Conrad Veidt

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1893 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (19)

All Through the Night 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Woman's Face 1940 (Movie)

Torsten Barring (Actor)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

Captain Andersen (Actor)

The Thief of Bagdad 1939 (Movie)

Jaffar (Actor)

Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari 1921 (Movie)

Cesare (Actor)

Anders als die Anderen 1918 (Movie)

(Actor)

Above Suspicion (Movie)

Hassert Seidel (Actor)

Dark Journey (Movie)

Baron Karl von Marwitz (Actor)

Escape (Movie)

Gen. Kurt Von Kolb (Actor)

I Was a Spy (Movie)

Commandant Oberaertz (Actor)

Illusion (Movie)

(Actor)

Legend of William Tell (Movie)

Gessler (Actor)

Nazi Agent (Movie)

Otto Becker/Baron Hugo von Detner (Actor)

Rasputin (TV Show)

Actor

The Beloved Rogue (Movie)

Louis XI (Actor)

The Man Who Laughs (Movie)

Gwynplaine (Actor)

The Men in Her Life (Movie)

Stanislav Rosing (Actor)

Under the Red Robe (Movie)

Gil de Berault (Actor)

Whistling in the Dark (Movie)

Joseph Jones (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Felicitas Radke

Wife

Gussy Hall

Wife
divorced later married Emil Jannings

Vera-Viola Veidt

Daughter
born August, 1925 mother Felicitas Radke

Milestones

1940

First Hollywood sound film, "Escape"

1940

Moved to Hollywood

1939

Became British citizen

1932

First English-speaking film (not dubbed) "Rome Express"

1930

Moved to England during Nazi rise to power (third wife was half-Jewish)

1929

Returned to Germany

1927

US film debut, "The Beloved Rogue"

1919

Founded own film company and directed first film, "Wahnsinn"

1917

German film acting debut with "Der Spion/The Spy"

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

1913

Stage acting debut with Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theatre Berlin)

Moved to Hollywood in mid-1920s

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