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Curt Bois Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Berlin, Germany
Died in Berlin, Germany

Mini Bio (1)

Curt Bois was born on April 5, 1901 in Berlin, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Casablanca (1942), Wings of Desire (1987) and Das Boot ist voll (1981). He was married to Dagmar and Hedy Ury. He died on December 25, 1991 in Berlin.

Spouse (2)

Dagmar (? - 25 December 1991) (his death)
Hedy Ury (? - 1962) (her death)

Trivia (10)

Had a career spanning 80 years.
Was a singer in Berlin cabarets in the late 20s - early 30s.
Having only 10 seconds of screen immortality in Casablanca (1942) belies the fact that Bois was considered an acting prodigy in Germany as a young boy. He became a leading comedian on the German stage in the early 1930s under the direction of the great Max Reinhardt and was a hit in the Viennese stage production of "Charley's Aunt" at the Josefstad Theater.
Bois was born in Berlin and began acting in 1907, becoming one of the film world's first child actors, with a role in the silent movie Bauernhaus und Grafenschloß.
In 1934, Bois was forced to leave his home in Nazi Germany for the United States because he was Jewish, where he found work on stage on Broadway.
Over several stages he finally reached New York in 1934 where he found occupation on Broadway for the present. Later he went to Hollywood where he was able to build up an impressive career with minor parts.
In 1950 Curt Bois returned to Germany and went to the East part of Berlin. There he played again for the theater and appeared in his only movie "Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti" (1955). Because interesting roles failed to come, Curt Bois went to West Berlin where he was boycotted for the present. Only from 1957 he could take on bigger parts at the theater, the film became again a employer from 1958.
The actor Curt Bois was one of the first child stars at all. He played in the operetta "Der fidele Bauer" (1908) the part of Heinerle. The operetta was recorded on a disc at the same and also as a sound picture, the predecessor of the "running pictures". After that followed numerous child parts on the stage in which Curt Bois shined.
In the 30's and 40's he played with the greatest stars of the American film. To the lustrous society belong Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Basil Rathbone, Dick Powell, John Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergmann.
He was also able to convince with smaller scenes such as "Der Himmel über Berlin" (1987), where he achieved the European film award for the best support actor in 1988.

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