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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:||Cast ... actor producer director|
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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