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Imposing silent star who first gained prominence with Max Reinhardt's Berlin theater in the teens. Jannings appeared in several superior early German films, particularly those directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and was outstanding as the humiliated doorman in F.W. Murnau's "The Last Laugh" (1924). He moved to Hollywood in 1926 and won an Academy Award for Josef Von Sternberg's "The Last Command" (1928), but after the advent of sound his inadequate English forced a return to Germany. There he turned in his most famous performance, as Professor Rath in Von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel" (1930). In 1938 Jannings accepted Goebbels' invitation to head the Tobis Film Company, which produced Nazi propaganda features such as Veidt Harlan's "Der Herrscher" (1937) and Hans Steinhoff's "Ohm Kruger" (1941). The Allied authorities refused to allow Jannings to work after the war, though a subsequent inquiry into his fascist affiliations cleared him of any serious involvement with the Nazi regime.
Cast (Feature Film)
Film Production - Main (Feature Film)
Motion picture debut, "Im Shutzengraben"
First collaboration with director, screenwriter Ernst Lubitsch, "Wenn vier deasselbe tun"
Starred in the feature length silent, "Faust"
Signed contract with Paramount Pictures and moved to Hollywood CA
US feature debut, "The Way of All Flesh"
Final collaboration with Ernst Lubitsch, appeared in the silent version of "The Patriot"
Returned to Europe, and made sound debut in Josef Von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel"
Appointed head of State-Theater in Germany
Debut as production supervisor, also acted in, "The Ruler/Der Herrscher"
Appointed by Dr. Goebbels to chair Germany's Tobis Film Company
Named "Artist of the State"
First and only feature as producer, also appeared in, "Die Entlassung"
Final feature appearance, "Altes Herz wird weider jung"
Forbidden to perform in Germany after WWII, but was officially "denazified"
Relocated to Austria and became naturalized citizen