The Man Who Laughs

Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs

German actor Conrad Veidt was born on this day in 1893. The photo shows him as Gwynplaine in the silent film The Man Who Laughs, the character who undoubtedly inspired the look of one of fiction’s most famous villains, Batman’s arch-nemesis, The Joker.

Early appearance of The Joker
The Man Who Laughs Poster
The Joker by Alex Ross


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