Walter Slezak

Actor, Opera singer, Bank clerk
Romantic lead and then (due to his increasing weight) character player, discovered by Michael Curtiz in Hungary in 1922. Slezak began appearing in German films that year and moved to the US, initially as a stage actor ... Read more »
Born: 05/03/1902 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (34)

The Mysterious House of Dr. C 1975 (Movie)

Dr Coppelius (Actor)

Treasure Island 1972 (Movie)

Squire Trelawney (Actor)

Black Beauty 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Very Special Favor 1965 (Movie)

Etienne, Proprietor (Actor)

Emil and the Detectives 1963 (Movie)

Baron (Actor)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

Stossel (Actor)

Come September 1961 (Movie)

Maurice Clavell (Actor)

Pinocchio 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Telephone Time 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle 1958 (Movie)

Flaco (Actor)

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1956 (Movie)

Vittorio Martelli (Actor)

The Good Fairy 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Madam 1953 (Movie)

Tantinnin (Actor)

Confidentially Connie 1953 (Movie)

Emil Spangenberg (Actor)

White Witch Doctor 1953 (Movie)

Huysman (Actor)

Bedtime For Bonzo 1950 (Movie)

Hans Neumann (Actor)

The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

Don Pedro Vargas (Actor)

Born to Kill 1947 (Movie)

Arnold Arnett (Actor)

Sinbad the Sailor 1947 (Movie)

Melik (Actor)

Lifeboat 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Princess and the Pirate 1943 (Movie)

La Roche (Actor)

Fallen Sparrow 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Once Upon a Honeymoon 1941 (Movie)

Baron Von Luber (Actor)

Cornered (Movie)

Incza (Actor)

Heidi (TV Show)

Actor

People Will Talk (Movie)

Prof. Barker (Actor)

Salome, Where She Danced (Movie)

Dimitrioff (Actor)

Step Lively (Movie)

Joe Gribble (Actor)

The Inspector General (Movie)

Yakov (Actor)

The Spanish Main (Movie)

Don Alvarado (Actor)

This Land Is Mine (Movie)

Maj. Erich von Keller (Actor)

Till We Meet Again (Movie)

Vitrey, Mayor (Actor)

Biography

Romantic lead and then (due to his increasing weight) character player, discovered by Michael Curtiz in Hungary in 1922. Slezak began appearing in German films that year and moved to the US, initially as a stage actor, in 1930. His screen roles were often as heavies, notably in "This Land is Mine" (1943) and "Lifeboat" (1944). Like his father, Leo Slezak (1873-1946), he was also a gifted opera singer. Daughter Erika Slezak has appeared on daytime soaps.

Relationships

Leo Slezak

Father
born 1873, died 1946

Erika Slezak

Daughter
born 1946

Ingrid Slezak

Daughter

Leo Slezak

Son
worked in theater in Vienna as an assistant stage director

EDUCATION

studied medicine

Milestones

1974

Played daughter Erika Slezak's godfather on her daytime soap opera, "One Life to Live"

1959

US opera debut in "The Gypsy Baron" at the Metropolitan Opera

1941

US film debut, "Once Upon a Honeymoon"

1931

Broadway debut

1930

Moved to US

1922

Worked as bank clerk when discovered by director Michael Kertesz (later Curtiz)

1922

Screen debut, "Sodom und Gomorrah"

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