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Also Known As: Paul Von Henreid, Paul Von Wasel-Waldingau, Paul George Julius Von Hernreid Ritter, Paul Von Hernried, Paul Von Henreid Died: March 29, 1992
Born: January 10, 1908 Cause of Death: pneumonia after a stroke
Birth Place: Profession: actor, producer, director, translator, book designer

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Suave, romantic leading man who, in the 1940s and 50s, represented the epitome of continental charm. Henreid is best remembered as Ingrid Bergman's husband, the stoic Resistance leader Victor Laszlo, in "Casablanca" (1943) and for his classic bit of romantic business in "Now Voyager" (1942) in which he lit two cigarettes at the same time and handed one to Bette Davis. The scion of an aristocratic Austrian family, Henreid first worked as a designer and translator at a Vienna publishing firm until he was discovered in an acting school performance by Otto Preminger, who was then Max Reinhardt's managing director. Henreid became a leading man with Reinhardt's theater company and appeared in two Austrian films in the early 1930s before he moved to England because of his anti-Nazi sentiments. There he starred on the London stage and in films, ironically being cast as a Nazi officer in "Madman of Europe" and as a Gestapo agent in Carol Reed's "Night Train" (both 1940). Moving to the US in 1940, he was again cast as a German in the Broadway production "Flight to the West". Signing with RKO Radio Pictures in 1941, Henreid played his first heroic role as a Free French R.A.F. pilot in his Hollywood debut, "Joan...

Suave, romantic leading man who, in the 1940s and 50s, represented the epitome of continental charm. Henreid is best remembered as Ingrid Bergman's husband, the stoic Resistance leader Victor Laszlo, in "Casablanca" (1943) and for his classic bit of romantic business in "Now Voyager" (1942) in which he lit two cigarettes at the same time and handed one to Bette Davis.

The scion of an aristocratic Austrian family, Henreid first worked as a designer and translator at a Vienna publishing firm until he was discovered in an acting school performance by Otto Preminger, who was then Max Reinhardt's managing director. Henreid became a leading man with Reinhardt's theater company and appeared in two Austrian films in the early 1930s before he moved to England because of his anti-Nazi sentiments. There he starred on the London stage and in films, ironically being cast as a Nazi officer in "Madman of Europe" and as a Gestapo agent in Carol Reed's "Night Train" (both 1940). Moving to the US in 1940, he was again cast as a German in the Broadway production "Flight to the West".

Signing with RKO Radio Pictures in 1941, Henreid played his first heroic role as a Free French R.A.F. pilot in his Hollywood debut, "Joan of Paris" (1941). It was the first of many films in which he would dramatize the wartime plight of sympathetic Europeans.

In the 50s Henreid starred in mediocre swashbucklers such as "Last of the Buccaneers" (1950) and "Thief of Damascus" (1952), and melodramas like "So Young, So Bad" (1950) and "Stolen Face" (1952). With his career as a romantic lead petering out he switched to producing and directing, especially on TV, where he directed numerous episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "The Schlitz Playhouse", "G.E. Theater", "Maverick" and "Bracken's World". In 1964, Henreid reteamed with his "Now, Voyager" and "Deception" (1946) co-star Bette Davis, directing her in the dual roles of homicidal twin sisters in the campy suspense melodrama "Dead Ringers".

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Blues for Lovers (1966) Director
2.
  Dead Ringer (1964) Director
3.
  Girls on the Loose (1958) Director
4.
  Live Fast, Die Young (1958) Director
5.
  A Woman's Devotion (1956) Director
6.
  For Men Only (1952) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Cardinal Jaros
2.
 Death Among Friends (1975) Otto Schiller
3.
 Failing of Raymond, The (1971) Dr Abel
4.
 The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) The General
5.
 Operation Crossbow (1965) General Ziemann
6.
 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) Etienne Laurier
7.
 Never So Few (1959) Nikko Regas
8.
 Holiday for Lovers (1959) Eduardo Barroso
9.
 Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) Anton
10.
 A Woman's Devotion (1956) Capt. Henrique Monteros
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1931:
Worked as a designer and translator for a publishing company in Vienna
1933:
Discovered by Otto Preminger (Max Reinhardt's managing director) who introduced him to Reinhardt
:
Became leading man with Max Reinhardt's Vienna theatre
:
Appeared on the Viennese stage in "Men in White" and "Mizzi" and in Austrian films (date approximate)
1934:
Screen acting debut in "Hohe Schule"
1934:
Was officially listed by Germany as a "minorities sympathizer" and an "enemy of the Third Reich" after he turned down a film contract with Germany's UFA film studio
1935:
Moved to England
:
Performed on London stage as Prince Albert in "Victoria Regina" (1937) and "The Jersey Lily" (1940)
1937:
British screen debut in bit part in "Victoria the Great"
1938:
Wife's family fled Vienna
1939:
British film acting debut, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
1940:
Moved to US
1940:
Repeated his role in "Victoria Regina" on radio opposite Helen Hayes before making his US stage debut
1940:
Broadway debut in "Flight to the West"
1941:
Signed by RKO Radio Pictures
1942:
US screen debut in "Joan of Paris"
1947:
Founded Banner Films (with Jack Chertok)
1948:
Produced first film (also starred), "Hollow Triumph"
1951:
Film directing debut with "For Men Only/The Tall Lie"
1953:
TV acting debut, "The Jewel" on "Ford Theater"
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Blacklisted as an actor after going to Washington with a group of Hollywood stars to protest the HUAC's Hollywood witchhunt during the early 1950s
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Became a TV director for Revue Productions, Desilu, 4-Star and Screen Gems among other companies in the early 1950s
1972:
Starred in Broadway production and US tour of "Don Juan in Hell"
1977:
Final screen performance in John Boorman's "Exorcist II: The Heretic"
1992:
"Casablanca" re-released on April 10, its 50th anniversary one week after Henreid's death
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Education

Maria Theresianische Academy: -
Institute of Graphic Arts: -
Konservatorium Dramatic Arts: -

Notes

He was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, 1st class for Science and Arts.

Received the American Classic Screen Award from the National Film Society (1980).

Given the Yellow Rose Award from the Texas Film Society for Artistic Achievement in 1983.

He was presented with the Legend Silver Screen Award (1984)

Named Malteser Ehren Ritter (Maltese Honor-Knight) in 1986

He was given the Golden Star of Honor for meritorious deeds about the land of Vienna.

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wife:
Lisl Henreid. Married in 1936 until his death.

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father:
Baron Carl Alphonsbanker von Hernreid. Knight of Wasel-Waldingau. Swedish baron.
mother:
Maria-Luise von Herneid.
daughter:
Monika Henreid. Former actor, theater and event producer. Appeared in "Dead Ringer" and "Blues For Lovers/Ballad in Blue" (both 1964).
daughter:
Mimi Duncan. Tennis pro.
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