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Date of Birth 27 December 1895Hamburg, Germany
Date of Death 17 August 1975Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (parkinson's disease)
Birth NameSiegfried Aron

Mini Bio (1)

Sig Arno was born on December 27, 1895 in Hamburg, Germany as Siegfried Aron. He was an actor and director, known for The Palm Beach Story (1942), Pandora's Box (1929) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). He was married to Kitty Mattern, Barbara Kiranoff and Caroline Dahms. He died on August 17, 1975 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Kitty Mattern (1953 - 17 August 1975) (his death)
Barbara Kiranoff (1934 - 1953) (divorced)
Caroline Dahms (1922 - 1932) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Brother of the actor Bruno Arno.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Time Remembered."
Performed on Broadway infrequently from 1944-1959 (see "Other Works").
Prolific German-born character actor of stage and screen who left his country after the Nazis gained power in 1933. From 1939, he started a new career in Hollywood, playing comical or eccentric foreigners. He was also a noted portrait painter.
Arno looked lanky and thin. This was the reason that producers tried to match him together with the stout actor Kurt Gerron (1897-1944) in order to appear as the comedian duo "Beef and Steak" - with success.
In 1933 the Jew Arno had to go into exile. In the following six years he traveled through Belgium - there he realized the movie "La gloire du régiment" (1937) as a director, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Partugal and the Netherlands - here he played again in different plays. Finally he went to America in 1939.
Both Siegfried Arno and Wladimir Sokoloff found help by Wilhelm Dieterle (as he tried it for many other of his colleagues as well) at the beginning of their career in the USA.
In 1957 he went back to the USA where he was active on stage exclusively.
Sig Arno, as he called himself since 1940, could make a name for himself as a drawer and portraitist.
He already made his stage debut in 1913. After World War I he continued his acting activities at the theater, first in Hamburg and from 1921 in Berlin.
In 1945 he became an US citizen.
Siegfried Aron (this was his real name) got an education as a styler at the art school in Hamburg.
In 1966, Arno won an honorary award at the German Film Awards "for his continued outstanding individual contributions to the German film over the years.".
Only in 1955 he returned to Germany and acted at different theaters in Vienna and Hamburg.

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