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Henry Koster (1905–1988)

Henry Koster was born Herman Kosterlitz in Berlin, Germany, on May 1, 1905. His maternal grandfather was a famous operatic tenor, Julius Salomon (who died of tuberculosis in the 1880s). His father was a salesman of ladies unmentionables who left the family while Henry was at a young age, leaving him to support the family. He still managed to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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 1965 Dear Brigitte
 1963 Marilyn (Documentary)
 1958 Fräulein
 1954 Désirée
 1953 The Robe
 1952 O. Henry's Full House (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
 1951 Elopement
 1950 Harvey
 1950 Wabash Avenue
 1940 Spring Parade
 1939 First Love
 1936 Catherine the Last (as Herman Kosterlitz)
 1935 Affairs of Maupassant (as Hermann Kösterlitz)
 1935 Affairs of Maupassant (as Hermann Kosterlitz)
 1935 A csúnya lány (as Herman Kosterlitz)
 1935 The Cross-Patch (as Hermann Kosterlitz)
 1935 Little Mother (as Herman Kosterlitz)
 1934 Peter (as Hermann Kösterlitz)
 1933 Das häßliche Mädchen (as Hermann Kosterlitz)
 1932 Thea Roland (as Hermann Kosterlitz)
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Alternate Names:

Hermann Kosterlitz | Herman Kosterlitz | Hermann Kösterlitz

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Robert Taylor] Really easy to work with, and a wonderful gentleman. The only trouble with him was he couldn't give up smoking, and he killed himself. He was warned that if he didn't give up smoking--he tried and tried, and told me the old joke of Mark Twain, about how giving up smoking was easy; Mark Twain had done it twice a week. Well, Robert Taylor tried twice a week, and finally gave up ... See more »

Trivia:

He discovered Bud Abbott and Lou Costello working at a nightclub in New York. He returned to Hollywood and convinced Universal to hire them. Their first picture, which featured the "Who's on First" routine, was One Night in the Tropics (1940). The female lead in that picture was Peggy Moran, who would later marry Koster. At the time they did not know each other. See more »

Nickname:

Bobby

Star Sign:

Taurus

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