(born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel August 31
in Racine, Wisconsin
, died April 14
in Los Angeles, California
) was an Academy Award
. He began as a banker, but an emergency appendectomy caused him to reevaluate his life, and in 1920
he began to be cast as an extra in movies made in New York
. He appeared on Broadway
, and won an Oscar nomination in 1930
for The Royal Family of Broadway
, in which he played a role based upon John Barrymore
March won the Oscar in 1932 for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and again in 1946 for The Best Years of Our Lives. March was one of the few actors to resist the studios, and was able to pick and choose his roles, in the process also avoiding typecasting. By this time, he was working on Broadway as often as in Hollywood, and his screen career was not as prolific as it had been.
Perhaps his greatest late-in-life role was in Inherit the Wind in 1960, opposite Spencer Tracy.
Throughout his life, he was a proponent of liberal political causes, and was a steady supporter of the Democratic Party.
March has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at At 1616 Vine Street.
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