Friedrich von Ledebur

Friedrich Anton Maria Hubertus Bonifacius Graf von Ledebur-Wicheln ((1900-06-03)June 3, 1900 – (1986-12-25)December 25, 1986) was an actor who was known for Moby Dick (1956), Alexander the Great (1955) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1972).

Friedrich Anton Maria Hubertus Bonifacius Graf von Ledebur-Wicheln
Veteran character actor Friedrich von Ledebur.jpg
Born(1900-06-03)June 3, 1900
DiedDecember 25, 1986(1986-12-25) (aged 86)
Linz, Austria
Years active1945–1982
Known forActor in Moby Dick, Alexander the Great (1955) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
Spouse(s)Iris Tree
(m. 1934; div. 19??)
Gräfin Alice Hoyos von Stichsenstein
(m. 1955; his death 1986)

Early lifeEdit

Ledebur was born in Austria-Hungary (later Poland) in 1900. Friedrich enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Army in 1916, and was an officer in the Austrian Cavalry Division during the last years of World War I.

Interwar periodEdit

In the 1930s Ledebur became a close friend of Charles Bedaux, with whom he traveled extensively in Africa and Canada.[1]

After the war, Ledebur spent the next two decades travelling the world, working all manner of odd jobs from gold mining to deep sea diving, to riding and winning prize money at rodeos. Ledebur settled in the United States in 1939 and anglicised his name to 'Frederick'.

A close friendship with fellow adventurer and director John Huston, gave Ledebur his entrée to character acting.[2]

Acting careerEdit

In 1945, von Ledebur made his film debut. He later appeared in Alexander the Great (1955), and played chief harpooneer Queequeg, a South Sea chieftain, in the film Moby Dick (1956). "Better a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian", Herman Melville's Ishmael famously says of Queequeg in the book and the film. He appeared as Brother Christophorus in The Twilight Zone episode "The Howling Man".

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