Paul Henreid (Paul Georg Julius Freiherr von Hernried Ritter von Wassel-Waldingau)

Paul Henreid

Born in the city of Triest, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Trieste, Italy), Henreid was the son of Maria-Luise (Lendecke) and Baron Carl Alphons, an aristocratic Viennese banker. He studied theatre in Vienna and debuted on the stage under the direction of Max Reinhardt. He began his film career acting in German films in the 1930s. In 1935 he emigrated from Austria to Great Britain one year after the 1934 Austrian Civil War which ended with installation of Austrofascism. With the start of the Second World War, Henreid risked deportation or internment as an enemy alien, but Conrad Veidt spoke for him and he was allowed to remain free in Britain.  A small role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), and third billing as a Nazi Major in Night Train to Munich (1940), led to his shifting to a Hollywood career. When he was contracted to RKO in 1942, the studio changed his surname, dropping the “von” and the first “r”, and reversing the order of the “i” and “e”. His first film for RKO was Joan of Paris (1942).  In 1942, Henreid also appeared in his two most important films. In Now, Voyager, he and Bette Davis created one of the screen’s most imitated scenes, in which he lights two cigarettes and hands one to her. Henreid’s next role was as Victor Laszlo, heroic anti-Nazi leader, in Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. In 1946, Henreid became a citizen of the United States.  He made regular film appearances throughout the 1940s, and in the early 1950s began directing for both film and television. His film credits include Between Two Worlds (1944), The Spanish Main (1945), Of Human Bondage (1946), Song of Love (1947), Thief of Damascus (1952), Siren of Bagdad (1953), and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1961). His television directorial credits include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Maverick, Bonanza and The Big Valley. In 1964, Henreid directed Dead Ringer, which starred Bette Davis and featured, in a minor role, the director’s daughter, Monika.  Henreid married Elizabeth “Lisl” Gluck (1908–1993) in 1936; the couple had two daughters.  Henreid died of pneumonia in Santa Monica and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Paul Henreid has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one (for film) at 6366 Hollywood Boulevard and the other (for television) at 1722 Vine Street.

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Born

  • January, 10, 1908
  • Triest, Austria-Hungary

Died

  • March, 29, 1992
  • Santa Monica, California

Cause of Death

  • pneumonia

Cemetery

  • Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Santa Monica, California

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