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Paul Muni (I) (1895–1967)

Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and eyes, 165 pounds. He joined the Yiddish Art Theatre in... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Samuel Foss
- A Shame for the Diamond Wedding (1962) ... Samuel Foss
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sam Arlen
- The Last Clear Chance (1958) ... Sam Arlen
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Senator Ryder
- A Letter from the Queen (1956) ... Senator Ryder
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Tom Cooper - Attorney
- The People Versus Johnston (1953) ... Tom Cooper - Attorney
 1952 Stranger on the Prowl
The Stranger With A Gun
 1948 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- The Valiant (1948)
 1945 Counter-Attack
Alexei Kulkov
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Paul Muni
 1939 We Are Not Alone
Dr. David Newcome
 1938 Breakdowns of 1938 (Short)
Emile Zola (The Life of Emile Zola outtakes) (uncredited)
 1937 The Woman I Love
Lt. Claude Maury
 1935 Black Fury
Joe Radek
 1934 Hi, Nellie!
 1932 Scarface
 1929 Seven Faces
Papa Chibou / Diablero / Willie Smith / ...
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "They Knew What They Wanted" on Broadway. Comedy (revival). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 3 Pictorials | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Personal Quote:

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus. Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement. To act, an actor has to have words. A stage. a camera turning. I can't go into the middle of Times Square, stop traffic and start acting. See more »


Won Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Inherit the Wind." See more »


Known for his complete transformations into the roles he played (often changing his voice and appearence)



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