Monday, January 22, 2018

Conrad Veidt 125 -- January 22, 2018
Conrad Veidt was born 125 years ago today, on 22-January-1893.  He served on the Eastern Front during World War One.  He became ill and was hospitalized.  Eventually he was medically discharged.  He pursued a career in the theater, and soon started appearing in German movies.  He played many memorable parts.
He played Cesare the somnambulist in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
He played Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs.

Veidt opposed the Nazis.  When they came to power, he and his Jewish wife went to Britain.  Later they went to the United States.
He played Jaffar in The Thief of Baghdad.
He played Major Heinrich Strasser in Casablanca.

Soon after, Conrad Veidt died of a heart attack.

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