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Overview (3)

Born in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany  (cancer)
Birth NameErich Johannes Bruno Ponto

Mini Bio (1)

Erich Ponto was born on December 14, 1884 in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany as Erich Johannes Bruno Ponto. He was an actor and writer, known for The Third Man (1949), Sky Without Stars (1955) and Schneider Wibbel (1939). He was married to Tony Kresse. He died on February 4, 1957 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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Tony Kresse (1916 - 4 February 1957) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (8)

Incisive German character actor, on stage from 1908. The son of a manufacturer, he was initially trained as a pharmacist, but instead decided to take on acting lessons under Hans Lackner in Munich. Ponto rarely enjoyed leads (except for playing the title role in _Schneider Wibbel (1939)_ ), but was consistently impressive in eccentric, shrewd or sinister character parts. He achieved some international fame as Dr. Winkel in Carol Reed's _The Third Man (1949).
Until his death he lived with a previous student, actress Edith Heerdegen (1913-1982).
He has a daughter(Eva*1918)who was a editor and a son(Klaus*1927)who is also an actor.
The German film business also profited from his impressive variety and he "refined" movies like "Kein Angst vor grossen Tieren" (1953), "Sauerbruch - Das war mein Leben" (1954), "Das fliegende Klassenzimmer" (1954) and "Robinson soll nicht sterben" (1956).
In 1920 Erich Ponto came in contact with the film business for the first time - even if only for a short time. He took part in the movies "Hampelmanns Glückstag" 19(20) and "Der Geiger von Meissen" (21), after that the theater became his exclusively employer.
The actor Erich Ponto made an apprenticeship as a pharmacist before he turned to the theater. After action lessons by Hans Lackner he worked as an extra for the present. In 1908 he got a contract at the Stadttheater Passau. His theater career led him to Düsseldorf, Dresden and Berlin in the next years.
After the war Erich Ponto also had a huge success in the international film business, at the head his impressive part in "The Third Man - Der dritte Mann" (1949) of course, but also "Lola Montez" (1955).
Only at the beginning of the 30's followed more movies, but his real film career began in the middle of the 30's. He was convincing with his very individual arranged characters and became a very demanded support actor.

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