|Humphrey Bogart||Ingrid Bergman||Claude Rains||Paul Heinreid||Sidney Greenstreet|
|Peter Lorre||Conrad Veidt||Dooley Wilson||S.Z. Sakall||Leonid Kinskey|
|Madeleine LeBeau||Joy Page||John Qualen||Curt Bois||Richard Ryen|
Humphrey Bogart as Rick BlaineQuote: "I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now...Here's looking at you kid."
- Rick convincing Ilse to get on the plane.
There has been a number of rumors through the years that Bogart was not
the studios choice to play the part of Rick Blaine. Other actors like
Reagan or George Raft were considered first for the part. This simply
not true. Bogart was producer Hal B. Wallis' only choice to play
In fact, he was writing the part for Bogart. The rumor comes out of
old studio publicity done at the time to promote various actors.
Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa LundQuote: "I love you so much, and I hate this war so much. Oh, it’s a crazy world. Anything can happen…. Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."
Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 29, 1915 to a father who owned a photography shop and a German mother. Her mother died when she was three and her father when she was twelve. Using her inheritance, she attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater School for a year.
In 1934, Bergman made her screen debut after signing with Svenskfilmindustri with a small role in Munkbrovregen. Her first lead performance followed a year later in Brunninger, and with the success of the 1936 melodrama Valborgsmassoafen, Bergman, who could speak five languages (English, Swedish, French, German and Italian) rose to become one of Sweden's biggest stars and later was called "Sweden's illustrious gift to Hollywood."
On July 10, 1937, Bergman married Dr. Aron Petter Lindström, a Swedish dentist. After moving to the United States, he studied to be a neurosurgeon. On September 20, 1938, she gave birth to their daughter Pia Lindström (she appeared in a few movies in the 1960's, but is more known today for her work with NewsCenter 4 in New York City). Their marriage did not seem like a very happy one.
David Selznick had seen her in the 1936 Swedish film Intermezzo and, in 1939, had brought her to America to star in his English-language version. She was different from the typical Hollywood starlet of the 1940's. At 5' 10", she was also taller then some of her future co-stars (like Humphrey Bogart).
After briefly returning to Sweden to appear in 1940's Juninatten, Selznick demanded she return to America, but without any projects immediately available she went to the Broadway stage. Bergman was next loaned to M-G-M for 1941's Adam Had Four Sons, followed by Rage in Heaven. She then appeared against type as a coquettish bad girl in the latest screen adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Bergman, age 26, was not the first choice for Casablanca, but after other actresses didn't work out, producer Hal B. Wallis turned his attention to her. They wanted her to play the part of Ilsa Lund, but Bergman was under contract to Selznick. On April 24, Warner Bros. borrowed her for the film. She was paid $25,000 for the part and Selznick got another $25,000 for allowing her to be in the movie. She never enjoyed doing Casablanca and never understood why people thought she was so great in the movie. Casablanca was the only movie that Bergman and Bogart stared in together. Despite some rumors, there was nothing going on off camera, in fact Bergman and Bogart hardly spoke during filming. She said later, "I kissed him but I never knew him." Despite this, Humphrey Bogart's wife Mayo Methot continually accused him of having an affair with Bergman causing Bogart to appear on set in a rage.
While filming the end of the movie, she found out she received the part of Maria in For Whom the Bells Toll and was very happy. Bergman was nominated for her first Oscar in 1943, but not for Casablanca, rather it was for her performance in the Ernest Hemingway classic For Whom the Bells Toll with Gary Cooper (she later claimed this to be her favorite film). She didn't win, instead losing out to Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette. However, her career took off. Bergman was admired equally by audiences and critics throughout the 1940's, enjoying blockbuster after blockbuster -- until an unprecedented scandal threatened to destroy her career.
Bergman next starred in Sam Wood's Saratoga Trunk, but because the studio, Warner Bros., wanted to distribute more timely material during wartime, the picture's release was delayed until 1944. Later that year, Bergman received the part of Paula Alquist in Gaslight opposite Charles Boyer. She received her first Oscar for her performance (she also received a Golden Globe).
