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Egon Brecher

Egon Brecher

  • Born on
    • February 16th, 1880
  • Died on
    • August 12th, 1946
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.

Filmography

Acting (32 Credits)

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1946So Dark the Night as Dr. Boncourt
1946The Diary of a Chambermaid
1945White Pongo as Dr. Gerig
1945A Royal Scandal as Wassilikow (uncredited)
1943Above Suspicion as Gestapo Official (Uncredited)
1943Mission to Moscow as Heinrich Sahm (uncredited)
1942Kings Row as Dr. Candell
1941Man Hunt as Jeweler
1941Manpower as Antoine 'Pop' Duval
1941Underground as Herr Director
1940The Man I Married as Czech
1940Rebecca as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
1940Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as Martl
1940All This, and Heaven Too as Doctor (uncredited)
1940A Dispatch from Reuters as Von Konstat (uncredited)
1940Knute Rockne All American as Elder in Norway (uncredited)
1939Devil's Island as Debriac
1939The Three Musketeers as Landlord
1939Juarez as Baron von Magnus (uncredited)
1939Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Fritz Muller - German Agent (uncredited)
1938You and Me as Abie Levine
1938Racket Busters as Peters (uncredited)
1938Suez as Doctor
1937Stolen Holiday as Deputy Bergery
1937Heidi as Inn Keeper
1937Black Legion as Dombrowski
1937The Great O'Malley as Morris - the Pawnbroker (uncredited)
1936Charlie Chan's Secret as Ulrich
1935Werewolf of London as Priest (uncredited)
1935Mark of the Vampire as Coroner (uncredited)
1934The Black Cat as The Majordomo
1933To the Last Man as Mark Hayden

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