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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 (as "George Simon") in "Counsellor-at-Law" on Broadway. Drama (revival). Scenic Design by Raymond Sovey. Royale Theatre: 24 Nov 1942-10 Jul 1942 (258 performances). Cast: Frieda Altman (as "Goldie Rindskopf"), Leslie Barrett (as "Henry Susskind"), Samuel Bonnell (as "John P. Tedesco"), Elmer H. Brown (as "Francis Clark... See more »

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


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I've never tried to learn the art of acting. I have been in the business for years but I still can't tell what acting is or how it's done. See more »


At the time he left Warner Brothers, he was trying to convince the studio to let him star in a biography of Ludwig van Beethoven. Warners weren't interested, and Muni never did portray the composer. If the film had been made, it would have been the first screen biography of Beethoven in English. Jack L. Warner, who was president of Warner Brothers, said to the actor, "Nobody wants to see a movie ... See more »


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



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