Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Victor Kilian began his career in entertainment at the age of eighteen by joining a vaudeville company. In the mid 1920s he began to perform in Broadway plays and by the end of the decade had made his debut in motion pictures. For the next two decades he made a good living as a character actor in secondary or minor roles. Frequently cast as a villain, while staging a fight scene with John Wayne for a 1942 film, Kilian suffered a serious injury that resulted in the loss of one eye.
During McCarthyism of the 1950s, Victor Kilian was blacklisted for his political beliefs but because the Actors' Equity Association refused to go along with the ban, Kilian was able to earn a living by returning to perform on stage. After Hollywood's blacklisting ended, he began doing guest roles on television series during the 1970s.
His wife, Daisy Johnson, to whom he had been married for forty-six years, died in 1961. Living alone, in 1979 he was beaten to death by robbers burglarizing his Hollywood apartment.
Victor Kilian was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Victor Kilian Facts
|Victor Arthur Killian
|March 6, 1891
|Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
|Date of death
|March 11, 1979 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 88)
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