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Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died in near Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic  (plane crash)

Mini Bio (1)

Max Pallenberg was born on December 18, 1877 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Der brave Sünder (1931), Max und seine zwei Frauen (1915) and Die Nacht und der Leichnam (1920). He was married to Fritzi Massary and Betty Franke. He died on June 26, 1934.

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Fritzi Massary (20 February 1918 - 26 June 1934) (his death)
Betty Franke (1903 - 1917) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Diminutive, stocky Viennese singer and character actor of stage and screen. Discovered at the Munich Kuenstlertheater by' Max Reinhardt (I)' in 1911 and signed as a star comic for the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in 1914. Film career desultory. Married to opera star (soprano) Fritzi Massary. Died in a plane crash near Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Father-in-law of Bruno Frank.
The film business wasn't an important object in his career.
The Jewish couple became soon a butt in the 30's of the anti-Semitic propaganda and they had to fled from Germany in 1933.
He had great success with his figure Pampulik in movies like "Pampulik als Affe" (1912) and "Pampulik krieg ein Kind" (1912).
Pallenberg's stellar role was in the Erwin Piscator's dramatic adaptation of Jaroslav Hasek's novel The Good Soldier Schweik.
Max Pallenberg was killed in an air crash near Karlsbad in 1934. He changed his ticket for the five o'clock flight against a ticket which left Prague already at three o'clock. The five o'clock flight arrived on time, Pallenberg's flight however crashed few minutes after the takeoff.
Kurt Tucholsky described Max Pallenberg as "a devil, a good who behaves badly".
Although Max Pallenberg was a highly respected theater actor and comedian, it is difficult to get biographical particulars of this actor.
Max Pallenberg was famous for modernizing classical lyrics and to recite it in a characteristic, often aggressive style, similar to Klaus Kinski in later years.
In his private life Max Pallenberg was married from 1918 with one of the greatest operetta stars of this time - Fritzi Massary.
Although Pallenberg's career started in 1904 it wasn't until 1909 that he joined Theater an der Wien and (as of 1911) Vienna's Deutsches Volkstheater. However, it was at Berlin's Deutsches Theater where he left a lasting mark on German theatrical practice. He worked there with Max Reinhardt.

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