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Egon Brecher

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.

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Feb 16, 1880 In Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Olomouc, Czech Republic]
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie To the Last Man 1933-09-15
Latest Project:
Movie Temptation 1946-12-02
Known For
Poster of A Dispatch from Reuters
Poster of Knute Rockne All American
Poster of The Spy Ring
Poster of Charlie Chan's Secret
Movie The Diary of a Chambermaid Unknown 1946-02-15
Movie Temptation Ibrahim 1946-12-02
Movie Just Before Dawn Dr. Evans (uncredited) 1946-03-07
Movie O.S.S. Marcel Aubert 1946-05-26
Movie So Dark the Night Dr. Boncourt 1946-10-10
Movie Voice of the Whistler Dr. Rose (replaced by Frank Reicher) (uncredited) 1945-10-30
Movie A Royal Scandal Wassilikow (uncredited) 1945-03-26
Movie White Pongo Dr. Gerig 1945-11-02
Movie Mission to Moscow Heinrich Sahm (uncredited) 1943-04-29
Movie Above Suspicion Gestapo Official (Uncredited) 1943-05-31
Movie Kings Row Dr. Candell 1942-02-02
Movie Isle of Missing Men Richard Heller 1942-09-18
Movie For the Common Defense! Adolph (uncredited) 1942-06-20
Movie Four Mothers Music Foundation Director (uncredited) 1941-01-04
Movie Man Hunt Jeweler 1941-06-13
Movie Out of Darkness Victor Jourdain (uncredited) 1941-03-29
Movie Underground Herr Director 1941-06-28
Movie Manpower Antoine 'Pop' Duval 1941-08-09
Movie Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Martl 1940-02-23
Movie Calling Philo Vance Austrian Judge 1940-02-03
Movie Know Your Money Samuels the Druggist (uncredited) 1940-01-27
Movie I Was an Adventuress Jacques Dubois 1940-05-10
Movie Rebecca Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited) 1940-03-23
Movie All This, and Heaven Too Doctor 1940-07-13
Movie A Dispatch from Reuters Von Konstat (uncredited) 1940-10-19
Movie Buyer Beware Child's Father (uncredited) 1940-08-17
Movie Knute Rockne All American Elder in Norway (uncredited) 1940-10-05
Movie The Man I Married Czech 1940-08-09
Movie Hotel Imperial Pograncz (uncredited) 1939-05-11
Movie Confessions of a Nazi Spy Fritz Muller - German Agent (uncredited) 1939-05-06
Movie The Three Musketeers Landlord 1939-02-17
Movie Devil's Island Debriac 1939-01-07
Movie Juarez Baron von Magnus (uncredited) 1939-06-10
Movie While America Sleeps Klaus 1939-04-14
Movie Angels Wash Their Faces Mr. Smith 1939-08-26
Movie We Are Not Alone Mr. Adolf Schiller 1939-11-25
Movie Judge Hardy and Son Anton Volduzzi 1939-12-22
Movie Espionage Agent Larsch 1939-09-30
Movie Nurse Edith Cavell Dr. Gunther 1939-08-31
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Vasseur 1938-02-25
Movie Invisible Enemy Kirman 1938-04-03
Movie Blondes at Work J.Z. Beckman (uncredited) 1938-02-05
Movie Cocoanut Grove Pawnbroker 1938-05-20
Movie The Spy Ring General A. R. Bowen 1938-01-08
Movie Racket Busters Peters (uncredited) 1938-07-16
Movie Spring Madness Soviet Travel Bureau Agent 1938-11-11
Movie You and Me Abie Levine 1938-06-01
Movie Suez Doctor 1938-10-28
Movie Gateway Rabbi 1938-08-05
Movie I'll Give a Million Citizen 1938-07-27
Movie The Great O'Malley Morris - the Pawnbroker (uncredited) 1937-02-13
Movie Black Legion Dombrowski 1937-01-30
Movie Stolen Holiday Deputy Bergery 1937-02-06
Movie Espionage Chief of Police 1937-02-26
Movie I Met Him in Paris Emile - Upper Sled Run Tower Control 1937-05-28
Movie Beg, Borrow or Steal Antique Shop Proprietor 1937-12-03
Movie Heidi Inn Keeper 1937-10-15
Movie Boulder Dam Pa Vangarick 1936-03-07
Movie Paddy O'Day Russian Musician 1936-01-17
Movie Till We Meet Again Schultz 1936-04-04
Movie Charlie Chan's Secret Ulrich 1936-01-10
Movie Alibi for Murder Sir Conrad Stava 1936-09-23
Movie The White Angel Pastor Fliedner 1936-06-25
Movie Sins of Man Doctor 1936-06-19
Movie The Florentine Dagger Karl 1935-03-30
Movie Mark of the Vampire Coroner (uncredited) 1935-04-26
Movie Werewolf of London Priest (uncredited) 1935-05-13
Movie Here's to Romance Descartes 1935-10-04
Movie No Greater Glory Racz 1934-03-30
Movie As the Earth Turns Mr. Janowski 1934-02-14
Movie The Black Cat The Majordomo 1934-05-07
Movie Many Happy Returns Dr. Otto von Strudel 1934-06-08
Movie To the Last Man Mark Hayden 1933-09-15