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Overview (3)

Born in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany [now Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland]
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hans Heinrich von Twardowski was born on May 5, 1898 in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany. He was an actor and writer, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Scarlet Empress (1934) and Hangmen Also Die! (1943). He died on November 19, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA.

Trivia (16)

Ardently anti-Nazi, Von Twardowski often portrayed Nazis on screen.
Career encompassed the legitimate theater, motion pictures, radio and television.
Actor, stage director and playwright.
Emigrated to the United States, landing at New York on 14 December 1930.
For a time he was one of Marlene Dietrich's close friends; their relationship suffered a falling-out after their arrival in Hollywood. The frequently out-of-work Twardowski once wrote a letter to Dietrich (circa 1934), begging for a loan of $42 to cover basic expenses.
Became a citizen of the United States in 1939.
The acting became his real passion and he made his stage debut in 1919 at the Lessingtheater in Berlin. He continued his theater career successfully in the next years.
Twardowski died of a heart attack in his New York City apartment at age 60.
Twardowski, a homosexual, fled Germany in 1933 to escape the Nazi regime.
His film career ended after the war and he concentrated to the theater again. Only in the episode of the serial "Robert Montgomery Presents: The Sheffield Story" (1952) he had a last appearance in front of the camera.
His last cinematical works in Germany came at the beginning of the 30s. Finally he went to the USA where he continued his film and stage career.
The actor Hans Heinrich von Twardowski began his career as an author and he wrote essays like "Der rasende Pegasus".
Although in 1919 Hans Heinrich von Twardowski entered the film business and he appeared in his first silent movie "Unheimliche Geschichten" (19). In the 20s he became a demanded film actor in numerous well-known productions.
In 1939, he wrote and produced a play in Brooklyn's St. Felix Street Playhouse called Shakespeare Merchant - 1939, based on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
In the 1930s, Twardowski directed and appeared in the stage productions of The Brothers Karamazov and Old Heidelberg in the Pasadena Playhouse.
Twardowski also sang tenor in a number of musicals.

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