Paul Muni

Actor
Dynamic actor from the Yiddish stage who earned an Oscar nomination for his 1929 film debut in "The Valiant". Muni's performance as the volatile mob boss in "Scarface" (1932) led to a long-term contract with Warner ... Read more »
Born: 09/21/1895 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (20)

The Last Angry Man 1958 (Movie)

Dr Sam Abelman (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

A Song to Remember 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Juarez 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Good Earth 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Life of Emile Zola 1936 (Movie)

Emile Zola (Actor)

The Story of Louis Pasteur 1935 (Movie)

Dr. Louis Pasteur (Actor)

Black Fury 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

Tony Camonte (Actor)

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang 1931 (Movie)

James Allen (Actor)

The Valiant 1928 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

Judge Parker (Actor)

Counter Attack (Movie)

Alexei Kulkov (Actor)

Dr. Socrates (Movie)

Dr. Caldwell (Actor)

Hi, Nellie! (Movie)

Bradshaw (Actor)

Hudson's Bay (Movie)

Pierre Esprit Radisson (Actor)

The Commandos Strike at Dawn (Movie)

Erik Toresen (Actor)

The Woman I Love (Movie)

Lt. Claude Maury (Actor)

The World Changes (Movie)

Orin Nordholm, Jr. (Actor)

We Are Not Alone (Movie)

Dr. David Newcome (Actor)

Biography

Dynamic actor from the Yiddish stage who earned an Oscar nomination for his 1929 film debut in "The Valiant". Muni's performance as the volatile mob boss in "Scarface" (1932) led to a long-term contract with Warner Bros. and he made his mark in a series of critically acclaimed biopics, portraying the likes of Louis Pasteur and Emile Zola. He subsequently divided his time between the stage and screen, making intermittent film appearances until faltering eyesight ended his career in 1959.

Relationships

Ellis Weisenfreund

Brother

Joseph Weisenfreund

Brother

Abem Finkel

Brother-In-Law

Bella Muni

Wife
married on May 8, 1921 died at age 73 on October 1, 1971 niece of Yiddish theater actor Boris Tomashefsky

Nathan Weisenfreund

Father
died in 1913 both parents were strolling players in the ghettos of Eastern Europe

Sally Weisenfreund

Mother
died in 1934

Milestones

1959

Appeared in last film, "The Last Angry Man"

1955

"Inherit the Wind" opened on Broadway on April 21

1955

Diagnosed with tumor near his eye; eye is removed that summer

1953

First filmed television, "The People vs. Johnson", for "Ford Theatre" anthology series

1949

Starred in New York broadcast of "This Year Israel", presented by United Jewish Appeal over CBS Radio on April 15

1948

Reprised "Counsellor-at-Law" role on live television, presented by Philco Playhouse on NBC

1942

Hospitalized for neuritis (on February 10)

1940

Contributed to help establish the Chinese Emergency Relief Committee

1940

Released from Warner Brothers contract on July 19; began free-lancing

1939

Returned to the stage to appear in "Key Largo"

1937

Appointed in September to the Board of the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League for the Defense of American Democracy

1933

Moved to Los Angeles

1932

Signed exclusive long-term contract with Warner Brothers, paying him $50,000 per film and giving him script approval; first film under contract, "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang"

1932

Secured film stardom with "Scarface"

1931

Starred in greatest stage success, "Counsellor-at-Law"

1929

Made film debut (and received first Oscar nomination) in "The Valiant"

1926

Played in "Four Walls" on stage with wife Bella

1926

First role in English-speaking theater, "We Americans"

1918

Joined the Yiddish Art Theater in New York City

1908

Moved to Chicago with his family

1907

Made first stage appearance in Cleveland as elderly lodge president in the sketch "Two Corpses at Breakfast"

1905

Moved to Cleveland with family

1900

Moved to New York City via London

Moved to Hollywood, changes name to Paul Muni

Mother Sally remarried Morris Nasiter

Made final stage appearance in a musical adaptation of "Grand Hotel" entitled "At the Grand", played in Los Angeles and San Francisco; Muni's only experience in musical comedy

Bonus Trivia

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Named to the Jewish Hall of Fame in 1937

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Received Certificate of Life Membership in 1939, presented by the Actors Fund of America

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