Curt Bois

Actor
Diminutive character player who specialized in dapper comic roles, often as head waiters or pompous clerks, in his more than 25 German and 40 Hollywood films. Bois began acting at seven and later worked in cabaret and ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1901 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Actor (33)

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

Homer--the Old Man (Actor)

Gedaechtnis 1981 (Movie)

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The Boat Is Full 1981 (Movie)

Lazar Ostrowskij (Actor)

Nach Meinem Letzten Umzug 1971 (Movie)

Puntila (Actor)

Ganovenehre 1965 (Movie)

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Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti 1954 (Movie)

Herr Puntila (Actor)

Caught 1949 (Movie)

Franzi (Actor)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

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Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

Dark European (Actor)

Hold Back the Dawn 1940 (Movie)

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Boom Town 1939 (Movie)

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)

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The Great Waltz 1937 (Movie)

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Die Austernprinzessin 1918 (Movie)

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A Kiss in the Dark (Movie)

Schloss (Actor)

Arch of Triumph (Movie)

Tattooed Waiter (Actor)

Gold Diggers in Paris (Movie)

Padrinsky (Actor)

Gypsy Wildcat (Movie)

Valdi (Actor)

He Stayed for Breakfast (Movie)

Comrade Tronavich (Actor)

Hotel Imperial (Movie)

Anton (Actor)

Hullabaloo (Movie)

Armand Francois (Actor)

Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

My Gal Sal (Movie)

Monsieur De Rochemont (Actor)

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Movie)

Zaltz (Actor)

Pacific Rendezvous (Movie)

Kestrin (Actor)

Saratoga Trunk (Movie)

Augustin Haussy (Actor)

Swing Fever (Movie)

Nick Serocco (Actor)

That Night in Rio (Movie)

Felicio Salles (Actor)

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Henri Lurette (Actor)

The Spanish Main (Movie)

Paree (Actor)

The Woman in White (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Tovarich (Movie)

Alfonso (Actor)

Up in Central Park (Movie)

Maitre d' (Actor)

Biography

Diminutive character player who specialized in dapper comic roles, often as head waiters or pompous clerks, in his more than 25 German and 40 Hollywood films. Bois began acting at seven and later worked in cabaret and with Max Reinhardt before fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933. He appeared on the New York stage before earning roles in the Hollywood films "Tovarich" (1937), "Casablanca" (1942, as a pickpocket), "Cover Girl" (1944) and "Caught" (1949).

Bois appeared in over 40 Hollywood features by directors including Max Ophuls and Ernst Lubitsch before returning in 1950 to Germany, where he resumed film work and, under the direction of Bertolt Brecht, his stage career. He directed and co-wrote the 1955 film, "Ein Polterabend". More recently Bois gave a memorable performance in Wim Wenders's "Wings of Desire" (1987) as a contemporary Homer, blindly wandering the streets of modern Berlin.

Relationships

Dagmar Bois

Wife

Milestones

1981

Was subject of a profile on German TV

1952

Created one of the title roles in Bertolt Brecht's "Herr Puntila and His Valet Matti" under the author's direction at the Berliner Ensemble; starred in the 1957 film version of the play under the direction of Alberto Cavalcanti

1950

Returned to Germany

1937

Hollywood film debut, "Tovarich"

1935

Broadway debut

1933

After fleeing Nazi Germany, traveled to Vienna, Prague, Paris and London before going to US, where he performed on the NY stage and later went to Hollywood

1909

Film acting debut, "Klebolin klebt alles"

Starred on German TV in Brecht's "Dialogues of Exiles" (1964) and in the title role of "Bertolt Brecht at the McCarthy Hearings"

Toured Germany, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland with the Drawing Room Humorist Revue

Appeared on German stage under the direction of Fritz Kortner

Worked on the stage, in cabaret, in 27 films and on TV in Germany

Made stage debut at the age of seven

Bonus Trivia

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Was Recipient of an homage at the Berlin Film Festival in 1983.

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