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Also Known As: Hans Walter Konrad Veidt Died: April 3, 1943
Born: January 22, 1893 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor, producer, director

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One of the premiere actors of the German stage and silent screen, Conrad Veidt went on to become a prominent film star in Great Britain prior to his exodus to Hollywood during World War II, where, ironically, he was most often cast as a Nazi. Amidst the turmoil of World War I, Veidt trained with the renowned Max Reinhardt at the Deutches Theater in Berlin, where he grew from bit player to prominent leading man. With his mesmerizing portrayal of the sleepwalking killer in "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920), Veidt achieved true lasting stardom as he continued to work with the greatest directors of the day, including Robert Wiene and F.W. Murnau. John Barrymore lured him out to Hollywood for "The Beloved Rogue" (1927) and director Paul Leni gave him one of his most iconic roles in "The Man Who Laughs" (1928), before the advent of sound prompted the German-speaking actor to return home. Soon, however, the rise of Nazism led Veidt and his Jewish wife to immigrate to England, where he mastered the language and continued his success in such works as "I Was a Spy" (1932) and "Dark Journey" (1937). Having relocated to Hollywood after the Blitz of London, the actor continued to work throughout the war, most...

One of the premiere actors of the German stage and silent screen, Conrad Veidt went on to become a prominent film star in Great Britain prior to his exodus to Hollywood during World War II, where, ironically, he was most often cast as a Nazi. Amidst the turmoil of World War I, Veidt trained with the renowned Max Reinhardt at the Deutches Theater in Berlin, where he grew from bit player to prominent leading man. With his mesmerizing portrayal of the sleepwalking killer in "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920), Veidt achieved true lasting stardom as he continued to work with the greatest directors of the day, including Robert Wiene and F.W. Murnau. John Barrymore lured him out to Hollywood for "The Beloved Rogue" (1927) and director Paul Leni gave him one of his most iconic roles in "The Man Who Laughs" (1928), before the advent of sound prompted the German-speaking actor to return home. Soon, however, the rise of Nazism led Veidt and his Jewish wife to immigrate to England, where he mastered the language and continued his success in such works as "I Was a Spy" (1932) and "Dark Journey" (1937). Having relocated to Hollywood after the Blitz of London, the actor continued to work throughout the war, most memorably as the icy Nazi, Major Strasser in "Casablanca" (1942). Remembered for roles at each end of his professional timeline, Veidt maintained a prolific career in both theater and film on three continents for more than 25 years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Above Suspicion (1943) Hassert Seidel
2.
 All Through the Night (1942) [Hall] Ebbing
3.
 Casablanca (1942) Major Strasser
4.
 Nazi Agent (1942) Otto Becker/Baron Hugo Von Detner
5.
 The Men in Her Life (1941) Stanislas Rosing
6.
 A Woman's Face (1941) Torsten Barring
7.
 Whistling in the Dark (1941) Joseph Jones
8.
 The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Jaffar
9.
 Contraband (1940)
10.
 Escape (1940) General Kurt Von Kolb
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1913:
Stage acting debut with Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theatre Berlin)
1914:
Called up for the army during WWI; sent to front in 1915 but jaundice sent him to rear; joined Lucie Mannheim's front-line theater
1917:
German film acting debut with "Der Spion/The Spy"
1919:
Founded own film company and directed first film, "Wahnsinn"
:
Moved to Hollywood in mid-1920s
1927:
US film debut, "The Beloved Rogue"
1929:
Returned to Germany
1930:
Moved to England during Nazi rise to power (third wife was half-Jewish)
1932:
First English-speaking film (not dubbed) "Rome Express"
1939:
Became British citizen
1940:
Moved to Hollywood
1940:
First Hollywood sound film, "Escape"
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wife:
Gussy Hall. Music-hall artiste. Divorced; later married Emil Jannings.
wife:
Felicitas Radke.

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daughter:
Vera-Viola Maria Veidt. Born August, 1925; mother Felicitas Radke.

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