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1. Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr Actress, Samson and Delilah Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz), from Budapest, and Emil Kiesler, a banker from Lember (now known as Lviv). Her parents were both from Jewish families...
2. Fritz Lang Fritz Lang Director, M Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
3. Joseph Schildkraut Joseph Schildkraut Actor, The Diary of Anne Frank An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola...
4. Maria Palmer Maria Palmer Actress, Lady on a Train This lovely Austrian-born actress was born (in 1917) and raised in Vienna, performing as a child on stage and appearing in various productions for the renown Max Reinhardt. Trained in dance, she was a member of the Bodenwieser Ensemble, a European troupe. Following a few high school plays and dance recitals...
5. Walter Slezak Walter Slezak Actor, Born to Kill 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. Walter was born in May 1902 in Vienna...
6. Leon Askin Leon Askin Actor, One, Two, Three 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"...
7. 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)...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. Lilia Skala Lilia Skala Actress, Lilies of the Field Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala would become a star on two continents. In pre-World War II Austria she starred in famed Max Reinhardt's stage troupe, and in post-war America she would become a notable matronly, award-worthy character star on Broadway and in films. Forced to flee her Nazi-occupied homeland with her Jewish husband and two young sons in the late 1930s...
12. Anton Walbrook Anton Walbrook Actor, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp This dark, debonair, dashing and extremely distinguished Austrian actor was christened Adolf Wohlbrück in Vienna, the scion of a family of circus clowns. He broke away easily from generations of tradition as the circus life had no appeal whatsoever to Walbrook. Trained by the legendary director Max Reinhardt...
13. Oskar Homolka Oskar Homolka Actor, The Seven Year Itch 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...
14. Kurt Kasznar Kurt Kasznar Actor, Kiss Me Kate 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...
15. Josef von Sternberg Josef von Sternberg Director, The Devil Is a Woman Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
16. Helmut Dantine Helmut Dantine Actor, Edge of Darkness Actor/director/producer Helmut Dantine was born in Vienna, Austria on October 7, 1917. He made a name for himself as an actor during World War Two playing German soldiers and Nazi villains in Hollywood films, most notably in Mrs. Miniver. The young Dantine was a fervent anti-fascist/anti-Nazi activist in Vienna...
17. Max Steiner Max Steiner Music Department, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one year...
18. Otto Waldis Otto Waldis Actor, The Whip Hand Born in Vienna, Austria, May 20th, 1901 as Otto Glucksmann-Blum and began his acting career there while in his twenties, making is screen debut playing Franz in Fritz Lang's "M" in 1931 (billed as Otto Wernicke) . Came to the United states in 1940. He worked frequently as a character actor in film and television (and occasionally on stage in NY) until the early 1960's...
19. Gustav Diessl Gustav Diessl Actor, Pandora's Box Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After that he became famous in USA...
20. Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig Writer, The Grand Budapest Hotel
21. Carl Esmond Carl Esmond Actor, Agent for H.A.R.M. Born Willy Eichberger in Vienna, Austria, he changed his name to the ethnically nondescript Carl Esmond and went on to become a well-regarded actor both here and in Europe, a career that sustained itself for nearly 50 years. He initially studied drama in Vienna at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts and started things off with the German film The Emperor's Waltz [The Emperor's Waltz]...
22. Tilly Losch Tilly Losch Actress, The Garden of Allah
23. Ferdinand Marian Ferdinand Marian Actor, Jud Süß
24. Rose Stradner Rose Stradner Actress, The Last Gangster Pretty, soulful-eyed Austrian actress Rose Stradner was a rising 30s ingénue on the Viennese stage and in a few German film romances and musicals when MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who was in Europe searching for exotic talent, discovered Rose. Along with Greer Garson, Ilona Massey and Hedy Lamarr...
25. Ilka Grüning Ilka Grüning Actress, Words and Music
26. Maria von Trapp Maria von Trapp Writer, Die Trapp-Familie Singer Maria Trapp was born on January 26, 1905, aboard a train, as her mother hurried from their village in the Tyrol to the hospital in Vienna, Austria. Her mother, Augusta (nee Rainer), died shortly after Maria was born, and her father, Karl Kutschera, died when she was 6 years old. As a guardian to Maria...
27. John Wengraf John Wengraf Actor, 5 Fingers A great number of Austrian and German actors were forced to flee their homeland during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1930s only to find themselves smack dab in Hollywood pictures playing thoroughly nefarious Gestapo commanders. Viennese performer John Wengraf was one such actor...
28. Ady Berber Ady Berber Actor, Der Mörder mit dem Seidenschal
29. Henry Lehrman Henry Lehrman Director, Sailor Izzy Murphy Austrian-born Henry Lehrman entered the film industry in 1909 while working as a trolley conductor. Legend has it that he cornered director D.W. Griffith and claimed to be an agent for the French-based Pathe company, sent by them to work with Griffith. By the time Griffith found out that Lehrman's claims were untrue...
30. Mady Christians Mady Christians Actress, Heidi Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the age of 24 when she appeared in Audrey. She remained in German films for the next 17years before coming to the US and starring in The Only Girl...
31. Rudolf Prack Rudolf Prack Actor, Ein Herz schlägt für dich Handsome matinée idol and star of post-war German film, Viennese-born Rudolf Prack was afforded the singular contractual distinction (though somewhat to his detriment) of being never permitted to act in a villainous part - lest his popularity with the female audience be diminished. The son of a postal worker who died in 1922...
32. Robert Freitag Robert Freitag Actor, The Great Escape
33. Fritz Kortner Fritz Kortner Actor, Pandora's Box
34. Paul Richter Paul Richter Actor, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
35. Karl Bruck Karl Bruck Actor, Star Trek
36. Fred Essler Fred Essler Actor, G.I. Blues
37. Siegfried Breuer Siegfried Breuer Actor, The Third Man Viennese character actor, an earlier incarnation of Peter Bowles, who specialized in elegant, charming rogues and, on occasion, sinister types. Breuer, the son of a Wagnerian singer, was trained as an actor in Vienna (from 1924) where he studied alongside Paula Wessely and 'Kathe Gold'. He performed on the stage in Berlin under the direction of Max Reinhardt in 'The Prince of Homburg'...
38. Joe May Joe May Director, The Invisible Man Returns A businessman and operetta director, Joe May, one of the founders of the German cinema, started directing films in 1911 and started his own production company a few years later. He gave famous German director Fritz Lang his start in films, employing him as a screenwriter in his early films. After the Nazi takeover...
39. Kurt Meisel Kurt Meisel Director, Court Martial
40. Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof Actor, Harry and Tonto
41. Reginald Le Borg Reginald Le Borg Director, The White Orchid The oldest of three sons, Reginald LeBorg majored in political economy at the University of Austria and studied musical composition for a year at Arnold Schoenberg's Composition Seminar. His education completed, LeBorg entered his father's banking business and, acting as the senior LeBorg's representative...
42. Claude Farell Claude Farell Actress, Titanic
43. Josef Meinrad Josef Meinrad Actor, Sissi
44. Hertha Feiler Hertha Feiler Actress, Frau im Strom
45. Else Bäck Else Bäck Actress, The Naked Street
46. Grete Natzler Grete Natzler Actress, Swiss Miss
47. Sybille Binder Sybille Binder Actress, Das Dreimäderlhaus
48. Willi Forst Willi Forst Actor, Bel Ami
49. Charles Goldner Charles Goldner Actor, Brighton Rock
50. Friedrich Feher Friedrich Feher Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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