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Hans Walter Conrad Veidt (22 January 1893 – 3 April 1943) was a German actor best remembered for his roles in films such as Different from the Others (1919), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), and The Man Who Laughs (1928). After a successful career in German silent film, where he was one of the best-paid stars of Ufa, he was forced to leave Germany in 1933 with his new Jewish wife after the Nazis came to power. They settled in Britain, where he participated in a number of films, including The Thief of Bagdad (1940), before emigrating to the United States around 1941, which lead to him having a supporting role in Casablanca (1942).

From 1916 until his death, Veidt appeared in more than 100 films. One of his earliest performances was as the murderous somnambulist Cesare in director Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), a classic of German Expressionist cinema, with Werner Krauss and Lil Dagover. His starring role in The Man Who Laughs (1928), as a disfigured circus performer whose face is cut into a permanent grin, provided the (visual) inspiration for the Batman villain the Joker, created in 1940 by Bill Finger. Veidt also starred in other silent horror films such as The Hands of Orlac (1924), another film directed by Robert Wiene, The Student of Prague (1926) and Waxworks (1924) where he played Ivan the Terrible.

Veidt also appeared in Magnus Hirschfeld's film Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others, 1919), one of the first films to sympathetically portray homosexuality, although the characters in it do not end up happily. He had a leading role in Germany's first talking picture, Das Land ohne Frauen (Land Without Women, 1929).

He moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s and made a few films, but the advent of talking pictures and his difficulty with speaking English led him to return to Germany. During this period he lent his expertise to tutoring aspiring performers, one of whom was the later American character actress Lisa Golm.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Conrad Veidt licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Hans Walter Conrad Veidt (22 January 1893 – 3 April 1943) was a German actor best remembered for his roles in films such as Different from the Others (1919), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), and The Man Who Laughs (1928). After a successful career in German silent film, where he was one of the best-paid stars of Ufa, he was forced to leave Germany in 1933 with his new Jewish wife after the Nazis came to power. They settled in Britain, where he participated in a number of films, including The Thief of Bagdad (1940), before emigrating to the United States around 1941, which lead to him having a supporting role in Casablanca (1942).

From 1916 until his death, Veidt appeared in more than 100 films. One of his earliest performances was as the murderous somnambulist Cesare in director Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), a classic of German Expressionist cinema, with Werner Krauss and Lil Dagover. His starring role in The Man Who Laughs (1928), as a disfigured circus performer whose face is cut into a permanent grin, provided the (visual) inspiration for the Batman villain the Joker, created in 1940 by Bill Finger. Veidt also starred in other silent horror films such as The Hands of Orlac (1924), another film directed by Robert Wiene, The Student of Prague (1926) and Waxworks (1924) where he played Ivan the Terrible.

Veidt also appeared in Magnus Hirschfeld's film Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others, 1919), one of the first films to sympathetically portray homosexuality, although the characters in it do not end up happily. He had a leading role in Germany's first talking picture, Das Land ohne Frauen (Land Without Women, 1929).

He moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s and made a few films, but the advent of talking pictures and his difficulty with speaking English led him to return to Germany. During this period he lent his expertise to tutoring aspiring performers, one of whom was the later American character actress Lisa Golm.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Conrad Veidt licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 81

Birthday 1893-01-22

Day of Death 1943-04-03

Place of Birth Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

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Also Known As

  • Veidt

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1943 Above Suspicion as Hassert Seidel
1942 Casablanca as Major Heinrich Strasser
1942 Nazi Agent as Otto Becker / Baron Hugo Von Detner
1942 All Through the Night as Franz Ebbing
1941 The Men in Her Life as Stanislas Rosing
1941 Whistling in the Dark as Joseph Jones
1941 A Woman's Face as Torsten Barring
1940 The Thief of Bagdad as Jaffar
1940 Escape as General Kurt von Kolb
1940 Contraband as Capt. Andersen
1940 The Miracle of Sound as Himself
1939 The Spy in Black as Captain Hardt
1938 The Chess Player as Le baron de Kempelen
1938 Tempête sur l'Asie as Erich Keith
1937 Dark Journey as Baron Karl Von Marwitz
1937 Under the Red Robe as Gil de Berault
1935 King of the Damned as Convict 83
1935 The Passing of the Third Floor Back as The Stranger
1934 Bella Donna
1934 Jew Süss as Josef 'Jew Süss' Oppenheimer
1934 Wilhelm Tell as Gessler
1933 The Wandering Jew as Matathias
1933 I Was A Spy
1933 F.P.1 as Maj. Ellissen
1933 The Only Girl as Marquis de Pontignac
1932 The Black Hussar as Rittmeister Hansgeorg von Hochberg
1932 Rome Express as Zurta
1932 Rasputin, Demon of the Women as Grigori Rasputin
1931 The Other Side as Hauptmann Stanhope
1931 The Congress Dances as Fürst Metternich
1931 Der Mann, der den Mord beging as Oberst Marquis de Sévigné
1930 The Love Storm as Kingsley
1930 The Great Longing as Himself
1930 The Last Company as Hauptmann Burk
1929 The Last Performance as Erik the Great
1928 The Man Who Laughs as Gwynplaine
1927 A Man's Past as Paul La Roche
1927 The Beloved Rogue as King Louis XI
1926 The Student of Prague as Balduin
1926 Should We Be Silent? as Paul Hartwig, Maler
1926 Two Brothers as Wenzel Schellenberg / Michael Schellenberg
1926 Impetuous Youth as Renées Vater
1926 The Wife's Crusade as Der Staatsanwalt
1925 The Ingmar Inheritance as Hellgum
1925 The Film in the Film as Himself
1924 Husbands or Lovers as Der Liebhaber, ein Dichter
1924 Waxworks as Ivan the Terrible
1924 The Hands of Orlac as Paul Orlac
1924 Carlos und Elisabeth as Don Carlos
1923 Wilhelm Tell as Hermann Gessler
1923 Paganini as Niccolo Paganini
1922 Lucrezia Borgia as Cesare Borgia
1921 The Indian Tomb, Part II: The Tiger of Bengal as Ayan, Majarajah of Eschnapur
1921 The Indian Tomb, Part I: The Mission of the Yogi as Ayan, Majarajah of Eschnapur
1921 Lady Hamilton as Lord Nelson
1921 Christian Wahnschaffe II: Escape from the Golden Dungeon as Christian Wahnschaffe
1921 Der Leidensweg der Inge Krafft
1921 Liebestaumel as Jalenko
1921 Desire as Ivan
1921 Journey into the Night as Der Maler
1920 Der Graf von Cagliostro
1920 Christian Wahnschaffe I: Weltbrand as Christian Wahnschaffe
1920 Manolescu's Memoirs as Manolescu
1920 The Head of Janus as Dr. Warren
1920 Kurfürstendamm as The devil
1920 The Merry-Go-Round as Petre Karvan
1920 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as Cesare
1920 Nachtgestalten as The clown
1919 Eerie Tales as Der Tod / Various Other Roles
1919 Wahnsinn as Bankier Lorenzen
1919 Prinz Kuckuck as Carl Kraker
1919 Prostitution II as Alfred Werner
1919 Different from the Others as Paul Körner
1919 Around the World in 80 Days as Phineas Fogg
1919 Prostitution as Alfred Werner
1919 Opium as Dr. Richard Armstrong Jr.
1918 The Story of Dida Ibsen as Erik Norrensen
1918 Colomba
1918 Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen as Dr. Julius
1917 Der Spion as Steinau
1917 Fear as Indian Priest

Directing

1919 Wahnsinn Director

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