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Conrad Veidt

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.

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Jan 22, 1893 In Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Der Weg des Todes 1917-02-01
Latest Project:
Movie Universal Horror 1998-10-08
Known For
Poster of Casablanca
Poster of The Thief of Bagdad
Poster of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Poster of Es werde Licht! 4. Teil: Sündige Mütter
Movie Universal Horror (archive footage) 1998-10-08
Movie Above Suspicion Hassert Seidel 1943-05-31
Movie Nazi Agent Otto Becker / Baron Hugo Von Detner 1942-03-01
Movie All Through the Night Franz Ebbing 1942-01-10
Movie Casablanca Major Heinrich Strasser 1942-11-26
Movie A Woman's Face Torsten Barring 1941-05-09
Movie Whistling in the Dark Joseph Jones 1941-08-08
Movie The Men in Her Life Stanislas Rosing 1941-10-30
Movie Contraband Capt. Andersen 1940-05-11
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound Self 1940-01-01
Movie The Thief of Bagdad Jaffar 1940-12-25
Movie Escape General Kurt von Kolb 1940-11-01
Movie The Spy in Black Captain Ernst Hardt 1939-08-03
Movie Tempête sur l'Asie Erich Keith 1938-04-20
Movie The Chess Player Le baron de Kempelen 1938-11-25
Movie Under the Red Robe Gil de Berault 1937-05-31
Movie Dark Journey Baron Karl Von Marwitz 1937-07-02
Movie The Passing of the Third Floor Back The Stranger 1935-09-01
Movie King of the Damned Convict 83 1935-12-31
Movie Wilhelm Tell Gessler 1934-01-12
Movie Bella Donna Mahmoud Baroudi 1934-12-11
Movie Jew Süss Josef 'Jew Süss' Oppenheimer 1934-10-13
Movie The Only Girl Marquis de Pontignac 1933-02-22
Movie F.P.1 Maj. Ellissen 1933-04-02
Movie I Was A Spy Unknown 1933-09-04
Movie The Wandering Jew Matathias 1933-11-15
Movie Rasputin, Demon of the Women Grigori Rasputin 1932-02-19
Movie Rome Express Zurta 1932-10-31
Movie The Black Hussar Rittmeister Hansgeorg von Hochberg 1932-11-20
Movie The Man Who Committed the Murder Oberst Marquis de Sévigné 1931-01-23
Movie The Other Side Hauptmann Stanhope 1931-10-29
Movie The Congress Dances Fürst Metternich 1931-09-29
Movie The Last Company Hauptmann Burk 1930-03-14
Movie The Love Storm Kingsley 1930-11-21
Movie The Great Longing Himself 1930-08-24
Movie Das Land ohne Frauen Unknown 1929-09-30
Movie The Last Performance Erik the Great 1929-10-13
Movie The Man Who Laughs Gwynplaine 1928-04-27
Movie The Movie City of Hollywood Unknown 1928-11-18
Movie A Man's Past Paul La Roche 1927-10-01
Movie The Beloved Rogue King Louis XI 1927-03-12
Movie Laws of Love: Innocently Outlawed! Unknown 1927-11-16
Movie The Wife's Crusade Der Staatsanwalt 1926-01-02
Movie Impetuous Youth Renées Vater 1926-03-10
Movie Two Brothers Wenzel Schellenberg / Michael Schellenberg 1926-03-22
Movie The Student of Prague Balduin 1926-10-19
Movie Should We Be Silent? Paul Hartwig, Maler 1926-04-05
Movie Le comte Kostia Comte Kostia 1925-05-29
Movie The Ingmar Inheritance Hellgum 1925-12-26
Movie Carlos und Elisabeth Don Carlos 1924-02-24
Movie The Film in the Film Himself 1924-06-26
Movie The Hands of Orlac Paul Orlac 1924-09-24
Movie Waxworks Ivan the Terrible 1924-11-13
Movie Husbands or Lovers Der Liebhaber, ein Dichter 1924-11-21
Movie Paganini Niccolo Paganini 1923-03-31
Movie Wilhelm Tell Hermann Gessler 1923-08-22
Movie Lucrezia Borgia Cesare Borgia 1922-10-20
Movie Liebestaumel Jalenko 1921-02-01
Movie Desire Ivan 1921-02-01
Movie Journey Into the Night Der Maler 1921-01-21
Movie Das Geheimnis von Bombay Unknown 1921-01-06
Movie Die Liebschaften des Hektor Dalmore Hektor Dalmore 1921-02-22
Movie Lady Hamilton Lord Nelson 1921-10-19
Movie Der Leidensweg der Inge Krafft Unknown 1921-03-11
Movie The Indian Tomb, Part I: The Mission of the Yogi Ayan, Majarajah of Eschnapur 1921-10-22
Movie The Indian Tomb, Part II: The Tiger of Bengal Ayan, Majarajah of Eschnapur 1921-11-19
Movie Christian Wahnschaffe II: Escape from the Golden Dungeon Christian Wahnschaffe 1921-03-30
Movie Kurfürstendamm The devil 1920-07-29
Movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Cesare 1920-02-27
Movie The Merry-Go-Round Petre Karvan 1920-02-27
Movie Nachtgestalten The clown 1920-01-09
Movie The Head of Janus Dr. Warren 1920-08-26
Movie Moriturus Unknown 1920-09-23
Movie Der Graf von Cagliostro Unknown 1920-12-21
Movie Christian Wahnschaffe I: Weltbrand Christian Wahnschaffe 1920-11-12
Movie Evening - Night - Morning Brilburn - Maud's brother 1920-09-24
Movie Manolescu's Memoirs Manolescu 1920-09-30
Movie Around the World in 80 Days Phineas Fogg 1919-03-20
Movie Opium Dr. Richard Armstrong Jr. 1919-01-07
Movie Different from the Others Paul Körner 1919-05-28
Movie Prostitution Alfred Werner 1919-03-19
Movie Prostitution II Alfred Werner 1919-08-29
Movie Wahnsinn Bankier Lorenzen 1919-10-14
Movie Eerie Tales Der Tod / Various Other Roles 1919-11-05
Movie Prinz Kuckuck Carl Kraker 1919-09-24
Movie Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen Dr. Julius 1918-10-29
Movie Das Dreimäderlhaus Unknown 1918-09-22
Movie Das Rätsel von Bangalor Unknown 1918-01-11
Movie Jettchen Geberts Geschichte. 1. Jettchen Gebert Unknown 1918-11-08
Movie Colomba Unknown 1918-11-08
Movie Es werde Licht! 4. Teil: Sündige Mütter Kramer 1918-11-22
Movie Jettchen Geberts Geschichte. 2. Henriette Jacoby Unknown 1918-12-13
Movie The Story of Dida Ibsen Erik Norrensen 1918-12-12
Movie Der Weg des Todes Unknown 1917-02-01
Movie Der Spion Steinau 1917-08-31
Movie Fear Indian Priest 1917-03-06