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Pedro de Cordoba

Pedro de Cordoba
Pedro de Cordoba in The New Theatre, 1909
Born (1881-09-28)September 28, 1881
New York City, USA
Died September 16, 1950(1950-09-16) (aged 68)
Sunland, California, USA
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Occupation Actor
Years active 1915–1951
Spouse(s) Eleanor M. Nolan (1928–?)
Antoinette Glover (?–1921) (her death)

Pedro de Cordoba (September 28, 1881 – September 16, 1950) was an American actor.


  • Biography 1
  • Selected filmography 2
    • Silent 2.1
    • Sound 2.2
  • Radio appearances 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


De Cordoba was born in New York City to parents who were French and Cuban in origin. He was a classically trained theatre actor who confessed he did not enjoy appearing in silent films nearly as much as he liked working on stage, but his career during the silent film era was extensive. His first film was Cecil B. DeMille's version of Carmen (1915), and he soon became a popular leading man in Hollywood. His Broadway career cast him with such stage actresses as Jane Cowl and Katharine Cornell.

Later, his deeply resonant speaking voice made him perfectly suited to talking pictures, and his film career continued, unlike many silent film stars. He enjoyed a career as a busy character actor in Hollywood, from the 1930s through to the end of his life. He was most often cast as aristocratic, or clerical characters of Hispanic origin, as in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), because of his last name as well as his royal bearing. On rare occasions, he would be cast in the role of a villain. His "living skeleton" sideshow character hides fugitive Robert Cummings (and Priscilla Lane) in his carnival wagon overnight in the Alfred Hitchcock film Saboteur (1942).

He was a devout Catholic and was very well read and knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, and served for a time as president of the Catholic Actors Guild of America. The last film in which he appeared, a political drama set in an unnamed South American dictatorship, Crisis (1950), was released shortly after his death.

Selected filmography

With Marjorie Rambeau in the play Sadie Love (1915), later made into a 1919 film starring Billie Burke.
Pedro de Cordoba, Marion Davies, and Forrest Stanley in a scene still from the 1922 silent drama The Young Diana.
As Antoine in Escape to Paradise (1939)



Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1937 Lux Radio Theatre Madame Butterfly
1946 Hollywood Star Time The Song of Bernadette[1]


  1. ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest 41 (2): 32–41. Spring 2015. 

External links

  • > Movies > Pedro de CordobaNew York –
  • – News clippings
  • Pedro de Cordoba at the Internet Movie Database
  • Pedro de Cordoba at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Gladys Hulette, Lionel Barrymore, Pedro de Cordobaleft to right: in Enemies of Women (1923)
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