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Overview (4)

Born in Leipzig, Germany
Died in Berlin, Germany
Birth NameAlfred Peter Abel
Nickname The Lewis Stone of German Pictures

Mini Bio (1)

This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a forester, a gardener and a shopkeeper. But one day, while watching a film with Asta Nielsen, he was struck by revelation. He decided at once to become an actor and with the help of Nielsen in person he started a fruitful screen career. He also wrote and directed a few films. He died too soon aged only 57, but having honored the German screen with his noble, dignified figure in more than a hundred pictures.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Seidel (? - 12 December 1937) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (5)

He has an entry in "Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs" by Jean Tulard published in Paris in 2007 (page 8).
Son of Louis Abel, a peddler, and Anna Maria Selma Abel.
First studied to be a forester and later studied gardening in Saxon Mittweida. He then changed his area of study to business before transitioning into art/acting.
Was married to Elizabeth Seidel with whom he had one daughter, Ursula (1915-1951). Also an actress, Ursula was a victim of the Nazi regime in 1935 that prohibited her from appearing in subsequent films after she failed to produce ancestry papers for her father to prove he was not of Jewish descent.
Buried in the Friedhof Heerstraße cemetery in Berlin. His tombstone has since been lost, and his exact burial place is unknown.

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