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Filmography

1933      

Morgenrot

Love in Morocco

 

1934      

The Secret of Cavelli

 

1935      

Eva, the Factory Girl

Only a Comedian

 

1937      

Victoria the Great

 

1939      

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

 

1940      

Mad Men of Europe

Night Train to Munich

Under Your Hat

 

1942      

Joan of Paris

Now, Voyager

Casablanca

 

1944      

In Our Time

Between Two Worlds

The Conspirators

Hollywood Canteen

 

1945      

The Spanish Main

 

1946      

Devotion

Of Human Bondage

Deception

Song of Love

 

1948      

Hollow Triumph a.k.a. The Scar

 

1949      

Rope of Sand

 

1950      

So Young So Bad

Last of the Buccaneers

 

1951      

Pardon My French

 

1952      

For Men Only

Thief of Damascus

Stolen Face

Dans la vie tout s’arrange

 

1953      

Mantrap (a.k.a. Woman in Hiding)

Siren of Bagdad

 

1954      

This Song Is for You

Deep in My Heart

 

1955      

Pirates of Tripoli

 

1956      

Meet Me in Las Vegas

A Woman’s Devotion a.k.a. Battle Shock

 

1957      

Ten Thousand Bedrooms

 

1959      

Holiday for Lovers

Never So Few

 

1962      

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

 

1965      

Operation Crossbow

 

1969      

The Madwoman of Chaillot

The General

 

1977      

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Awards

Despite his brilliance, Paul Henreid was never nominated for an Academy Award.

I never felt Lee Strasberg could act, and I fail to see how someone who can’t act can teach acting. ~ Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid: Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

Actors, Biographies

Paul Henreid grew up in Vienna and studied at the prestigious Maria Theresa Academy (graduating in 1927) and the Institute of Graphic Arts. For four years, he worked as translator and book designer for a publishing outfit run by Otto Preminger, while training to be an actor at night. Preminger was also a protege of Max Reinhardt. After attending one of Henreid’s acting school performances, Preminger introduced him to the famous stage director and this led to an acting contract. In 1933, Paul made his debut at the Reinhardt Theatre in “Faust”.

Henreid made his English-speaking motion picture debut in the popular drama Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), as the sympathetic German master Max Staefel, who proves to be Chipping’s truest friend and ally. After that, however, he became  typecast as Nazi henchmen in Mad Men of Europe (1940) and Night Train to Munich (1940). He moved to the United States (becoming a citizen the following year) and quickly established himself on Broadway with “Flight to the West”, as a  Nazi consul. His powerful performance led to a film contract with RKO in 1941.

This marked a turning point in Paul Henreid’s career. He finally escaped the stereotypical image and began to play heroic or romantic leads, his first being Joan of Paris (1942), opposite Michèle Morgan, as French RAF pilot Paul Lavallier. Significantly, his next film, Now, Voyager (1942), defined his new screen persona: debonair, cultured and genteel, lighting two cigarettes simultaneously, then passing one to Bette Davis. Next came “Casablanca“, where Henreid played the sensitive, idealistic patriot Victor Laszlo; the poorly received Bronte sisters biopic Devotion (1946), as an Irish priest; and a stalwart performance as a Polish count and Ida Lupino’s love interest, In Our Time (1944).

After several dull romantic leads, Henreid reinvented himself yet again. He played a memorably athletic and lively Dutch pirate, the ‘Barracuda’, in RKO’s swashbuckler The Spanish Main (1945). Another of his best later performances was as a sadistic South African commandant in the underrated film noir Rope of Sand (1949), which re-united him with his former “Casablanca” co-stars Peter Lorre and Claude Rains. After the Thief of Damascus (1952), Henreid’s star began to fade. His last noteworthy appearance during the fifties was as an itinerant magician in the oriental extravaganza Siren of Bagdad (1953) .

Outspoken in his opposition to McCarthyism and adhering to his rights under the First Amendment, he was subsequently blacklisted as a “communist sympathizer” by the House Committee on Un- American Activities. In spite of the damage this did to his career, he re-emerged as a director of second features and television episodes for Screen Gems, Desilu and other companies. In 1957, Alfred Hitchcock, in defiance of the blacklist, hired him to direct several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). Towards the end of his career, Paul Henreid directed his former “Now, Voyager” co-star Bette Davis in the melodrama Dead Ringer (1964) and toured with Agnes Moorehead on stage in a short-lived revival of “Don Juan in Hell”(1972- 73).

Henreid died of pneumonia in a Santa Monica hospital in April 1992, after having suffered a stroke. He has the distinction of having not just one but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his films, and one for his television work.