Schildkraut, Rudolph (shĭltˈkrout) [key], 1862–1930, Austrian actor. He was a member of Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theater, Berlin. In 1911 he came to the United States and until 1922 was a star of the Yiddish Art Theater in New York City. His son, Joseph Schildkraut, 1896–1964, first achieved fame in a Theatre Guild production of Liliom (1921). He appeared in many motion pictures after 1921. His performance as the father in The Diary of Anne Frank (1955) was outstanding.
See his autobiography, My Father and I (1959).