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S.Z. Sakall



Chubby-jowled Hungarian character actor S.Z. Sakall began as a sketch writer for Budapest vaudeville shows, then turned to acting at age 18. Initially billed as Szoeko Szakall (the name translated to "blonde beard," in honor of the hirsute adornment he'd grown to appear older), the actor became a star of the Hungarian stage and screen in the 1910s and 1920s. Among his German-language films of the early-talkie era were 1929's Ihre Majestaet die Liebe (remade in the U.S. as Her Majesty Love, with W.C. Fields in Sakall's role) and the box-office hit Two Hearts in Waltz Time (1930); he also briefly ran his own production company during this period. Fleeing Hitler in the late '30s, Sakall settled in Hollywood, where from 1939 through 1955 he played an endless succession of excitable theatrical impresarios, lovable European uncles, and befuddled shopkeepers. His rotund cuteness earned Sakall the nickname "Cuddles," and he was often billed as S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall in his later films. Nearly always featured in the supporting cast (notably as Karl the waiter in 1942's Casablanca), S.Z. Sakall was given the principal role of songwriter Fred Fisher in 1949's Oh, You Beautiful Doll, though top billing went to June Haver. S.Z. Sakall's final performances were seen in the 1954 film The Student Prince and the like-vintage TV series Ford Theatre.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee
  • Actor
2015
60% The Student Prince
  • Joseph Ruder
1954
No Score Yet Small Town Girl
  • Papa Eric Schlemmer
1953
No Score Yet It's a Big Country
  • Stefan Szabo
1951
No Score Yet Lullaby of Broadway
  • Adolph Hubbell
1951
No Score Yet Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
  • Felix Hoff
1951
No Score Yet Tea for Two
  • J. Maxwell Bloomhaus
1950
No Score Yet Montana
  • Poppa Schultz
1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
  • Miklos
1950
71% In the Good Old Summertime
  • Otto
1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours
  • Felix Hofer
1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining
  • Shendorf
1949
No Score Yet Whiplash
  • Actor
1948
80% Romance on the High Seas
  • Uncle Lazlo
1948
No Score Yet April Showers
  • Mr. Curley
1948
No Score Yet Cynthia
  • Prof. Rosenkrantz
1947
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye
  • Luigi Restaurateur
1946
No Score Yet San Antonio
  • Sacha Bozic
1945
No Score Yet The Dolly Sisters
  • Uncle Latsie Dolly
1945
100% Wonder Man
  • Schmidt
1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut
  • Felix Bassenak
1945
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon
  • Poppa Karl
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Himself
1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Dr. Schlenna
1943
80% The Human Comedy
  • Mr. Ara
1943
No Score Yet Wintertime
  • Hjalmar Ostgaard
1943
97% Casablanca
  • Carl
1942
No Score Yet Seven Sweethearts
  • Mr. Van Maaster
1942
92% Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Schwab
1942
No Score Yet That Night in Rio
  • Arthur Penna
1941
100% The Devil and Miss Jones
  • George
1941
100% Ball of Fire
  • Prof. Magenbruch
1941
No Score Yet Spring Parade
  • The Baker
1940
No Score Yet My Love Came Back
  • Ludwig
1940
No Score Yet It's a Date
  • Carl Ober
1940

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