Cornel Wilde

Birth Name: Kornél Lajos Weisz

Date of Birth: 13 October, 1912

Place of Birth: Privigye, Kingdom of Hungary (now Prievidza, Slovakia)

Date of Death: October 16, 1989

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Cornel Wilde was an American actor and film director. His roles included A Song to Remember, Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, Wintertime, A Thousand and One Nights, Leave Her to Heaven, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, Centennial Summer, It Had to Be You, Road House, The Greatest Show on Earth, Saadia, Star of India, The Scarlet Coat, Storm Fear, Lancelot and Guinevere, The Fifth Musketeer, and Flesh and Bullets. He was also credited as Clark Wales and Jefferson Pascal.

His parents, Rayna Miryam/Renée Mary (Vid) and Vojtech Béla Weisz (later Louis Bela Wilde), were Hungarian Jewish emigrants. His father was born in Prievidza, Trenčín Region, Slovakia. His mother was born in Rohovce, Dunajská Streda, Trnava Region, Slovakia.

Cornel had a daughter with his former wife, actress Patricia Knight; and a son with his former wife, actress Jean Wallace.

Cornel’s paternal grandfather was Herman Weisz (the son of Salamon Weisz and Regina Reif). Herman was born in Nemet Prona, Nitra, Slovakia.

Cornel’s paternal grandmother was Helene Stern (the daughter of Joseph Hirsch Stern and Josephina “Pepi” Weil). Helene was born in Neszloza, Trencin, Slovakia. Joseph was the son of Gezel Stern. Josephine was the daughter of Rudolf/Reuben/Rezső Adam Weider-Weil and Katharina Maria Schustek.

Cornel’s maternal grandfather was named Armin Albert Vid.

Cornel’s maternal grandmother was named Charlotte Horn/Bokor.

Source: Genealogy of Cornel Wilde (focusing on his father’s side) –


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  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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