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1. Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr Actress, Samson and Delilah Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was born in Vienna, Austria, to a banker and his wife. Hedwig, who obviously became Hedy, had a rather calm childhood, but it was cinema that fascinated her. By the time she was a teenager she decided to drop out of school and seek fame as an actress. Her first role was a bit part in the German film Geld auf der Straße (aka "Money on the Street") in 1930...
2. Peter Lorre Peter Lorre Actor, Casablanca As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M...
3. Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi Actor, Dracula It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
4. Zsa Zsa Gabor Zsa Zsa Gabor Actress, Moulin Rouge Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career. Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári Gabor in Budapest...
5. Celia Lovsky Celia Lovsky Actress, Soylent Green Daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Celia was born in Vienna where she trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and Music. She was a rising stage star in Vienna and Berlin in 1929, when she met future husband Peter Lorre. Celia accompanied the Jewish Lorre when he fled Hitler's Berlin to Vienna in 1933...
6. Billy Wilder Billy Wilder Writer, Some Like It Hot The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
7. Eva Gabor Eva Gabor Actress, The AristoCats Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman) and Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), a soldier. Her older siblings were Magda Gabor, an actress, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress and socialite. Her parents were both from Jewish families...
8. Herbert Lom Herbert Lom Actor, Spartacus Herbert Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich Schluderpacheru on September 11, 1917. He has had an interesting film career, playing "Napoleon Bonaparte" in The Young Mr. Pitt, "The Phantom" (Professor L. Petrie) in The Phantom of the Opera, "Professor Abraham Van Helsing" in Count Dracula and even "Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island...
9. Andrea Osvárt Andrea Osvárt Actress, Aftershock Andrea was born in Budapest in 1979. She had lived in the countryside of Hungary until 1996 when she won the second place of the national "Look of the Year Competition" which drove her to move to Budapest. After an excellent graduation in an Italian and Hungarian bilingual high school, she spent another 5 years studying Italian culture...
10. Paul Henreid Paul Henreid Actor, Casablanca The son of aristocratic banker Baron Carl Alphons and Marie Luise von Hernried, Paul grew up in Vienna and studied at the prestigious Maria Theresa Academy (graduating in 1927) and the Institute of Graphic Arts. For four years, he worked as translator and book designer for a publishing outfit run by Otto Preminger...
11. Lenore Aubert Lenore Aubert Actress, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Lenore Aubert was born in present-day Slovenia, at the time still connected to the Austro-Hungarian Empire (her French name was pure Hollywood hokum, designed to make her background more exotic - though she did live for some time in Paris). Eleanore Maria Leisner was the daughter of an Austrian general...
12. Barbara Palvin Barbara Palvin Actress, Hercules Palvin was born in Budapest. At an early age, Palvin took up football and singing, considering them her favorite hobbies. She was discovered on the streets of Budapest in 2006, at the age of 13. She shot her first editorial in the same year for Spur Magazine. Since, she's graced the covers of L'Officiel...
13. Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler Miscellaneous Crew, Triumph of the Will Born the fourth of six children to Austrian customs officer Alois Hitler--who had been married twice before--and the former Klara Polzl, Adolf Hitler grew up in a small Austrian town in the late 19th century. He was a slow learner and did poorly in school. He was frequently beaten by his authoritarian father...
14. Johnny Weissmuller Johnny Weissmuller Actor, Tarzan the Ape Man Johnny Weissmuller was born as Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, today a district of the city of Timisoara in Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Weissmuller would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team...
15. Fritz Lang Fritz Lang Director, M He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
16. John Banner John Banner Actor, Hogan's Heroes John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe POW camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes. He was born on January 28, 1910 in Vienna. Vienna was the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old Banner, who was Jewish...
17. Catherine Schell Catherine Schell Actress, The Return of the Pink Panther Born in Budapest, Hungary, her true name is Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott, the scion of a once wealthy German patrician family. Her father, the Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during WWII, while her mother was Countess Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék...
