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[on his involvement during WW II in making films under the control of the Nazi regime] I never wasted much thought on the kind of films I was making. They came about by themselves, born of my relief at no longer having to "reproduce," and of the growing pressure exerted by the Nazis. My native country [Austria] was occupied by the National Socialists, and my work became a silent protest. ...
Son of a porcelain painter. Started acting in regional theatres, then in Vienna and at the Berlin Metropoltheater in operettas and revues. Joined Max Reinhardt at the Deutsches Theater in 1928. In films from 1920, often in villainous roles. Had a good voice, which contributed to him graduating to leading actor by the time sound arrived. Made his directing debut in 1933. Often contributed ...