Birth Place Matching "Budapest, Austria-Hungary, now Hungary" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.
Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári ...
Director | Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...
Actor | Young Frankenstein
Heavyweight Hungarian-born character actor Oscar Beregi Jr.'s best performances were on the small screen, usually as Germanic or Russian heavies. His stock-in-trade villainy was of a cultured or psychological, rather than physical nature, urbane and intellectual, yet inevitably sinister. His father...
4. Paul Lukas
Actor | Watch on the Rhine
Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 ...
Actor | The Man from Beyond
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five ...
6. Magda Gabor
Actress | Mai lányok
Magda Gabor was born on June 11, 1915 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Magdolna Gábor. She was an actress, known for Mai lányok (1937), Tokaji rapszódia (1937) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950). She was married to Tibor Heltai, George Sanders, Tony Gallucci, Sidney R. Warren, William ...
7. Miklós Rózsa
Composer | Ben-Hur
'Miklos Rozsa' studied the violin from the age of five. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1929, his violin concerto was performed there. While living in Paris from 1931, Rozsa had his 'Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song' and his 'Symphony and Serenade for Small ...
8. Eric Feldary
Actor | Hold Back the Dawn
More on cause of death: Eric Feldary died of burns suffered when a gas explosion wrecked his West Hollywood home. Feldary, 55, was taken to a hospital with second and third degree burns over more than 50 per cent of his body. A sheriff's deputy who investigated the blast said Feldary told him he ...
9. Ilona Massey
Actress | Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning ...
10. Charles Vidor
Director | Gilda
Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned ...
11. Éva Szörényi
Actress | A leányvári boszorkány
Éva Szörényi was born on May 26, 1917 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Lersch Elvira. She was an actress, known for A leányvári boszorkány (1938), Boy, the Noszty (1938) and Pénz beszél (1940). She was married to István Örményi. She died on December 1, 2009 in ...
13. Mártha Eggerth
Actress | Das Hofkonzert
From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a ...
14. Laslo Benedek
Director | Death of a Salesman
Laslo Benedek was brought to Hollywood from Hungary--where he had been a writer, editor and photographer--by MGM, and his first few films were undistinguished programmers. His third, however, was quite a bit better: Death of a Salesman (1951), the screen version of Arthur Miller's classic play. ...
16. Zoltán Fábri
Director | Az ötödik pecsét
He was born in 1917 and between the two World War he finished his primary and secondary school. After them he graduated in the College of Fine Arts, which helped him later to be a production-designer. He liked to learn and joined the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts. He bacame a director and actor....
17. Lili Darvas
Actress | Szerelem
Hungarian-born Lili Darvas (pronounced 'Darvash') was a major star first in Budapest, then on the German stage with Max Reinhardt's theatre company during the 1920's, touring Europe with plays by Goethe, Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Shaw. She received her education at the Budapest Lyceum and made her ...
18. Ladislao Vajda
Director | Es geschah am hellichten Tag
Ladislao Vajda was born on August 18, 1906 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as László Vajda Weisz. He was a director and writer, known for It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958), Marcelino pan y vino (1955) and Mi tío Jacinto (1956). He died on March 25, 1965 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain.
21. Franciska Gaal
Actress | The Girl Downstairs
Franciska Gaal was born on February 1, 1904 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Szidónia Silberspitz. She was an actress, known for The Girl Downstairs (1938), Little Mother (1935) and The Buccaneer (1938). She was married to Francis Dajkovich. She died on January 2, 1973 in New York City, New York, ...
22. John H. Auer
Producer | Pan-Americana
Born in Hungary and educated in Vienna, John H. Auer was an actor in European films from the age of 12. After his career as a child actor ended, he entered the business world, but soon decided to rejoin the film industry. He journeyed to Hollywood in 1928 to find work as a director, but came up ...
23. Ernest Laszlo
Cinematographer | Logan's Run
Ernest Laszlo, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer best known for his creative collaborations with directors Robert Aldrich and Stanley Kramer, was born on April 23, 1898, in Budapest, Hungary, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
After emigrating to the US, he worked as a camera operator...
24. Klári Tolnay
Actress | Tiszavirág
Klári Tolnay was born on July 27, 1914 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Rozália Tolnay. She was an actress, known for Flower of the Tisza (1939), Pacsirta (1964) and Szerencsés flótás (1943). She was married to Iván Darvas and Ákos Ráthonyi. She died on October 27, 1998 in ...
25. George Tabori
Writer | Frohes Fest
George Tabori was born on May 24, 1914 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as György Tábori. He was a writer and director, known for Frohes Fest (1981), Chance Meeting (1954) and I Confess (1953). He was married to Ursula Höpfner, Ursula Grützmacher-Tabori, Viveca Lindfors and Hannah Freund. He died on ...
26. Barta Barri
Actor | Horror Express
Barta Barri was born on August 16, 1911 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Bernabé Barta Barry. He was an actor, known for Horror Express (1972), The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960) and Doctor Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo (1972). He was married to Maria Cañete. He died on December 7, 2003 in Madrid, Spain.
27. Oscar Beregi Sr.
Actor | Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse
Oscar Beregi Sr. was born on January 24, 1876 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Berger Oszkár. He was an actor, known for The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Camille (1926) and Kísértetek vonata (1933). He was married to Piroska Lázár and Amália Adler. He died on October 18, 1965 in ...
Art Director | The Apartment
Hungarian-born Alexandre Trauner came to Paris in 1929 to escape the anti-semitic Horty regime in his native country, and to paint - but instead became involved in the film industry as an assistant to the famous art director Lazare Meerson. Influenced by cubism and impressionism, he embraced the ...
