Emil Jannings was born on this day in 1884

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Emil Jannings: Distinguished German actor, most popular in the silent era
Emil Zatopek: Czech athlete and gold medal winner
Common clues: Actor Jannings; Runner Zatopek; Czech runner Zatopek; 1928 Oscar winner Jannings; Jannings of “The Last Command”
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The Last Command

If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon ~ Emil Zatopek

Emil Jannings (July 23, 1884 - January 3, 1950) was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He won the 1927/1928 Oscar for two films -- The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command.

Born Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz in Rorschach, Switzerland, of a German mother and an American father, Jannings, as a theater actor, had a promising Hollywood career come to an end when talkies made his thick German accent difficult to understand. He returned to Europe, where he starred opposite Marlene Dietrich in the classic The Blue Angel, filmed in English simultaneously with its German version Der Blaue Engel. He made several pro-Nazi films, ending any chance he may have had for a comeback in the United States. Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels named him "Artist of the State" in 1941.

Because of his involvement in Nazi propaganda, Jannings was prohibited to work after the war, and retired to his farm in Austria. Very proficient in money matters, Jannings was one of the highest paid actors of his time.


Emil Zátopek (September 19, 1922 – November 22, 2000) was a Czech athlete probably best known for winning three gold medals in long-distance events at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5 km and 10 km runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life.

Zátopek was the first athlete to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10 km run (in 1954). Three years earlier, in 1951, he had broken the hour for running 20 km. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutally tough training methods.

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