S.Z. Sakall Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameSándor Gärtner
Nickname Cuddles

Mini Bio (1)

Hungarian-born S.Z. Sakall was a veteran of German, Hungarian and British films when he left Europe because of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. In Hollywood from shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sakall began appearing in comedies and musicals, often playing a lovable if somewhat excitable and/or befuddled uncle, businessman or neighborhood eccentric. Memorable as the waiter in Casablanca (1942) and as a somewhat lecherous Broadway producer in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). He retired from films in 1954 and died of a heart attack in Hollywood in 1955.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Elisabeth Anna "Boszi" Kardos (1 August 1920 - 12 February 1955) (his death)
Giza Grossner (1916 - 1918) (her death)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays men who are easily excited or befuddled but loveable nonetheless
Often cast as a sympathetic friend or employee of the main character.

Trivia (7)

Second wife was Ann Kardos, who was the sister of László Kardos. László's wife, Lenka, was the sister of director Joe Pasternak.
Because of his befuddled amiability on-screen, his trademark jowls and comical exasperation, he was nicknamed "Cuddles" and was often billed that way.
All three of his sisters perished in Nazi concentration camps.
He originally turned down his waiter's role in Casablanca (1942), the part that initially made him famous.
The initials preceding his name are from the Hungarian for Szoke Szakall, meaning 'blonde beard', so called because he wore one as a young actor to look older.
Started writing music hall sketches by the age of sixteen and later made up gags for a Budapest comic. After World War I, he went to Vienna to study acting under Max Reinhardt. He appeared on stage in both Germany and Austria and was featured in the first German sound film, "Zwei Herzen im Dreiviertel-Takt".
He did not like "American" food,so when he was working on a movie,he had his wife cook food from the old country and bring him lunch or dinner.

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