In 1945, Spellbound, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (who would develop a secret crush on Bergman), was another massive hit for her. Next she received the part of Sister Benedict in The Bells of St. Mary's where she stared alongside Bing Crosby. Bergman received her third Oscar nomination, but lost to Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. The following year she was in another Hitchcock movie Notorious opposite Cary Grant. In this movie, she married Casablanca co-star Claude Rains (this was the only movie she appeared in with one of her Casablanca co-stars) in an attempt to discover his Nazi secret. Notorious made Bergman Hollywood's top female box-office attraction. Upon fulfilling her contract with Selznick, she began freelancing, starring as a prostitute in 1948's Arch of Triumph; the public, however, reacted negatively to her decision to play this type of character.
Later that year, Bergman was even more saintly than usual playing the title role in Joan of Arc, which also starred José Ferrer, and was nominated for the fourth time, but losing to Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda. Despite her performance, the movie didn't do so well in the box office. After a similarly tepid response to the 1949 Hitchcock thriller Under Capricorn, Bergman began to reconsider her options.
In 1950, Roberto Rossellini's Italian masterpiece Roma Citta Aperta was released which inspired Bergman so much that she decided she wanted to work for him. Later that year, she had the lead role in Stromboli. While the movie was being filmed, Bergman and Rossellini fell in love. She soon became pregnant which was a real problem since she was still married to Lindstrom. Shortly after the release of Stromboli, she gave birth to their son, Roberto Ingmar Rosselini. The reaction toward Bergman was negative and harsh. She quickly divorced Lindstrom and married Rossellini on May 24, 1950 in Mexico, but that seemed to make it worse. Their movie Stromboli was banned and boycotted making it a box office flop. On June 18, 1952, she gave birth to twin daughters Isotta and Isabella Rossellini (Isabella would become a great actress herself starring in Immortal Beloved in 1994).
Over the next six years, they made a number of quality films in Italy including Europa '51, La Paura, Giovanna d'Arco al rogo and Viaggio in Italia, but the public still stayed away. This cost them financially and the strain ended their marriage. In 1956, Bergman starred in Jean Renoir's Elena et les Hommes with Mel Ferrer, but it too failed to return her to audience favor. Bergman and Rossellini divorced on November 7, 1957.
Things began to change for Bergman as she started an incredible comeback. It started with Bergman receiving the lead role in the historical movie Anastasia with Yul Brenner which was a box office and critical success and won her a second Oscar for her performance. Bergman was on the road to Hollywood redemption. She followed this success in 1958 with Indiscreet with Cary Grant and as an Englishwomen in China during the Japanese invasion in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
Later that year on December 21, Bergman married for the third time, this time to Swedish impresario Lars Schmidt (they would divorce in 1976) in Caxton Hall next to Westminster Abbey in London. She stopped doing movies for awhile, only appearing in a television presentation of The Turn of the Screw in 1959 and Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life in 1961 which also featured Jerry Orbach. Also in 1961, Bergman appeared in adaptation of Francoise Sagan's best selling novel, Goodbye Again with Yves Montand and Anthony Perkins.
Another three-year hiatus followed before her next movie in 1964 where she is looking for revenge against Anthony Quinn in The Visit. She followed this with The Yellow Rolls-Royce with Rex Harrison. Next Bergman appeared in the 1967 Swedish anthology Stimulantia and then turned to the stage, touring in a production of Eugene O'Neill's More Stately Mansions. Columbia Pictures signed her in 1969 for Cactus Flower. The following year, she appeared in Spring Rain, before she returned to stage for 1971's Captain Brassbound's Conversion. In 1968, she was offered the part of Zira in Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston, but turned it down (the part went to Kim Hunter).
At age 59, Bergman received a part as an African missionary with a secret past in the Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Orient Express in 1974. Bergman, as a standout in the all-star cast, won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, her third Oscar in all. Bergman appeared opposite Liza Minnelli in 1976's A Matter of Time before returning to Sweden, at age 63, to play a world famous pianist in 1978's Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) with Liv Ullman as her daughter, the first and only time she worked with her namesake, the legendary director Ingmar Bergman. Her performance earned Bergman her seventh Oscar nomination, however she lost out to Jane Fonda for Coming Home.
