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Paul Muni is a Actor Autriche-hongrie born on 22 september 1895 at Lviv (Ukraine)

Paul Muni

Paul Muni
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Birth name Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund
Nationality Autriche-hongrie
Birth 22 september 1895 at Lviv (Ukraine)
Death 25 august 1967 (at 71 years) at Montecito (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor

Paul Muni (born Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund; September 22, 1895 – August 25, 1967) was an American stage and film actor who was born in Lemberg (Austro-Hungarian Empire) and grew up in Chicago. He started his acting career in the Yiddish theatre. During the 1930s, he was considered one of the most prestigious actors at Warner Brothers studios, and was given the rare privilege of choosing which parts he wanted.

His acting quality, usually playing a powerful character, such as the lead in Scarface (1932), was partly a result of his intense preparation for his parts, often immersing himself in study of the real character's traits and mannerisms. He was also highly skilled in using makeup techniques, a talent he learned from his parents, who were also actors, and from his early years on stage with the Yiddish Theater in Chicago. At the age of 12, he played the stage role of an 80-year-old man; in one of his films, Seven Faces, he played seven different characters.

He made 25 films and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1936 film The Story of Louis Pasteur. He also starred in numerous Broadway plays and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in the 1955 production of Inherit the Wind.


In his private life, Muni was considered "exceedingly shy", and was discomforted to be recognized while out shopping or dining. He enjoyed reading and going for walks with his wife in secluded sections of Central Park. He always arrived at the theater by 7:30pm to prepare for that night's performance. After retiring from acting, he lived in California, in what was considered an "austere" setting, where he and his wife enjoyed their privacy. In his den, which he called his "Shangri-La", he spent time reading books and listening to the radio. Muni died of a heart disorder in Montecito in 1967, aged 71. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA.

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Filmography of Paul Muni (24 films)

