S.Z. Sakall (1883–1955)

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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, ... See full bio »

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 1954 The Student Prince
Joseph Ruder (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Toby
- Yours for a Dream (1954) ... Mr. Toby
 1953 Small Town Girl
Papa Eric Schlemmer
 1951 Lullaby of Broadway
Adolph Hubbell
 1951 Sugarfoot
Don Miguel Wormser
 1950 Tea for Two
J. Maxwell Bloomhaus
 1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
Miklos 'Mike' Teretzky (as Cuddles Sakall)
 1950 Montana
Papa Otto Schultz (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Fred Fisher aka Alfred Breitenbach
 1949 In the Good Old Summertime
Otto Oberkugen (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
 1949 My Dream Is Yours
Felix Hofer
 1948 Whiplash
 1948 Embraceable You
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Uncle Lazlo Lazlo
 1948 April Showers
Mr. Curley
 1947 Cynthia
Prof. Rosenkrantz
 1946 The Time, the Place and the Girl
Ladislaus Cassel (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Luigi (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
 1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee
Count Oswald
 1946 Cinderella Jones
Gabriel Popik
 1945 San Antonio
Sacha Bozic (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
 1945 The Dolly Sisters
Uncle Latsie Dolly
 1945 Christmas in Connecticut
Felix Bassenak
 1945 Wonder Man
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
S.Z. Sakall
 1944 Shine on Harvest Moon
Poppa Carl
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Dr. Schlenna (as S.K. Sakall)
 1943 Wintertime
Hjalmar Ostgaard
 1942 Casablanca
Carl (as S.K. Sakall)
 1942 Seven Sweethearts
Mr. Van Maaster, the Father
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy
 1942 Broadway
 1941 Ball of Fire
Prof. Magenbruch
 1941 That Night in Rio
Arthur Penna
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
George (as S.Z. Sakall)
 1940 Spring Parade
Latislav Teschek - the Baker
 1940 My Love Came Back
Geza Peyer
 1940 Florian
 1940 It's a Date
Karl Ober
 1937 Bubi
Moller (as Szöke Szakall)
 1937 The Lilac Domino
 1936 Fräulein Lilli
Prokurist Seidl (as Szöke Szakall)
 1936 Barátságos arcot kérek
Blazsek Mátyás fényképész (as Szõke Szakáll)
 1935 Affairs of Maupassant (as Szöke Szakall)
 1935 Affairs of Maupassant
Dr. Walitzky (as Szöke Szakall)
 1935 Viereinhalb Musketiere
Sattler, drummer (as Szöke Szakall)
 1935 Bretter, die die Welt bedeuten
Franz Novak (as Szöke Szakall)
 1934 Ende schlecht, alles gut
Anton Polgar, Stationery Shop Owner (as Szöke Szakall)
 1934 Room for the Aged
Polgár papírkereskedõ (as Szõke Szakáll)
 1934 Everything for the Woman (segment A pampák királya) (as Szõke Szakáll)
 1934 Wenn du jung bist, gehört dir die Welt
Beppo (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Tokajerglut
Schmidt, Pressephotograph (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Stolen Wednesday
Schmidz,fotóriporter (as Szõke Szakáll)
 1933 Frühlingsstimmen
Krüger, Schuldiener (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Romance in Budapest
Stangl (as Szöke Szakáll)
 1933 Abenteuer am Lido
Michael (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Pardon, tévedtem
Strangel úr, Murray menedzsere (as Szõke Szakáll)
 1933 Großfürstin Alexandra
Dimitri, Chefkoch im Hause der Großfürstin (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Das Jubiläum (Short)
Herr Lampe (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Muß man sich gleich scheiden lassen
Professor Friedrich Hornung
 1933 Es war einmal ein Musikus
Häberlein (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 Streichquartett (Short)
 1933 A Woman Like You
Theobald Roehn, Fabrikant (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 The Emperor's Waltz
Leitner - Fabrikant aus Budapest (as Szöke Szakall)
 1933 The Town Stands on Its Head
Bürgermeister (as Szöke Sakall)
 1932 Ahoi - Ahoi! (Short)
Herr Lampe (as Szöke Sakall)
 1932 Glück über Nacht
 1932 Mein Name ist Lampe (Short) (as Szöke Szakall)
 1932 Countess Mariza
 1932 I Do Not Want to Know Who You Are
Ottokar (as Szöke Szakall)
 1932 Ein harmloser Fall (Short)
Herr Werner (as Szöke Szakall)
 1932 Right to Happiness
 1932 Mädchen zum Heiraten
Alois Novak
 1932 Es Wird Geheiratet (Short)
Herr Winter (as Szoke Szakall)
 1931 The Unknown Guest
Leopold Kuhlmann (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 The Soaring Maiden
Onkel Lampe (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 The Woman They Talk About
Salewski Moretti (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 My Cousin from Warsaw
Burel, Luciennes Gatte
 1931 The Squeeker
Bill "Billy" Anerley (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 Der Stumme von Portici
Ehemann (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 Ich heirate meinen Mann
Adolphe (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 Walzerparadies
Schwartz, Theateragent (as Szöke Szakáll)
 1931 Ihr Junge (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 Die Faschingsfee
Matthias, Diener (as Szöke Szakáll)
 1931 Kopfüber ins Glück
Baron Monteuil (as Szöke Szakall)
 1931 Her Majesty Love
Bela Török / Lias Vater (as Szöke Szakall)
 1930 The Jumping Jack
Eickmeyer - Parfümfabrikant (as Szöke Szakall)
 1930 Susanne macht Ordnung
Dr. Fuchs, juristischer Berater (as Szöke Sakall)
 1930 Rendezvous
Crepin (as Szöke Szakall)
 1930 Twice Wedding
Grafenbergs Schwager
 1930 Zwei Herzen im Dreiviertel-Takt
Der Theaterdirektor (as Szöke Szakall)
 1929 Why Cry at Parting?
Gottgetreu, Kassierer von Harder & Co.
 1929 The Jolly Peasant
Dorfpolizist (as Szöke Szakall)
 1929 Pavement Butterfly
Paul Bennet - Maler
 1928 Whirl of Youth
Sam, ein Artist (as Szöke Szakall)
 1928 Mary Lou
Der Jongleur (as Szöke Szakall)
 1927 Familientag im Hause Prellstein
Sami Bambus (as Szöke Szakall)
 1927 Make Up
Theaterdirektor (as Szöke Szakall)
 1927 Der Himmel auf Erden
Geschäftsführer (as Szöke Szakall)
 1926 The Master of Death
Bordoni (as Szoke Szakall)
 1926 Wenn das Herz der Jugend spricht
Dr. Hecht (as Szöke Szakall)
 1918 Az önkéntes tüzoltó (Short) (as Szõke Szakáll)
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Alternate Names:

Cuddles Sakall | S.K. Sakall | S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall | Szöke Sakall | Szoke Szakall | Szöke Szakall | Szöke Szakàll | Szõke Szakáll | Szöke Szakáll

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When Joe Pasternak engaged Szöke Szakall to Hollywood for his movie "It's a Date", he made use of the opportunity to leave the uncomfortable Europe. He soon gained a foothold in the USA and worked under the name S. Z. Sakall first for Universal, from 1941 for Warner Bros. which offered him appreciative supporting roles as a funny and good-matured fat person. See more »


Often plays men who are easily excited or befuddled but loveable nonetheless See more »



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