After penning a 1980 autobiography, Ingrid Bergman: My Story, in 1982, she starred in the television miniseries A Woman Called Golda, a biography of the Israeli premier Golda Meir which would earn her an Emmy Award (Her daughter Pia accepted the award posthumously).
This was her last film as Bergman lost her battle with cancer (she died from lymphoma complications following a breast cancer operation) on her 67th birthday on August 29, 1982. She died in her sleep in her home in London after her birthday party. At her funeral service held at Saint Martin's-in-the-Fields Church in West London, there was a touching moment when a violin played the melody of "As Time Goes By." Her remains were cremated, however there is some dispute over whether the ashes were scattered off the coast of Sweden or are buried in Norra Begravningsplatsen (Northern Cemetery) in Stockholm with her parents. The Swedes are very proud of Bergman. They even have "Ingrid Bergman Square" in the fishing village of Fjällbacka (about 100 miles north of Gothenburg) with a statue of the actress looking out over the water.
Claude Rains as Captain Louis RenaultQuote: "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"
- Renault telling Rick as he is given his gambling winnings.
Claude Rains was short (5' 3")
was without conventional movie star looks, however he had a mesmerizing
presence and a distinctive voice that kept getting him choice
roles in movies throughout a long career.
Paul Henreid as Victor LazloQuote: "What if you murdered all of us? From every corner of Europe hundreds, thousands, would rise to take our places. Even Nazis can't kill that fast."
- Lazlo talking with Strasser.
A European son of an aristocrat, Paul Henreid was born in Trieste,
(Today, Trieste is in Northeastern Italy just South of the Alps) in
his full name is Paul Georg Julius Hernreid Ritter Von
was one of three Austrian actors, along with Helmut Dantine and Ludwig
Stössel, in Casablanca.
Conrad Veidt as Major Heinrich StrasserQuote: ''My dear Mademoiselle, perhaps you have already observed that in Casablanca, human life is cheap."
- Major Strasser talking to Ilse.
Born Hans Walter Conrad Weidt on January 22, 1893 in Potsdam, Germany
of Berlin), he was one of three Casablanca
actors born in Berlin (along with Curt Bois and Trude Berliner) and was
49 years old when Casablanca was made. He grew up in
a suburb of Berlin where he became interested in acting.
Dooley Wilson as SamQuote: "Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Elsa. I'm a little rusty on it."
- Sam telling Ilse he can't remember "As time goes by."
The most interesting aspect about Dooley Wilson is that he was a
not a piano player. He almost didn't get the part because of this. They
used another piano player off screen to play the part while Wilson
it. Since Wilson was under contract to Paramount, Warner Brothers paid
Paramount $700 to use Wilson in the movie. Wilson only got $150 of
Peter Lorre as Guillermo UgarteQuote: "You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust." - Ugarte talking with Rick.
Peter Lorre was born László (Ladislav) Löwenstein in Rosenberg, a small town in Austria-Hungary about 150 miles northeast of Vienna on June 26, 1904 (today it is Ruzomberok, Slovakia) and was the eldest son of a German-speaking Jewish family. His father was a father was a middle-class landowner and his grandfather was a rabbi. He grew up and was educated in Vienna. When the economy was devastated by the 1919 Hungarian Communist revolution, his family settled in Vienna where Lorre unhappily worked as a bank clerk to satisfy his father, before starting his acting career. Despite his father's disapproval, he made his stage debut in Zurich, Switzerland. Lorre performed on stages in Breslau, Vienna and finally Berlin, to which he moved at the age of 21. It was on the stage in the German capital that Lorre drew the praise and attention of German playwright Bertolt Brecht.
After film roles in German films such as Mann ist Mann and Die Verschwundene Frau, Lorre finally made it big with his masterful role as psychopathic child murderer Hans Beckert in 1931's M. The film's title was originally The Murderers are Among Us, a thinly veiled reference to the Nazi Party's group of street thugs, the SA. The change to M was prompted by director Fritz Lang's fear that they would realize it was a reference to them. The movie was physically tough on Lorre as he was thrown down a set of stairs a number of times (this was before the use of stunt doubles.) Lorre's image from M was unwittingly used on a German poster for the anti-Semitic propaganda film, The Eternal Jew in 1933, as an example of a typical Jew.
