|Born||Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel
August 31, 1897
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||April 14, 1975
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Prostate cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Ellis Baker (m. 1921â€“27) (divorced)
Florence Eldridge (m. 1927â€“75) (his death) 2 children
It has been my experience that work on the screen clarifies stage portrayals and vice versa. You learn to make your face express more in making movies, and in working for the theater you have a sense of greater freedom.
Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There's all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion.
I liked the name Frederick Bickel and I wish now I had left it as it was. After all, Theodore Bikel, whose name was similar though spelled differently, didn't change his, and he did all right.
Keep interested in others; keep interested in the wide and wonderful world. Then in a spiritual sense you will always be young.