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August 22, 2023

35 Handsome Portrait Photos of Conrad Nagel in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1897 in Keokuk, Iowa, American actor Conrad Nagel had his first film in the 1918 retelling of Little Women, which quickly captured the public’s attention and set Nagel on a path to silent film stardom. His breakout role came in the 1920 film, The Fighting Chance.

Nagel was the host of the 3rd Academy Awards ceremony held on November 5, 1930, the 5th Academy Awards on November 18, 1932, and a co-host with Bob Hope at the 25th Academy Awards ceremony on March 19, 1953. The 21-year gap between his appearances in 1932 and 1953 is a record for an Oscar ceremonies host.

Nagel was the announcer for Alec Templeton Time, a musical variety program on NBC Radio in the summer of 1939. He was the host on Silver Theatre, a summer replacement program that began June 8, 1937.

Nagel was considered a famous matinée idol and leading man of the 1920s and 1930s. He was given an Academy Honorary Award in 1940 and three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. He died in 1970 in New York City at the age of 72. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Conrad Nagel in the 1920s and 1930s.


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