Conrad Nagel ( born March 16, 1897 in Keokuk, Iowa, † February 24, 1970 in New York) was an American film actor of the silent film and early sound film. He was a founding member and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Nail parents were both professional musicians. After nail had graduated from college, he began at age 17 with theater performances and two years later went to California to begin a career in film. His first role in 1918 in the film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. It was founded in 1920 with his performance in The Fighting Chance at the side of Anna Q. Nilsson known. In his career Nagel played alongside all the great female stars of the era, including Pola Negri, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis and Greta Garbo.
1927 played Nagel, directed by Tod Browning and Lon Chaney alongside Henry B. Walthall in the lost horror movie at midnight. In the same year nail had with Fred Niblo and Louis B. Mayer, the idea of founding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. From 1932 to 1933, President of the Nail Academy. Nail supported the establishment of the Screen Actors Guild. From 1937 to 1947 he was director and host of the radio show Silver Theatre, 1949-1952 host of the television game show Celebrity Time. In later years he worked as a drama teacher.
1940 Nagel received an honorary Oscar for his work for the support at Motion Picture Relief Fund, the non-performing actor. 1930, 1932 and 1953, he hosted the Oscars.
Nagel has been awarded for his work in film, radio and television with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.