Paul Henreid


Actor
Paul Henreid

About

Also Known As
Paul Von Henreid, Paul Von Wasel-Waldingau, Paul George Julius Von Hernreid Ritter, Paul Von Hernried
Birth Place
Trieste,
Born
January 10, 1908
Died
March 29, 1992
Cause of Death
Pneumonia After A Stroke

Biography

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 ari...

Photos & Videos

Casablanca - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Now, Voyager - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Stolen Face - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Lisl Henreid
Wife
Married in 1936 until his death.

Bibliography

"Ladies Man"
Paul Henreid and Julius Fast (1984)

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).

Biography

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."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

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

Cast (Feature Film)

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Death Among Friends (1975)
The Failing of Raymond (1971)
The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
The General
Operation Crossbow (1965)
General Ziemann
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
Etienne Laurier
Holiday for Lovers (1959)
Eduardo Barroso
Never So Few (1959)
Nikko Regas
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Anton
A Woman's Devotion (1956)
Capt. Henrique Monteros
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Pierre
Pirates of Tripoli (1955)
Edri-Al-Gadrian
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Florenz Ziegfeld
Man in Hiding (1953)
Hugo Bishop
Siren of Bagdad (1953)
Kazah the Great
Stolen Face (1952)
Dr. Philip Ritter
For Men Only (1952)
Dr. Stephen Brice
Thief of Damascus (1952)
Abu Andar
Pardon My French (1951)
Paul Rencourt
Last of the Buccaneers (1950)
Jean Lafitte
So Young, So Bad (1950)
Dr. [John H.] Jason
Rope of Sand (1949)
Commandant Paul Vogel
Hollow Triumph (1948)
John Muller/Dr. [Victor] Bartok
Song of Love (1947)
Robert Schumann
Deception (1946)
Karel Novak
Devotion (1946)
Arthur Nicholls
Of Human Bondage (1946)
Philip Carey
The Spanish Main (1945)
Laurent Van Horn, also known as "The Barracuda"
Between Two Worlds (1944)
Henry Bergner
In Our Time (1944)
Count Stephan Orvid
The Conspirators (1944)
Vincent Van Der Lyn
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Jerry Durrance
Joan of Paris (1942)
Paul [Lavallier]
Casablanca (1942)
Victor Lazlo
Night Train (1940)
Karl Marsen
Under Your Hat (1940)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
[Max] Staefel
Eva (1935)
... Nur ein Komodiant (1935)
Hohe Schule (1934)

Writer (Feature Film)

Blues for Lovers (1966)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

For Men Only (1952)
Producer
Hollow Triumph (1948)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

On the Road to Hollywood (1984)
Other

Life Events

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

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

1934

Screen acting debut in "Hohe Schule"

1935

Moved to England

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"

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

Photo Collections

Casablanca - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Warner Bros' Casablanca (1942), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains.
Now, Voyager - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken during production of Now, Voyager (1942), starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid.
Stolen Face - Movie Poster
Stolen Face - Movie Poster
The Spanish Main - Movie Posters
The Spanish Main - Movie Posters
Now, Voyager - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to publicize Warner Bros' Now, Voyager (1942), starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Now, Voyager - Movie Poster
Here is the American 1-Sheet movie poster of Now, Voyager (1942), starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Girls on the Loose - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Universal Pictures' Girls on the Loose (1958), starring starring Mara Corady and Abby Dalton, and directed by Paul Henreid.
Never So Few - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen, and directed by John Sturges.