Lorre made ten more movies in Germany, his last being Was Frauen Träumen (What Women Dream). In 1933, Hitler came to power and Lorre, being Jewish, decided to leave Germany and go to Paris. He made two movies there; Du haut en bas and Les Requins du pétrole. Lorre then traveled to Great Britain and starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1934, The Man Who Knew Too Much. Lorre didn't speak much English but fooled Hitchcock into thinking he did. He learned most of the lines phonetically. Lorre married his first wife, Celia Lovsky (with whom he had lived earlier in Berlin), while filming the movie in London (they divorced in 1945). Lovsky, who was known as Cäcilie Lvovsky in Europe, had a long career of her own in American movies and television. The following year, he appeared in Mad Love.
Lorre came to Hollywood in 1935 and starred in Crime and Punishment (based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel). His bulging eyes, round face and nasal voice became familiar to millions of moviegoers in a film career that spanned 33 years. Despite doing well in the movie, rolls did come easily. He returned to Britain and starred in another Hitchcock movie Secret Agent with John Gielgud. He returned to Hollywood and did two more movies before being cast as a Japanese detective, Kentaro Moto, modeled after the successful Chinese film detective, Charlie Chan. Between 1937 and 1939, Lorre made eight of these movies.
In 1941, he was cast to play Joel Cairo in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon. In this movie, he would be teamed up with other future Casablanca co-stars like Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet. They would do four movies together.
The following year, at age 39, he was cast to play Ugarte in Casablanca. Lorre was given $1,750 a week and unlike Sidney Greenstreet, was not given any guarantee of weeks work. He ended up working only one week and receiving the $1,750. He was good friends with Humphrey Bogart before the film. The two were drinking buddies and like to play practical jokes on other people.
In 1943, he played a Nazi officer in the war drama The Cross of Lorraine with Casablanca actor Richard Ryen and Hans Twardowski. It has been written of Lorre, "Hollywood also shortchanged ... Peter Lorre. His Ugarte in Casablanca is one of his very best characterizations—if also the shortest. But most of his later roles could not match his work in Casablanca or the earlier Maltese Falcon and the classic M in Germany."
Playing Marius, one of the Devil's Island escaped convicts who is later killed during an attack by a German plane, Lorre is again reunited with his Casablanca co-stars, Bogart, Rains, Dantine and, of course, Greenstreet, in Passage to Marsailles which was produced by Hal B. Wallis and directed by Michael Curtiz. Later that year, he appeared in Frank Capra comedy Arsenic and Old Lace playing Dr. Einstein, Raymond Massey's criminal partner (the movie was actually filmed three years earlier). Later in 1944, he appeared with Greenstreet and Henreid in The Conspirators. In 1945, he appeared in Hotel Berlin. Later, he and Greenstreet appeared together in The Mask of Dimitrios and 1946's The Verdict and Three Strangers. All in all, Greenstreet and Lorre appeared in ten films together.
He met wife number two, the German actress Kaaren Verne, while filming All Through the Night in 1942 and married her in 1945 shortly after divorcing Celia. During the Hayes Commission investigation of 'reds' in Hollywood during the late 40s, Lorre was interviewed by investigators and asked to name anyone suspicious he had met since coming to the United States. Lorre responded with a list of everyone he knew.
After Hollywood successes in the 1930's and '40's, Lorre became unhappy as good roles were harder to come by. He had become typecast and his talents were, in fact, underutilized and under appreciated. Following the war, he starred in bombs like The Beast With Five Fingers. In the early 1950s, a disillusioned Lorre went to Germany, trying to return to his classic M days, both as a director and actor. But his 1951 German film, Der Verlorene (The Lost One), which he directed and co-wrote, was too depressing even for German audiences and a commercial failure (it is held in high regard today). He had little choice but to return to Hollywood and try to make a living there.
While in Germany, Lorre had met and fallen for his third wife, Annemarie Brenning. They were married in 1953 and had a daughter, Catharine (who was born in 1950). By 1962 they were separated, a divorce hearing was scheduled two years later, but was canceled when Lorre died the morning of the hearing. Lorre remained good friends with his wife as well as his two ex-wives Celia and Kaaren until his death.
