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|Also Known As:||Died:||September 30, 2012|
|Born:||March 30, 1922||Cause of Death:||Parkinson's Disease|
|Birth Place:||Vienna, , AT||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Raised in Vienna, Austria
After the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany, family moved to Switzerland, then Paris, eventually heading to the U.S.
Moved to California to study acting and perfect English
Made U.S. film acting debut in "Footsteps in the Dark" and "Shadows on the Stairs"
Signed to an acting contract by Universal
Appeared in Universal war serial "Junior G-Men of the Air"
Played supporting role in horror film "The Mummy's Tomb"
First of four films with Maria Montez and Jon Hall, "Arabian Nights"
Acted in episodes of Universal action serial "The Adventures of Smilin' Jack"
Co-starred with Montez and Hall in "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
Loaned out to MGM for "Dragon Seed"
Drafted into U.S. Army; served 18 months
Played storyteller Aesop in "Night in Paradise"
After refusing a role, Universal put him on suspension and then sold his contract to Eagle-Lion Studios (date approximate)
First film under new contract, "Out of the Blue"
Last film for Eagle-Lion, "Song of India"
Moved back to Austria in the 1950s
Produced "Stolen Identity"; two different versions were shot, both starring Francis Lederer; one was an English-language version the other in German
Last film in over 40 years, "Prisoners of the Casbah"
Directed stage productions in Europe
Abandoned acting career to concentrate on photography
Returned to Hollywood; resumed acting career
Guest starred on an episode of "SeaQuest DSV" (NBC)
Appeared as the Centauri Emperor on syndicated adventures series "Babylon 5" (syndicated)
Final film appearance, "Virtual Combat"
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