Videos

Movie Clip

Casablanca (1942) - You Are A Subject Of The German Reich Czech resistance hero Lazlo (Paul Henreid) and consort Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) arrive at Rick's Cafe, surprising Sam (Dooley Wilson), meeting Norwegian Berger (John Qualen), French Renault (Claude Rains) and German Strasser (Conrad Veidt), early in Casablanca, 1942.
Deception (1946) - I Infer a Husband Maestro Alexander (Claude Rains) drops in on the wedding of his ex-mistress Christine (Bette Davis) and troubled Karel (Paul Henreid) in director Irving Rapper's Deception, 1946.
Deception (1946) - No Rings Pianist Christine (Bette Davis) surprises cellist and beau Karel (Paul Henreid) after a concert and a long war-time separation in director Irving Rapper's Deception, 1946.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - He Played For The Gentlemen Two new characters, about an hour into the picture, Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Brits Charters and Caldicott are catching the Berlin to Munich train when they’re surprised to see Rex Harrison, as undercover agent Randall, posing as a Nazi, sneaking Margaret Lockwood and her father out of Germany, watched by suspicious Paul Henreid, with a not-too obscure cricket reference, in Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - So Did Napoleon By way of introducing the Times of London, with a reference to the German foreign minister, Czech refugee Anna (Margaret Lockwood) has been advised by her rescuer Karl (Paul Henreid), not realizing HE’s an undercover Nazi spy, to place an ad, in hopes she’ll lead him to her fugitive scientist father, but she trusts Roland Culver, the British intelligence man on the phone, another wrinkle, in Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - I'm Suffering From An Eye Strain Substantial plot twist, to infuriate any viewer who was liking Paul Henreid as Karl Marsen, Czech concentration camp escapee who, now in London, reveals himself to be a Nazi mole, visiting an opthalmologist (Felix Aylmer) who, after a clever bit with an eye chart, does exposition, in Night Train To Munich, 1940, from director Carol Reed and producer Alexander Korda.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - Insolence Does Not Pay Daughter of an exiled Czech scientist, now conscripted by the Nazi occupiers as a prison nurse, Margaret Lockwood (as Anna) observes as a snarling doctor (John Wengraf) examines Paul (von) Henreid, as inmate Marsen, who seems a lot like Victor Laszlo, his first scene, in director Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich 1940.
Never So Few (1959) - Opening, In The Hills Of North Burma Handy cast I-D shots are featured in the opening to John Sturges' World War Two Burma adventure Never So Few, 1959, starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen.
Never So Few (1959) - I Like Mature Men Elaborate meeting in a Calcutta restaurant between merchant Regas (Paul Henreid), his squeeze Carla (Gina Lollobrigida) and guerrilla commanders visiting from Burma (Richard Johnson as Brit De Mortimer, Frank Sinatra as American Reynolds), in the WWII adventure Never So Few, 1959.
Madwoman Of Chaillot, The (1969) - We Have The Bomb! With little context, "The General" (Paul Henreid) addresses his new charges, while the title character (Katharine Hepburn) advances through her neighborhood, early in director Bryan Forbes' all-star contemporary treatment of Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman Of Chaillot, 1969.
Dead Ringer (1964) - I Want To Hear All About You Immediately from director Paul Henreid’s credit, at the Rosedale Cemetery southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Bette Davis off a bus to a funeral, where she meets a veiled person who seems to have the same voice, in Dead Ringer, 1964, co-starring Karl Malden and Peter Lawford.
Dead Ringer (1964) - Money's No Object Trick shots from director Paul Henried, directing two Bette Davises, as newly-acquainted long-estranged twin sisters, financially stressed Edie having lured wealthy Margaret to her home, making her confess to stealing her now-deceased husband, her scheme revealed, in Dead Ringer, 1964.

Trailer

Devotion (1946) -- (Original Trailer) The Bronte sisters and their brother fight personal demons in the film biography, Devotion (1946),with Ida Lupino & Olivia de Havilland.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) -- (Original Trailer) With disco, insects, electronics, general demonic bedlam and terrific talent on both sides of the camera, the original trailer for the almost universally denounced sequel, Exorcist II:The Heretic, 1977, directed by John Boorman.
Hollywood Canteen -- (Original Trailer) Half of Hollywood pitches in to help a serviceman and a starlet find love at the Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Deep in My Heart -- (Original Trailer) Jose Ferrer stars in Deep in My Heart (1954), MGM's all-star biography of Broadway songsmith Sigmund Romberg.
Dead Ringer - (Original Trailer) Bette Davis vs. her evil twin in Dead Ringer (1964), a thriller directed by her former Now, Voyager co-star Paul Henreid.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) - (Original Trailer) A cold-hearted teacher becomes the school favorite when he falls for a beautiful young woman in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) with Robert Donat.
Of Human Bondage (1946) - (Original Trailer) Paul Henreid is the medical student in love with Eleanor Parker's Cockney waitress in the second version of Of Human Bondage (1946).
Casablanca - (Original Trailer) An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up in Casablanca (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart.
Song of Love - (Original Trailer) Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid and Robert Walker star in Song of Love (1947), the true story of Clara Schumann's battle to restore her husband's health and resist the romantic overtures of Johannes Brahms.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The (1962) - (Original Trailer) Members of an Argentinan family fight on opposite sides during WW II in Vincente Minnelli's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) starring Glenn Ford.
Deception - (Original Trailer) A woman (Bette Davis) tries to protect her refugee husband (Paul Henreid) from her rich and powerful ex-lover (Claude Rains) in Deception (1946).
Meet Me in Las Vegas - (Original Trailer) A ballerina (Cyd Charisse) becomes a lucky charm for a gambler in Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956).

Family

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

Companions

Lisl Henreid
Wife
Married in 1936 until his death.

Bibliography

"Ladies Man"
Paul Henreid and Julius Fast (1984)

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.