30. Miklós László
Writer | You've Got Mail
Miklós László was born on May 5, 1903 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Miklós Leitner. He was a writer and actor, known for You've Got Mail (1998), The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949). He was married to Florence Herrman. He died on April 19, 1973 in New York City,...
31. Pál Fejös
Director | Sonnenstrahl
Budapest-born director Paul Fejos first called attention to himself in Kecskemét, Hungary, as a student actor. During World War I he was a soldier in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and after the war he became a student of chemistry. His artistic inclination, however, drew him to the ...
32. Gitta Alpar
Actress | I Give My Heart
Gitta Alpar was born on February 5, 1900 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Regina Kalisch. She was an actress, known for The Loves of Madame Dubarry (1935), She, or Nobody (1932) and Gitta entdeckt ihr Herz (1932). She was married to Niels Wessel Bagge and Gustav Fröhlich. She died on February 17, ...
33. Gyula Kabos
Actor | Hyppolit a lakáj
Gyula Kabos was born on March 19, 1887 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Gyula Kann. He was an actor, known for Hyppolit a lakáj (1931), Iglói diákok (1935) and Halló Budapest! (1935). He was married to Mária Puhalag. He died on October 6, 1941 in New York City, New York, ...
34. Ferenc Molnár
Writer | Tales of Manhattan
Ferenc Molnár was born on January 12, 1878 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Ferenc Neumann. He is known for his work on Tales of Manhattan (1942), Carousel and Carousel (1956). He was married to Lili Darvas, Sári Fedák and Margit Vészi. He died on April 1, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.
35. Jenny Dolly
Actress | The Call of the Dance
The Great Ziegfeld discovered the Dolly Sisters - identical twins Jenny and Rosie - dancing in the middle rung of the vaudeville circuit and hired them for his 1911 Follies. With their dark olive complexions and diminutive statures, they exuded an elusive exotic allure, but in reality they were ...
36. Steve Sekely
Director | A Noszty fiú esete Tóth Marival
Hungarian-born director, a former journalist. From 1930 he made films in his own country, as well as in Germany. In Hollywood from 1939, he turned out mostly routine low-budget features for Poverty Row companies like PRC, Monogram, Grand National and Eagle Lion. Did arguably his best work on a ...
37. Joseph Kosma
Soundtrack | Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Joseph Kosma was born in Budapest. He took an interest in music at a very young age, writing an opera called "Noel dans les Tranchées" as a teenager. One of his greatest loves in Budapest was the music of Bela Bartok. Finding the political atmosphere to be more and more oppressive in Budapest, ...
38. Lucy Doraine
Actress | Sodom und Gomorrha
Ilona (Ilonka) Kovacs began her youthful film career in her native Hungary, barely out of her teens. That career was initially guided by the veteran Hungarian director, Mihaly Kertesz (Michael Curtiz), who became her first husband. Given that "Kovacs" in Hungarian is about as ordinary as "Smith" in...
39. Attila Hörbiger
Attila Hörbiger was born on April 21, 1896 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Wir sind noch einmal davongekommen (1961), Fast ein Poet (1968) and Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg (1966). He was married to Paula Wessely. He died on April 27, 1987 in Vienna, Austria.
40. Rosie Dolly
Actress | The Lily and the Rose
Rosie Dolly was born on October 25, 1892 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Roszika Deutsch. She was an actress, known for The Lily and the Rose (1915), The Million Dollar Dollies (1918) and Our Mutual Girl (1914). She was married to Irving Netcher, Mortimer Davis and Jean Schwartz. She died on ...
43. Géza von Bolváry
Director | Opernball
Géza von Bolváry was born on December 26, 1897 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Géza Maria von Bolváry-Zahn. He was a director and writer, known for Opernball (1939), Frühjahrsparade (1934) and Flower of the Tisza (1939). He was married to Helene von Bolvary. He died on August 10, 1961 in ...
45. Georg Solti
Soundtrack | Birth
Sir Georg Solti was a renowned orchestra and opera conductor, best known as the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who set a since-surpassed record by winning 31 Grammy Awards. He was born György Stern in Budapest, Hungary (his Germanic last named was changed under the country's ...
46. Jules Engel
Director | The Ivory Knife: Paul Jenkins at Work
Founder of the experimental-animation program at CalArts in 1970 (where he taught for over thirty years), and a founder of the UPA animation studio, Jules Engel choreographed the famous hippopotamus/alligator dance, the bottle-dancing Cossack thistles and the mushroom ballet within "Fantasia" (1940...
47. Irén Ágay
Actress | Lila akác
Irén Ágay was born on February 23, 1912 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress and producer, known for Lila akác (1934), Hoheit tanzt Walzer (1935) and Maga lesz a férjem (1938). She was married to Steve Sekely. She died on September 3, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.
48. Arthur Koestler
Writer | Darkness at Noon
Arthur Koestler was born on September 5, 1905 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Kösztler Artúr. He was a writer, known for Darkness at Noon, Producers' Showcase (1954) and Biography (1970). He was married to Cynthia May Jefferies, Mamaine Paget and Dorothee Ascher. He died on March 3, 1983 in London,...
50. Nicholas Bela
Actor | Little Caesar
Nicholas Bela was born on July 18, 1900 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Little Caesar (1931), Adoration (1928) and The Lady in Question (1940). He was married to Katherine Davis. He died on November 18, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA.