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|Born||Paul Georg Julius Hernreid von Wasel Waldingau
10 January 1908
|Died||29 March 1992
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||pneumonia|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth "Lisl" Camilla Julia Gluck (1936-1992)
(his death) 2 children
Paul Henreid (10 January 1908 – 29 March 1992) was an Austrian-born American actor and film director. He is best remembered for two roles: Victor Laszlo in Casablanca and Jerry Durrance in Now, Voyager, both released in 1942.
Born Paul Georg Julius Freiherr von Hernreid Ritter von Wasel-Waldingau—or Paul George Julius Hernreid von Wasel Waldingau—in the city of Trieste, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Italy), Henreid was the son of Maria-Luise (Lendecke) and Baron Carl Alphons, a Viennese banker who had served as financial advisor to Emperor Franz Josef. However, Henreid's father died during World War I, and the family fortune had dwindled by the time he graduated from the exclusive Maria Theresianische Academie.
He trained for the theatre in Vienna, over his family's objections, and debuted there on the stage under the direction of Max Reinhardt. He began his film career acting in German films in the 1930s.
He played Prince Albert in the play Victoria Regina in 1937. With the outbreak of World War II, Henreid risked deportation or internment as an enemy alien, but was allowed to remain and work in England's film industry. He had a good supporting role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and third billing as a German espionage agent in the thriller Night Train to Munich (1940). He also had a minor role in Under Your Hat (1940).
He then travelled to the USA.
Henreid had a successful New York theater run in Flight to the West, He was put under contract by RKO in 1941. The studio changed his name from von Hernreid to the simpler and less overtly Germanic Henreid. That year, Henreid became a citizen of the United States.
His first film for the studio was Joan of Paris, which came out in 1942 and was a big hit.
Henreid went over to Warner Bros where he was in Now, Voyager (1942), playing the romantic lead opposite Bette Davis. Henreid shared with her one of cinema's best-known scenes, in which he lights two cigarettes at the same time and hands one to her.
Warners tried to consolidate Henreid's new status by co-starring him with Ida Lupino in a romantic drama, In Our Time (1944) then putting him in Between Two Worlds (1944), a remake of Outward Bound. The Conspirators (1944) was an attempt to repeat the success of Casablanca with Henreid fighting Nazis in an ostensible neutral city and a support cast that included Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.
None of these films were particularly successful. However, a pirate swashbuckler Henreid made at RKO, The Spanish Main (1945), was a huge hit. Back at Warners Henreid was the male lead in Devotion (1946) a biopic of the Bronte sisters in which Henreid played Arthur Bell Nicholls. He and Eleanor Parker were in an unsuccessful adaptation of Of Human Bondage (1946).
Henreid had a small role in Deep in My Heart (1954) at MGM, his first "A" movie for a number of years. He did Pirates of Tripoli (1955) for Katzman, and Meet Me in Las Vegas (1955) for MGM. He appeared on Broadway in a play called Festival which had a short run.
In 1964, Henreid directed Dead Ringer, which starred Bette Davis and featured, in a minor role, the director's daughter, Monika.
His last screen appearance was in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).
Henreid married Elizabeth "Lisl" Gluck (1908–1993) in 1936; the couple had two daughters.
*The Californians (1957-1959) various episodes
|1946||Suspense||"Angel of Death"|
|1946||Suspense||"No More Alice"|
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