Ever since a serious operation as a young man in Switzerland, for which he had been given morphine, Lorre had struggled with a drug problem. His ongoing morphine addiction helped break up his marriages. In fact, he had met Annemarie while in a German sanitarium for his drug problem. Billy Wilder complained about Lorre's drug use when they roomed together in Los Angeles back in the late 1930s.
In the last decade of his career, Lorre (whom Charlie Chaplin and others had once called the “world's greatest actor”) was reduced to playing character parts or cameo roles, as in Around the World in Eighty Days in 1956, along with Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, and what seems to be hundreds of other film stars of the day. He also played some comedy roles, as in Comedy of Terrors in 1964 with Boris Karloff. Lorre enjoyed doing radio mysteries, for which his distinct nasal voice was well suited. He was featured in many television productions of the 1950s and early '60s, including an early version of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, where he got to be an early Bond villain. He even played roles in popular TV series such as 77 Sunset Strip, Route 66 and Disneyland. He made a few decent movies in the '50s and '60s, but his last really good role had been in the John Huston satire Beat the Devil in 1953. Lorre was a favorite characterization in several Warner Brothers cartoons where he tangled with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
In 1961, a somewhat portly Lorre played shark loving scientist Lucius Emery in the science fiction thriller Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea starring Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine.
Lorre rounded out his film career teamed with Boris Karloff and Vincent Price in both The Raven in 1963 and The Comedy of Terrors in 1964, in which he was very funny.
On March 23, 1964, just four days after completing Jerry Lewis' The Patsy, a film that Lorre really did not want to do, he died of a stroke at the age of 59. He was cremated and is in the Cathedral Mausoleum in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. This cemetery includes such famous stars like Rudoph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Nelson Eddy, Janet Gaynor, Tyrone Power and Clifton Webb along with Casablanca actor Frank Puglia (Arab street vendor). When his third wife, Annemarie died, she had her ashes mixed in with Lorre's.
Sidney Greenstreet as Señor FerrareQuote: "Might as well be frank, monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles."
- Ferrare talking with Victor Lazlo.
Born Sydney Hughes Greenstreet in Sandwich, England on December 27,
to a family that could trace its heritage back to the Norman conquest.
After growing up in a 400 year old family house in Kent, Sydney
the families long tradition of working in the leather business and at
19 went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to work for a tea company. A drought
that career, not to mention bankrupting him, although while he was
he read the complete works of William Shakespeare. After returning to
and working in a brewery, he joined the Ben Greet Academy of
S.Z. Sakall as CarlQuote: ''I have already given him the best, knowing he is German and would take it anyway."
- Carl talking with Captain Renault.
Hungarian character actor S.
Z. “Cuddles” Sakall played numerous supporting roles in Hollywood
and comedies in the 1940's and 1950's. His rotund cuteness earned
the nickname "Cuddles," and he was often billed as S.Z. "Cuddles"
in his later films though he was never happy about the name.
John Qualen as BergerQuote: ''But we, who are free, will do all we can. We are organized, Monsieur, underground like everywhere else''
- Berger talking with Victor Lazlo.
Qualan, who plays a Norwegian was actually Canadian. He was born John Kvalen
December 8, 1899 in Vancouver, British Columbia to Norwegian parents.
became interested in acting while a student at Northwestern University.
This didn't make his father, a minister, very happy. He went to New
in 1929 to pursue his career.
Madeleine LeBeau as YvonneQuote: ''Who do you think you are, pushing me around? What a fool I was to fall for a man like you.''
- Yvonne talking to Rick.
Born Marie Therese Ernestine in Bourg-la-Reine, France, on February 22,
1921, she married future Casablanca
actor Marceli Dalio (the croupier Emil) as a 17 year old in 1938 (it
his second marriage). They met while doing a play together. The
year, she appeared in her first movie, the French drama, Jeunes
filles en détresse (Girls in Distress).
Leonid Kinskey as SaschaQuote: ''Yvonne, I loff you, but he pays me." - Sascha refusing to give Yvonne another drink.
