German actor Emil Jannings was a celebrated film star, winning the first Best Actor Oscar in 1929. Sadly, the advent of sound killed his career in the U.S.
Emil Jannings gave acclaimed performances in The Last Laugh (1924), Faust (1925), and The Blue Angel (1930). He worked with directors like F.W. Murnau, Ernst Lubitch, and Victor Fleming. In 1929, Jannings won the first Best Actor Oscar. However, the advent of sound movies, along with Jannings' thick German accent, and his support of the Nazi regime ended his career in the U.S.