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Egon Brecher (18 February 1880 – 12 August 1946) was an Austria-Hungary-born actor and director, who also served as the chief director of Vienna's Stadts Theatre, before entering the motion picture industry.

The son of a professor, Brecher began studying philosophy in 1900 at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He did not finish his studies, deciding to become an actor. He appeared on several provincial stages in Germany and Austria until 1910, and then played in Vienna on various occasions, directed by Josef Jarno until 1921.

In 1907, he founded an initiative (which lasted for something like one or two years) to play modern Yiddish theatre in German language with Siegfried Schmitz and members of the student club ‘Theodor Herzl’ like Hugo Zuckermann and Oskar Rosenfeld. In 1919 he was co-founder of the Freie Jüdische Volksbühne in Vienna, a Yiddish theatre, which existed for three years.

Then, in 1921, he moved to New York to act on Broadway. He moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s to appear in foreign-language versions of American films. In the mid-1930s he appeared in classic horror films The Black Cat, Werewolf of London, The Black Room, Mark of the Vampire and The Devil-Doll, and worked steadily in the espionage films of the 1930s/40s, his Slavic accent landing him roles both noble and villainous. One of his largest screen roles was in 1946's So Dark the Night. He died later in 1946, aged 66, of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Egon Brecher (18 February 1880 – 12 August 1946) was an Austria-Hungary-born actor and director, who also served as the chief director of Vienna's Stadts Theatre, before entering the motion picture industry.

The son of a professor, Brecher began studying philosophy in 1900 at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He did not finish his studies, deciding to become an actor. He appeared on several provincial stages in Germany and Austria until 1910, and then played in Vienna on various occasions, directed by Josef Jarno until 1921.

In 1907, he founded an initiative (which lasted for something like one or two years) to play modern Yiddish theatre in German language with Siegfried Schmitz and members of the student club ‘Theodor Herzl’ like Hugo Zuckermann and Oskar Rosenfeld. In 1919 he was co-founder of the Freie Jüdische Volksbühne in Vienna, a Yiddish theatre, which existed for three years.

Then, in 1921, he moved to New York to act on Broadway. He moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s to appear in foreign-language versions of American films. In the mid-1930s he appeared in classic horror films The Black Cat, Werewolf of London, The Black Room, Mark of the Vampire and The Devil-Doll, and worked steadily in the espionage films of the 1930s/40s, his Slavic accent landing him roles both noble and villainous. One of his largest screen roles was in 1946's So Dark the Night. He died later in 1946, aged 66, of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 65

Birthday 1880-02-16

Day of Death 1946-08-12

Place of Birth Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Olomouc, Czech Republic]

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1946 So Dark the Night as Dr. Boncourt
1946 O.S.S. as Marcel Aubert
1946 Just Before Dawn as Dr. Evans (uncredited)
1945 White Pongo as Dr. Gerig
1945 Voice of the Whistler as Dr. Rose (replaced by Frank Reicher) (uncredited)
1943 Mission to Moscow as Heinrich Sahm
1943 Above Suspicion as Gestapo Official (uncredited)
1942 Isle of Missing Men as Richard Heller
1942 For the Common Defense!
1942 Kings Row as Dr. Candell
1941 Manpower as Antoine 'Pop' Duval
1941 Underground as Herr Director
1941 Man Hunt as Jeweler
1941 Four Mothers as Music Foundation Director (uncredited)
1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's as Von Konstat (uncredited)
1940 Knute Rockne All American as Elder in Norway
1940 Buyer Beware as Child's Father (uncredited)
1940 The Man I Married as Czech
1940 All This, and Heaven Too as Doctor
1940 I Was an Adventuress as Jacques Dubois
1940 Rebecca as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
1940 Calling Philo Vance as Austrian Judge
1940 Know Your Money as Samuels the Druggist (uncredited)
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as Martl
1939 Judge Hardy and Son as Mr. Anton Volduzzi
1939 We Are Not Alone as Mr. Adolf Schiller
1939 Espionage Agent as Larsch
1939 Nurse Edith Cavell as Dr. Gunther
1939 Angels Wash Their Faces as Mr. Smith
1939 Juarez as Baron von Magnus
1939 Hotel Imperial as Pograncz (uncredited)
1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Fritz Muller - German Agent
1939 While America Sleeps as Klaus
1939 The Three Musketeers as Landlord
1939 Devil's Island as Debriac
1938 Spring Madness as Soviet Travel Bureau Agent
1938 Suez as Doctor
1938 Gateway as Rabbi
1938 I'll Give a Million as Citizen
1938 Racket Busters as Peters
1938 You and Me as Abie Levine
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Pawnbroker
1938 Invisible Enemy as Kirman
1938 Arsene Lupin Returns as Vasseur
1938 Blondes at Work as J.Z. Beckman
1938 The Spy Ring as General A. R. Bowen
1937 Beg, Borrow or Steal as Antique Shop Proprietor
1937 Heidi as Inn Keeper
1937 I Met Him in Paris as Emile - Upper Sled Run Tower Control
1937 Espionage as Chief of Police
1937 The Great O'Malley as Morris - the Pawnbroker
1937 Stolen Holiday as Deputy Bergery
1936 Alibi For Murder as Sir Conrad Stava
1936 The White Angel as Pastor Fliedner
1936 Sins of Man as Doctor
1936 Boulder Dam as Pa Vangarick
1936 Charlie Chan's Secret as Ulrich
1935 Paddy O'Day as Russian Musician
1935 Here's to Romance as Descartes
1935 Mark of the Vampire as Coroner (uncredited)
1935 The Florentine Dagger as Karl - Lytton's Butler
1934 The Black Cat as The Majordomo
1934 No Greater Glory as Racz
1934 As the Earth Turns as Mr. Janowski
1933 To the Last Man as Mark Hayden

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