Leonard Kinsky (or in Russian
- Леонид Кински) was born in
Russia, on April 18, 1903. He worked as a mime with imperial theaters
leaving Russia in 1921 because, as he put it "it just happened to be
I belonged to a group of people who were not wanted after the
Leaving the Bolshevik revolution behind, he reached New York with a
American theater troupe, the Firebird Players, whose act consisted of
famous paintings; since there was little call for this on Broadway,
was soon out of work.
Joy Page as AnninaQuote: ''Oh, monsieur, you are a man. If someone loved you very much, so that your happiness was the only thing that she wanted in the world, but she did a bad thing to make certain of it, could you forgive her?" - Annina asking Rick a question.
Page was born on November 22, 1924 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actor Don Alvarado (real name Jose Paige), who played dashing Latin Lover types in silent films. Following her parents' divorce, Joy's mom, Ann Alvarado, married Jack L. Warner.
A 17 year old high school student at the time she was cast as Annina, the Bulgarian girl. Being the stepdaughter of Jack Warner, boss of the studio, she was tested for the part. A telegram from Warner to Director Curtiz may have had some influence in her getting the role. She was hired for two weeks at $100 a week but was on the set for two months because the schedule was constantly being changed to accommodate the more expensive actors (she earned $800 in all). Her first scene in her first movie was filmed on May 29 and included Bogart where she says the quote given above. She was kept apart from the usual outrages of director Michael Curtiz toward bit players, especially inexperienced ones, by Humphrey Bogart who felt protective toward her. After Casablanca she played Ronald Coleman’s daughter in Kismet.
In 1945, Joy married actor William Orr, whose own acting career was on the decline. Warner made him a producer almost overnight and later put him in charge of Warner Bros. television. They had a son Gregory in 1954 (a TV writer and documentary producer - he did The Day They Died in 2003).
In 1948, she received third billing in her third movie, Man-Eater of Kumaon. After this, she received only five more roles in the next ten years. Page starred with Robert Stack in 1951's Bullfighter and the Lady. She appeared two years later, again with Stack, as Consuelo de Cordova in the somewhat undistinguished Western, Conquest of Cochise.
That same year, Page appeared with Sterling Hayding in a weak war drama, Fighter Attack. In 1955, Page plays José Ferrer's love interest in The Shrike. Her eighth and last role was that of an Indian women in the Western Tonka starring Sal Mineo in 1958.
Orr was put in charge of Warner Bros.' television division and his wife, Joy, starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in the first season of Walt Disney's Swamp Fox in 1959. She finished her short career appearing in episodes of Cheyenne and Wagon Train on television. In 1970, she divorced Orr and is currently living in Los Angeles.
Page passed away at age 83 from complications of a stroke and pneumonia on April 18, 2008 in Los Angeles. Besides her son, Gregory, she is survived by her daughter, Diane Orr, and her half sister, Barbara Warner Howard.
Curt Bois as The PickpocketQuote: "I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself. Be on guard. This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere, everywhere."
- The warning he was giving as he was picking their pockets.
Curt Bois was born in Berlin, Germany on April 5, 1901. He was
of three Casablanca
born in Berlin (along with Conrad Veidt and Trude Berliner). He began
at the young age of seven when he appeared in the movie, Bauernhaus
und Grafenschloß which was directed by future Casablanca
director, Michael Curtiz. After experience as a cabaret performer, Bois
worked with the legendary impresario Max Reinhardt and appeared in 25
in Germany. Being Jewish, he was forced to leave Germany after
Nazi's came to power in 1933. He arrived in America in 1935 and learned
English by listening to burlesque routines in New York City.
Richard Ryen as Colonel HeinzeQuote: ''Can you imagine us in London?"
- Heinze asking Rick a question about the Germans capturing London.
Richard Anton Robert Felix was born on September 13, 1885 in Hungary.
began working in Germany as an actor and later became a well respected
stage director at the Münchener Kammerspiele (Munich Chamber
His first movie was 1932 comedy Die
Verkaufte Braut (The Bartered Bride). The following year, he had
a bit part in Muß man sich
gleich scheiden lassen with future Casablanca
star S.Z. Sakall. In 1934, Felix made three more movies, Weiße
Majestät, Peer Gynt and
Das Erbe von Pretoria in Germany before the Nazi's expelled