- Additional Authors
- Bohnen, Arthur, 1901-1978.
- 2 lin. ft. (8 boxes)
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- Biography (note)
- Actor Roman Bohnen was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Lottie Johnston Bohnen and Carl Bohnen on November 24, 1901.
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- *T-Mss 1994-028
Bohnen, Roman, 1894-1949.
Roman Bohnen papers, 1918-1976.
The Roman Bohnen papers consist of family, personal and professional correspondence as well as scrapbooks of clippings, reviews, programs, and photographs. The collection documents Bohnen's career including early theatrical experiences, his life as a New York actor and member of the Group Theatre, his motion picture years, and the establishment of the Actors' Laboratory Theatre. The correspondence between him and his brother Arthur is rich in personal information about family relationships. The papers span the years 1919-1976 with the emphasis on 1922-1949. Arthur Bohnen's account of his brother's life is included.
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Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Actor Roman Bohnen was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Lottie Johnston Bohnen and Carl Bohnen on November 24, 1901. He was educated in Munich, Germany and at the University of Minnesota where he was involved in college theatrical productions. Bohnen worked in stock and repertory companies in the Midwest until he moved to New York City in 1930. His first Broadway role was in AS HUSBANDS GO by Rachel Crothers in 1931. He worked with the Group Theatre and played roles in WAITING FOR LEFTY, GOLDEN BOY, AWAKE AND SING and THE GENTLE PEOPLE, to name a few.
He played character roles in over thirty films including OF MICE AND MEN, SONG OF BERNADETTE, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and EDGE OF DARKNESS. While in Hollywood Bohnen helped found and was the driving force behind the Actors' Laboratory Theatre. He died of a heart attack in 1949. His wife, Hildur Ouse had died in 1941.
- Local Note
Some materials in this collection previously cataloged as MWEZ+ n.c. 24543-24546; 25268-25270.
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Bohnen, Arthur, 1901-1978.
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