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Fritz Kortner

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Years active  1915-1968
Name  Fritz Kortner
Role  Film actor

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Full Name  Fritz Nathan Kohn
Born  12 May 1892 (1892-05-12) Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Occupation  Actor; theatre director
Died  July 22, 1970, Munich, Germany
Spouse  Johanna Hofer (m. 1924–1970)
Education  University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Awards  German Film Award - Honorary Award
Movies  Pandora's Box, The Hands of Orlac, Warning Shadows, The Woman One Long, Abdul the Damned
Similar People  G W Pabst, Johanna Hofer, Leopold Jessner, Dolly Haas, Fedor Ozep

Fritz kortner

Fritz Kortner (12 May 1892 – 22 July 1970) was an Austrian stage and film actor and theatre director.


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Life and career

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Kortner was born in Vienna as Fritz Nathan Kohn. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After graduating, he joined Max Reinhardt in Berlin in 1911 and then Leopold Jessner in 1916. After his breakthrough performance in Ernst Toller's Transfiguration in 1919, he became one of Germany's best-known character actors and the nation's foremost performer of Expressionist works. He also appeared in over ninety films beginning in 1916. His specialty was in playing sinister and threatening roles, although he also appeared in the title role of Dreyfus (1930). He originally gained attention for his explosive energy on stage and his powerful voice, but as the 1920s progressed his work began to incorporate greater realism as he opted for a more controlled delivery and greater use of gestures.

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With the coming to power of the Nazis, the Jewish Kortner fled Germany in 1933, emigrating first to Vienna, then to Great Britain, and finally to the United States, where he found work as a character actor and theater director. He returned to Germany in 1949, where he became noted for his innovative staging and direction of classics by William Shakespeare and Molière, such as a Richard III (1964) in which the king crawls over piles of corpses at the finale.


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Kortner died in Munich in 1970, aged 78.

Autobiographical works

  • 1971: Letzten Endes. Fragmente. (posthumous autobiography, edited by Johanna Kortner)
  • 1996: Aller Tage Abend. Autobiographie. Droemer-Knaur, München, 1996, ISBN 3-426-02336-9.
  • Aller Tage Abend. Autobiographie. Alexander Verlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-89581-098-3.
  • 2005: Aller Tage Abend. Auszüge, gelesen von Fritz Kortner. Alexander Verlag, Berlin ISBN 3-89581-137-8.
  • References

    Fritz Kortner Wikipedia

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