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The Prophecy II, 1h27
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Films about angels
Actors Christopher Walken, Russell Wong, Jennifer Beals, Kathryn Morris, Brittany Murphy, Eric Roberts
Roles Sentry Angel
Rating58% 2.904852.904852.904852.904852.90485
A mysterious robed figure brings Gabriel back from hell to Earth. His new mission is to prevent the birth of a child, a nephilim, the offspring of an angel and a human. The coming of this child, said to precede reconciliation between the warring factions in heaven, has been prophesied by Thomas Daggett, now a monk. The child's conception takes place when Valerie, a nurse, is seduced by an attractive stranger (the angel Danyael) whom she hit with her car. She finds a few days later that she is pregnant.
The Last Angry Man, 1h40
Directed by Daniel Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer, Luther Adler, Joby Baker, Joanna Moore
Roles Sam Abelman
Rating69% 3.49193.49193.49193.49193.4919
As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Dr. Sam Abelman (Paul Muni) is a testy old man who faces life without compromise and Woodrow Thrasher (David Wayne) is a troubled television executive fighting to preserve his career.
Stranger on the Prowl, 1h30
Directed by Joseph Losey, Bernard Vorhaus, Andrea Forzano
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Actors Paul Muni, Arnoldo Foà, Joan Lorring, Giuseppe Addobbati, Beatrice Mancini, Aldo Silvani
Roles The Stranger With A Gun
Rating65% 3.2814553.2814553.2814553.2814553.281455
A disillusioned vagrant (Paul Muni) accidentally kills a shop owner, and is joined by a rebellious youngster in his flight from apprehension.
Angel on My Shoulder, 1h40
Directed by Archie Mayo
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about angels
Actors Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Erskine Sanford, Onslow Stevens, James Flavin
Roles Eddie Kagle/Judge Fredrick Parker
Rating67% 3.3958453.3958453.3958453.3958453.395845
After his release from prison, gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is killed by his partner in crime, Smiley Williams (Hardie Albright). Kagle ends up in Hell, where "Nick" (Claude Rains) offers him a chance to escape hell and avenge his own death in exchange for help with a problem. Kagle looks exactly like Judge Frederick Parker, an upright man who is causing Nick distress because he is entirely too honest. Nick fears that Parker may cause him more anxiety in future, as he is running for governor of his state. Nick wants to destroy Parker's reputation and Kagle readily agrees to have his soul transferred into Parker's body.
A Song to Remember, 1h53
Directed by Charles Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Paul Muni, Cornel Wilde, Merle Oberon, Nina Foch, Ivan Triesault, George Coulouris
Roles Professeur Joseph Elsner
Rating66% 3.345553.345553.345553.345553.34555
Vidor romanticizes Chopin's patriotism in the film, which was produced during World War II. Chopin, played by Cornel Wilde, is first presented to the audience as a child prodigy playing a piece by Mozart, but suddenly starts to bang on the piano keys when he notices out the window that Polish people are being taken prisoners by the Russian authorities.
Counter-Attack, 1h30
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Paul Muni, Marguerite Chapman, Larry Parks, Roman Bohnen, George Macready, Ludwig Donath
Roles Alexei Kulkov
Rating67% 3.3858153.3858153.3858153.3858153.385815
In 1942, both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are gathering forces and supplies in one particular sector of the Eastern Front for a major attack. The Soviets are secretly constructing a bridge at night over a river. To avoid detection, it is being built underwater, just below the surface.
Stage Door Canteen, 2h12
Directed by Frank Borzage
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Musical films, Political films
Actors Cheryl Walker, Lon McCallister, Tallulah Bankhead, Kenny Baker, Margaret Early, Ralph Bellamy
Roles Himself
Rating62% 3.1493553.1493553.1493553.1493553.149355
The storyline of the film follows several women who volunteer for the Canteen and who must adhere to strict rules of conduct, the most important of which is that while their job is to provide friendly companionship to and be dance partners for the (often nervous) men who are soon to be sent into combat, no romantic fraternization is allowed. One volunteer who confesses to only becoming involved in the Canteen in order to be discovered by one of the Hollywood stars in attendance, ultimately finds herself falling in love with one of the soldiers.
Commandos Strike at Dawn, 1h38
Directed by John Farrow, Harve Foster
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke, Robert Coote, Ray Collins
Roles Eric Toresen
Rating66% 3.335623.335623.335623.335623.33562
Erik Toresen (Paul Muni), a widower and peaceful man, is stirred to violence after the Nazis occupy his quiet Norwegian fishing village. German abuses lead Erik to form a Resistance group. He kills the head of the Nazis occupying his village, and then escapes to Britain, and guides some British Commandos to a raid on a secret airstrip the Germans are building on the Norwegian coast.
Hudson's Bay, 1h35
Directed by Irving Pichel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical
Themes Children's films
Actors Paul Muni, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar, Vincent Price, John Sutton, Nigel Bruce
Roles Pierre Esprit Radisson
Rating62% 3.1483453.1483453.1483453.1483453.148345
A trapper, Pierre Esprit Radisson, and his friend, nicknamed "Gooseberry," hope to open a trading post in the Hudson's Bay region of northeastern Canada in the year 1667.
Juarez (1939)
, 2h12
Directed by William Dieterle, Irving Rapper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, John Garfield, Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard
Roles Benito Pablo Juárez
Rating69% 3.495363.495363.495363.495363.49536
The film focuses on the conflict between Maximilian I, a European political dupe who is installed as the puppet ruler of Mexico by the French, and Benito Juárez, the country's president.
We Are Not Alone, 1h52
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Paul Muni, Jane Bryan, Flora Robson, Una O'Connor, Henry Daniell, Montagu Love
Roles Dr. David Newcome
Rating69% 3.484393.484393.484393.484393.48439
The Life of Emile Zola, 1h56
Directed by William Dieterle, Irving Rapper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about writers, Spy films, Seafaring films, Prison films, Films about racism, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about capital punishment, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Donald Crisp, Henry O'Neill
Roles Emile Zola
Rating71% 3.595873.595873.595873.595873.59587
Set in the mid through late 19th century, it depicts Zola's friendship with Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and his rise to fame through his prolific writing, with particular focus on his involvement late in life in the Dreyfus affair.
The Good Earth, 2h18
Directed by Victor Fleming, Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin, Gustav Machatý
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch, Charley Grapewin, Keye Luke
Roles Wang
Rating74% 3.744153.744153.744153.744153.74415
In pre-World War I northern China, a young farmer Wang Lung (Paul Muni) marries O-Lan (Luise Rainer), a lowly servant at the Great House, the residence of the most powerful family in their village. O-Lan proves to be an excellent wife, hard working and uncomplaining. Wang Lung prospers. He buys more land, and O-Lan gives birth to two sons and a daughter. Meanwhile, the Great House begins to decline.
The Woman I Love, 1h25
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Paul Muni, Miriam Hopkins, Louis Hayward, Colin Clive, Minor Watson, Elisabeth Risdon
Roles Lt. Claude Maury
Rating61% 3.0537753.0537753.0537753.0537753.053775
In World War I, French fighter pilot Lt. Claude Maury (Paul Muni) gains a bad reputation in his squadron, flying off on "lone wolf" missions. More importantly, Maury continually returns to base with his air observers/gunners killed or wounded. Others believe he is either "jinxed" or dangerous, and only Lt. Jean Herbillion (George Ibukun) volunteers to fly with him as his observer/gunner. Herbillion has had an affair with his pilot's wife (Miriam Hopkins) and only when he is killed and Maury badly wounded, does the secret come out. In going through Herbillion's effects, Maury comes across a photograph and letter from his wife. She confesses to the affair and begs forgiveness. In the end, he relents as she nurses him back to health.