18. Otto Preminger Otto Preminger Director, Anatomy of a Murder Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
19. Cornel Wilde Cornel Wilde Actor, The Naked Prey Dashing actor Cornel Wilde was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on October 13, 1912, in Prievidza, Hungary (now part of Slovakia), to a Jewish family. In 1920, he immigrated to New York City with his parents, Rayna (Vid) and Vojtech Béla Weisz, and elder sister, Edith. His family Americanized their names and Kornel took the name Cornelius Louis Wilde...
20. Mickey Hargitay Mickey Hargitay Actor, Bloody Pit of Horror
21. Nóra Hörich Nóra Hörich Actress, The Martian
22. Michael Curtiz Michael Curtiz Director, Casablanca The director Michael Curtiz was an American director of Hungarian origin and an Oscar-winner. He received his diploma from the School for Dramatic Arts in 1906. He then went to live in Pécs, then in Szeged. Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. The next year...
23. Zita Görög Zita Görög Actress, Underworld Zita was born born on September 27, 1979, in a small village called Pásztó, in Hungary. She started modelling when she was 18. She lived in the USA, Italy and France. As a model, she participated in campaigns of Mont Blanc, Benetton, Vodafone, Nivea, Coppertone and Nissan. She was featured in magazines as Playboy...
24. S.Z. Sakall S.Z. Sakall Actor, Casablanca 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...
25. Paul Muni Paul Muni Actor, Scarface 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...
26. Lee Strasberg Lee Strasberg Actor, The Godfather: Part II Famed acting teacher Lee Strassberg was born in Budzanov, Austria-Hungary (now Budanov, Ukraine). Brought to America as a child, he had a brief acting career, before becoming one of the founders of the Group Theatre in 1931, directing a number of plays there. His greatest influence, however, was through the Actors Studio...
27. Mike Mazurki Mike Mazurki Actor, Some Like It Hot With an intimidating face like craggy granite and a towering 6'5" solid frame, Mike Mazurki (born Mikhail Mazuruski or Mikhail Mazurkiewicz) was one of cinema's first serial thugs and specialized in playing strongarm men, gangsters and bullies for over 50 years on screen. Nearly always portrayed as a lowbrow muscle...
28. Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros Actor, Freaked Diminutive 2'9" actor and circus performer Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros was born in 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. Meszaros performed for the Hungarian National Circus prior to coming to America in the 1970's. Not surprisingly, he portrayed circus midgets in both "Big Top Pee-wee" and "Warlock: The Armageddon."...
29. Béla Tarr Béla Tarr Producer, Werckmeister harmóniák
30. Kurt Kasznar Kurt Kasznar Actor, The Last Time I Saw Paris As a young man, Kurt Kasznar enrolled in Max Reinhardt's seminars. He came to the US in the mid-30s in "The Eternal Road," in which he played at least 12 roles. In 1941, he produced the New York show, "Crazy with the Heat." That same year, he was drafted into the army, where he was trained as a cinematographer and served in the Pacific...
31. Eva Bartok Eva Bartok Actress, Blood and Black Lace Eva Bartok was both a beautiful lady and a talented actor whose roots were in classical theater. Her first and only film in Hungary, Mezei próféta ("Prophet of the Fields"), was banned by communist censorship. Actually her life up to that point had been marked by confusion and tragedy. Her father,a Jew who had married a Catholic lady...
32. Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim Actor, Sunset Blvd. Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish. After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in various jobs he arrived in Hollywood in 1914 and got work in D.W...
33. Oskar Homolka Oskar Homolka Actor, Sabotage Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic empire at the time...
34. Walter Slezak Walter Slezak Actor, One Life to Live Tall, portly Viennese character actor Walter Slezak simultaneously pursued two different careers after his arrival in America in 1930: one, as a star of musical comedy on the stage, and another, as a portrayer of villains, impish rogues or pompous buffoons on screen. Born of a musical family in May 1902...
