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Date of Birth 18 May 1883Zwingenberg, Hesse, Germany
Date of Death 27 June 1954Stuttgart, Germany
Birth NameAugust Konrad Loos

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Theodor Loos was born on May 18, 1883 in Zwingenberg, Hesse, Germany as August Konrad Loos. He was an actor and director, known for Metropolis (1927), M (1931) and Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924). He died on June 27, 1954 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Expressive, latterly balding German character actor who had his heyday in classic silent films under the direction of Fritz Lang. He was a watchmaker's son and, prior to deciding on an acting career, worked in an export business for musical instruments, as well as in an art dealership. He appeared on stage from 1912 and in his first film the following year. Perfectly suited to expressionist cinema, he excelled as King Gunther in the Nibelungen films "Siegfried" and "Kriemhild's Revenge", and as secretary Josaphat in _Metropolis (1927)_ . He acted in numerous classical plays on the stage, giving 400 performances in "Peer Gynt" alone. From 1949 until his death, Loos belonged to the ensemble of the Staatstheater Stuttgart.
Worked as a radio announcer after the war.
Made a 'state actor' ('Staatsschauspieler') under the Nazi regime and given a number of senior appointments to cultural boards. .
During the Third Reich Loos was a member of the Advisory Council (Präsidialrat) of the president of the Reichsfilmkammer.
He died at the age of 71 during an operation on the bile.
The son of a watchmaker and instruments manufacturer, he left secondary school prematurely and worked for three years at an export firm for music instruments in Leipzig, and after that for his uncle, an art dealer in Berlin. He decided though to become an actor.
During the confusions of World War II he was able to continue his film career as well as his stage career.
The 20s were impressed by great theater roles and engagements in some of the most important silent movies of the German film history.
After first professional experiences in the music business and arts and crafts he seized the profession of an actor in Leipzig in 1902. He came to Berlin in 1912 via the Theater of Frankfurt and was engaged by Max Reinhardt for the Deutsches Theater. He soon became established as a demanded character actor and very versatile actor who was especially connected with the Lessing theater.
His two sons both died in the Second World War.
On the verge of his death he was awarded with the Verdienstkreuz of the Verdienstordens of the federal republic Germany.
A lot of the greatest directors of this time worked together with him.
Theodor Loos fascinated at the theater with his natural speech art and in his movies he impressed the audience with his striking features and his expressive eyes which intensified his performance in front of the camera.
After the war he was not able to continue his former successes, among others he was confronted with the criticism that he took part in propaganda movies which led to a short-time occupational ban. Only after his rehabilitation by the French military government he was able to continue his acting career.
Theodor Loos was married four times .
His theater engagements led him to Leipzig, Danzig and Frankfurt am Main, then to Berlin where he acted from 1912 to 1945 at different theaters.
When the sound film became definitely established in the 30s this circumstance redounded to his his advantage because he was not only a gifted actor but also had an ideal voice for the big screen. Therefore these years offered him again countless engagements in front of the camera he was able to impersonate the roles in a fascinating way.

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