Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid

Highest Rated: 100% Dead Ringer (1964)

Lowest Rated: 15% Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Birthday: Jan 10, 1905

Birthplace: Not Available

Some sources list actor Paul Henreid's birthplace as Italy, but at the time of his birth, Henreid's hometown of Trieste was still part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Of aristocratic stock, Henreid felt drawn to theatrical activities while attending college. He briefly supported himself as a translator before Max Reinhardt's assistant Otto Preminger officially discovered him and launched his stage career. Still billed under his given name of Von Hernreid, he made his film debut in a 1933 Moroccan production. Relocating to England in 1935, he was often as not cast as Teutonic villains, most memorably in the 1940 melodrama Night Train. In 1940, Henreid became an American citizen--and, at last, a leading man. Henreid's inbred Continental sophistication struck a responsive chord with wartime audiences. He spent his finest years as an actor at Warner Bros., where he appeared as Jerry Durrance in Bette Davis' Now Voyager (1942), as too-good-to-be-true resistance leader Victor Laszlo in Casablanca (1942), and as troubled medical student Philip Carey in the 1946 remake of Of Human Bondage (1946). Henreid exhibited a great deal of vivacity in such swashbucklers as The Spanish Main (1945), Last of the Buccaneers (1950) and The Siren of Bagdad (1953); in the latter film, the actor engagingly spoofed his own screen image by repeating his lighting-two-cigarettes bit from Now Voyager with an ornate water pipe. He was also an effective villain in Hollow Triumph (1948, which he also produced) and Rope of Sand (1949).Henreid's star faded in the 1950s, a fact he would later attribute (in his 1984 autobiography Ladies Man) to the Hollywood Blacklist. He turned to directing, helming such inexpensive but worthwhile dramas as For Men Only (a 1951 indictment of the college hazing process) and A Woman's Devotion (1954). One of his best directorial efforts was the 1964 meller Dead Ringer, starring his former Warners co-star (and longtime personal friend) Bette Davis. In addition, Henreid directed dozens of 30- and 60-minute installments of such TV series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Maverick. His last on-camera appearance was as "The Cardinal" in Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977). Henreid married Elizabeth Gluck in 1936, with whom he had two daughters, Monika Henreid and Mimi Duncan. On March 29, 1992, he died of pneumonia, following a stroke, in Santa Monica, California.

Highest Rated Movies



15% Exorcist II: The Heretic The Cardinal 1977
20% The Madwoman of Chaillot General 1969
71% Operation Crossbow Gen. Ziemann 1965
No Score Yet Ballad in Blue Screenwriter Director 1964
100% Dead Ringer Director 1964
No Score Yet The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse Etienne Laurier 1962
40% Never So Few Nikko Regas 1960
No Score Yet Holiday for Lovers Eduardo Barroso 1959
No Score Yet Girls On The Loose Director 1958
No Score Yet Ten Thousand Bedrooms Anton 1957
No Score Yet A Woman's Devotion Capt. Henrique Monteros Director 1956
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas Maria's Manager 1956
No Score Yet Pirates of Tripoli Edri al-Gadrian 1955
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Florenz Ziegfeld 1954
No Score Yet Siren of Bagdad Kazah the Great 1953
No Score Yet Stolen Face Dr. Philip Ritter 1952
No Score Yet For Men Only (The Tall Lie) Actor Director 1952
No Score Yet So Young, So Bad Dr. John H. Jason 1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand Commandant Paul Vogel 1949
No Score Yet The Scar Actor 1948
No Score Yet Song of Love Robert Schumann 1947
No Score Yet Deception Karel Novak 1946
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Philip Carey 1946
No Score Yet Devotion Nichols 1946
No Score Yet The Spanish Main Capt. Laurent Van Horn 1945
No Score Yet Between Two Worlds Henry Bergner 1944
No Score Yet In Our Time Count Stefan Orwid 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944
No Score Yet The Conspirators Vincent Van Der Lyn 1944
99% Casablanca Victor Laszlo 1942
93% Now, Voyager Jerry Durrance 1942
88% Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) Karl Marsen 1940
82% Goodbye, Mr. Chips Max Staefel 1939
No Score Yet Victoria the Great Bit Part (uncredited) 1937
No Score Yet Morgenrot Actor 1933


No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Berman 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
Director 1966
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Director 1962
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Director 1962
No Score Yet Maverick
Director 1959


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