35. Leon Askin Leon Askin Actor, Hogan's Heroes As a nine year-old boy, Leon Askin recited a 17-stanza eulogy for Emperor Franz Josef in front of the city hall in Vienna's 9th District. Little did the son of a salesman know then that he would one day be the student of Max Reinhardt and Louise Dumont, and discover Jura Soyfer while directing the political cabaret "ABC"...
36. Fred Zinnemann Fred Zinnemann Director, High Noon Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film.
37. Eszter Balint Eszter Balint Actress, Stranger Than Paradise
38. Reggie Nalder Reggie Nalder Actor, The Man Who Knew Too Much With a mysterious past and a mouth marred by burns, Reggie Nalder has a unique, if under appreciated, place in the history of cinema. Born Alfred Reginald Natzick in Vienna, Austria, the year of his birth has been a matter of speculation. While his obituary in the New York Times claimed 1922, photographic evidence has revealed that it was significantly earlier; most sources now cite 1911...
39. Janos Prohaska Janos Prohaska Actor, Billy Rose's Jumbo
40. Vilmos Zsigmond Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer, The Deer Hunter Along with László Kovács, a fellow student who fled Hungary in 1956, Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s. He is known for his use of natural light and vivid use of color on features such as The Long Goodbye and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
41. László Nemes László Nemes Director, Saul fia László Nemes was born on 18th Feb. 1977 in Budapest, Hungary. He moved to France at 12 with his mother. He grew up in Paris, where he studied History, International Relations and Political Science at the Institut d'Études Politiques, because he couldn't go to film school. After that he started working as an assistant director on short films...
42. Erika Marozsán Erika Marozsán Actress, Gloomy Sunday Hungarian beauty Erika Marozsán was born in Újfehértó, a small town in the Eastern part of the country, on 3 August 1972. She had her first appearance in the successful Hungarian movie "Béketárgyalás, avagy az évszázad csütörtökig tart" and has played primarily in Hungarian movies so far. She has also starred in several German TV productions and some international productions...
43. Lotte Lenya Lotte Lenya Actress, From Russia with Love Lotte Lenya was a Tony Award-winning and Academy award-nominated actress and singer who is best remembered for her supporting role as Rosa Klebb in the classic Bond film From Russia with Love. She was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer on October 18, 1898, in Vienna, Austria (at that time Austro-Hungarian Empire)...
44. Joe Eszterhas Joe Eszterhas Writer, Basic Instinct
45. Kata Dobó Kata Dobó Actress, Szabadság, szerelem
46. Ahna Capri Ahna Capri Actress, Enter the Dragon Beautiful, buxom, and shapely blonde bombshell Ahna Capri was born Anna Marie Nanasi on July 6, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary. Capri moved with her family to America when she was a child and started acting in television series at age 11. She made her film debut at age 13 in the Western Outlaw's Son....
47. Oscar Beregi Jr. Oscar Beregi Jr. Actor, Young Frankenstein Heavyweight Hungarian-born character actor Oscar Beregi Jr.'s best performances were on the small screen, usually as Germanic or Russian heavies. His stock-in-trade villainy was of a cultured or psychological, rather than physical nature, urbane and intellectual, yet inevitably sinister. His father...
48. George Voskovec George Voskovec Actor, 12 Angry Men From the theatre, distinguished Czech actor/producer/director/author George Voskovec was born Jirí Wachsmann on June 19, 1905, the son of Vilém Wachsmann and his wife Jirina (néé Pinkas). Prior to George's birth, the spelling of the family name was Vaksman (Russian). By the time he was born, which was...
49. Aletta Ocean Aletta Ocean Actress, Geisha Tall (5'8"), buxom, and shapely brunette knockout Aletta Ocean was born Dora Varga on December 14, 1987 in Budapest, Hungary. Ocean was a student in an economic school before she first began modeling at age nineteen in the wake of winning the title Miss Tourism Hungary in a beauty pageant (she was also one of the top six finalists in the Miss Hungary beauty contest)...
50. Paul Lukas Paul Lukas Actor, The Lady Vanishes Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 he began making in Budapest and in the 1920s he began appearing in films in Austria as well...
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