S.Z. Sakall

S.Z. