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Walter Slezak

Walter Slezak



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Also Known As: Died: April 21, 1983
Born: May 3, 1902 Cause of Death: suicide by shooting
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Cast ... actor opera singer bank clerk


Romantic lead and then (due to his increasing weight) character player, discovered by Michael Curtiz in Hungary in 1922. Slezak began appearing in German films that year and moved to the US, initially as a stage actor, in 1930. His screen roles were often as heavies, notably in "This Land is Mine" (1943) and "Lifeboat" (1944). Like his father, Leo Slezak (1873-1946), he was also a gifted opera singer. Daughter Erika Slezak has appeared on daytime soaps.

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