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Overview (3)

Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died in Vienna, Austria
Nickname Tony

Mini Bio (2)

Anton Karas was a mere entertainer in an Heurige (Viennese Wine Bar), but Carol Reed selected him as the musical director of "The Third Man" (1949). He was invited to London and lived with Reed. Reed treated him very well, but Karas was in a slump - then suddenly Reed rushed into Karas' room, and lay at full length on the floor. "Now I'm dead! Only your zither can bring me back to life! Karas, play such a song as to raise me from the dead." Instantly Karas realized his intention, and tried to play a song that would satisfy him. But Reed wasn't easily satisfied, Karas exerted himself for hours - the moment he almost gave it up, he played that familiar melody.

The success of "The Third Man" changed Karas' life totally. He played all over the world, and won applause from the British Royal family and the Pope. He earned a lot of money - They called him "Mr. Cinderella".

But Vienna was the only city in which he could truly live. So he went back to Vienna, and tried to run his own Heurige. But the Austrian people were so jealous of him - most people in Austria were in poverty at that time. Besides, "The Third Man" was not a film about the glory of Hapsburg monarchy, it was about the disgrace of the defeated Austria. And the zither itself was despised there. Finally people sued Karas about his Heurige business, it sent him down to the confusion of lawsuits, and afterwards he was completely ostracized.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ikki Yajima

By 1962-63 Karas and his wife owned and operated a wonderful guest house in the internationally renowned ski resort of Kitzbuhel, Austria. Movie stars, celebrities and nobility from around the world traveled,skied, and raced there from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, to world renowned anthropologist Victor Von Hagan and Olympic Gold Medalist Tony Sailer! Blessed with the marvelous accommodations provided by Mr. and Mrs. Anton Karas, my mother and I spent the entire'62-'63 ski season at their Haus Traunstein not 5 minutes walk out of the town of Kitzbuhel. In town Mr. Karas was the star attraction at local wine cellars cum night spots and the favorite song always requested was the Third Man theme.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mrs. Gari Dill-Marlow

Spouse (1)

Katharina Perger (14 December 1930 - 10 January 1985) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (2)

Is from a Czech-Hungarian family.
Could not write or read music.

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