his screen debut in Hitchcock's The Ring.

He died of jaundice in Copenhagen.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-8108-2938-1. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Presenting... Carl Brisson". International Favorites (78rpm album set). Carl Brisson. New York City: Apollo Records. 1947. Album A-11. 
  3. ^ eg. August 1932, Diary of an English Debutante in Nazi Germany,

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