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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 »

Known For

Scarface
Scarface Tony
(1932)
The Life of Emile Zola
(1937)
The Good Earth
(1937)

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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
 1937 The Woman I Love
Lt. Claude Maury
 1935 Black Fury
Joe Radek
 1934 Hi, Nellie!
Brad
 1932 Scarface
Tony
 1929 Seven Faces
Papa Chibou / Diablero / Willie Smith / ...
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Other Works:

Radio: Appeared (as "Emile Zola", reprising his role in the film The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) in a Lux Radio Theatre of "The Life of Emile Zola". Also in cast: Gloria Holden. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

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 »

Trivia:

One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, Alan Arkin, James Dean and Montgomery Clift. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Munya

Star Sign:

Virgo

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