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Date of Birth 29 May 1902Teplitz-Schoenau, Austria-Hungary [now Teplice, Czech Republic]
Date of Death 16 March 1988Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Height 6' (1.83 m)

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Paul Kohner was born on May 29, 1902 in Teplitz-Schoenau, Austria-Hungary. He was a producer and production manager, known for Drácula (1931), White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) and Der verlorene Sohn (1934). He was married to Lupita Tovar. He died on March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Lupita Tovar (31 October 1932 - 16 March 1988) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Grandfather of Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz.
Children: actress Susan Kohner and producer Pancho Kohner.
According to film historian Scott MacQueen, Kohner was engaged in the late 1920s to Mary Philbin, star of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). Mary broke off the engagement at the request of her parents, as she was Irish Catholic and Kohner was a Czech Jew. While Kohner went on to have a successful marriage and career as a Hollywood agent, Philbin soon was through in pictures. Sadly, she never married and spent much of her life taking care of her aging parents, living with them in a house that she had purchased with her film earnings. After Kohner died in 1988, workers cleaning out his office at his agency found Mary's love letters close at hand in his desk drawer, after 60 years.
Provided financial and immigration aid to emigre artists during World War II through organising the European Relief Fund.
Kohner started as a journalist, working for his father's Prague newspaper. He came to Hollywood at the instigation of Universal boss Carl Laemmle, whom he had previously interviewed. Initially hired as a publicity man, he rose to head Universal's European department (based in Berlin) by the late 1920's. He returned to the States in the mid-30's as a producer, before starting up his agency in 1938.
The Paul Kohner Agency represented many top-flight Hollywood stars and filmmakers, from Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman to John Huston (for some forty years) and Billy Wilder.

Personal Quotes (1)

[to Austrian actor Christopher Waltz, who was looking for an agent]. Of course I can do something for you in Hollywood, that's not the problem. But you have to ask yourself, do you want to spend the rest of your life walking through the background, yelling 'Heil Hitler'?

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