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Date of Birth 11 December 1874Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, Germany [now Jarantowice, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland]
Date of Death 13 September 1948Berlin, Germany
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

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Paul Wegener was born on December 11, 1874 in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for The Golem (1920), The Golem (1915) and The Student of Prague (1913). He was married to Greta Schröder, Lyda Salmonova, Änny Hindermann, Ida Ahlers and Elisabeth Rohwer. He died on September 13, 1948 in Berlin, Germany.

Spouse (5)

Greta Schröder (October 1924 - ?) (divorced)
Änny Hindermann (1903 - ?) (divorced)
Ida Ahlers (1896 - 1898) (divorced)
Lyda Salmonova (? - 1924) (divorced)
Elisabeth Rohwer (? - ?)

Trivia (3)

He is perhaps best remembered for his expressionistic silent Golem series, of which especially The Golem (1920) (also released as "The Golem", 1920 [USA 1921]) is famous.
Studied law and art history. Acting classes in Leipzig. With Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theater in Berlin, 1906-20. Toured North and South America with his own acting troupe. Film debut in 1913 as actor in The Student of Prague (1913). Having learned the art of expressionist lighting from Reinhardt, he began to direct at the same time, specialising in mysticism, the grotesque and the macabre. Of imposing stature, large-faced, with high cheek bones, narrow eyes and a small mouth, he was physically well-suited for playing monstrous or demonic characters, most famously in the 'Golem' films.
His son, Peter Wegener (1917 - 2008), with Lyda Salmonova, was an engineering physicist on the German V2 rocket project at Peenemunde. Following the war, he came to America as part of Operation Paperclip, and eventually became a professor at Yale University.

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