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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 finish... See full bio »

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

Known For

Harvey
Harvey Director
(1950)
The Bishop's Wife
(1947)
Flower Drum Song
Flower Drum Song Director
(1961)
The Unfinished Dance
(1947)

Filmography

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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 Das Abenteuer der 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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[on Richard Burton] If he didn't get perfection he got mad at himself, no one else . . . The world lost one of the greatest actors of our time when he died. See more »

Trivia:

He was forced to flee Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power when he knocked out a Nazi SA officer who insulted him in a bank. The manager of the bank, a friend of Koster's, saw the incident, shoved some money into his pocket and told him to go directly to the train station. Koster took his advice and made his way to France, then Hungary, and finally to America. Ironically, after World War II ... See more »

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