Martin Kosleck

Actor, Portrait artist
Diminutive character actor of Russian extraction, born in Pomerania (now divided between Germany and Poland), who gained experience on the German stage, most notably in productions helmed by the legendary Max Reinhardt ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1904 in Barkotzen, , DE

Filmography

Actor (25)

Longstreet 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Agent For H.A.R.M. 1966 (Movie)

Malko (Actor)

36 Hours 1963 (Movie)

Kraatz (Actor)

Hitler 1961 (Movie)

Paul Joseph Goebbels (Actor)

Something Wild 1960 (Movie)

Landlord (Actor)

Assigned to Danger 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

She Wolf of London 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nurse Edith Cavell 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alraune (Movie)

Petersen (Actor)

Berlin Correspondent (Movie)

Capt. Carl von Rau (Actor)

Calling Philo Vance (Movie)

Gamble (Actor)

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Movie)

Josef Goebbels (Actor)

Espionage Agent (Movie)

Karl Mullen (Actor)

Fashions of 1934 (Movie)

Dance Director (Actor)

House of Horrors (Movie)

Marcel De Lange (Actor)

International Lady (Movie)

Bruner (Actor)

Manila Calling (Movie)

Heller (Actor)

Nazi Agent (Movie)

Kurt Richten (Actor)

Nick Carter, Master Detective (Movie)

Otto King (Actor)

Pursuit to Algiers (Movie)

Mirko (Actor)

The Frozen Ghost (Movie)

Rudy Poldan (Actor)

The Mummy's Curse (Movie)

Raghab (Actor)

The North Star (Movie)

Dr. Max Richter (Actor)

Biography

Diminutive character actor of Russian extraction, born in Pomerania (now divided between Germany and Poland), who gained experience on the German stage, most notably in productions helmed by the legendary Max Reinhardt. Kosleck moved to Hollywood in the 1930s and, after supporting himself as a portrait artist, began to make his mark near the end of the decade. With his incisive line delivery, piercing eyes and strong, angular features, Kosleck found himself typecast in two types of roles for the duration of his screen career. He played mad scientists, psychopathic killers and sometimes red herring murder suspects in Universal horror films including "The Mummy's Curse" (1944) and "She Wolf of London" (1946). He was especially entertaining as a crazed sculptor sending a killer to do in all those who had berated his work in "House of Horrors" (1946). Kosleck spent even more of his time, however, playing particularly nasty Nazis in "Nazi Agent" (1942), "The North Star" (1943) and many others. One of his specialties became impersonating Hitler's propaganda minister Josef Goebbels, which he did five times. Kosleck first played the role in "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (1939) and was still playing the part in "Hitler" (1962). His most memorable shot at the role, however, was in the surprisingly powerful "B" film, "The Hitler Gang" (1944). Kosleck continued acting in features into the late 1960s and later did occasional TV work.

Milestones

1966

Last features included "The Agent for H.A.R.M."

1962

Reprised the role of Goebbels in "Hitler"

1943

Again played Goebbels in "The Hitler Gang"

1939

Earliest notable Hollywood screen roles included parts in the films "Nurse Edith Cavell"; "Nick Carter, Master Detective" and "Espionage Agent"

1939

First played Josef Goebbels in "Confessions of a Nazi Spy"

1938

Appeared in the German feature, "Napoleon auf St. Helena"

Acted on TV-movies including the pilot for the detective series "Longstreet" (1971) and the war comedy, "Wake Me When the War Is Over" (1969)

Acted onstage in productions helmed by Max Reinhardt

Moved to Hollywood in the 1930s; supported himself for a time as a portrait artist while trying to forge a career in the movies

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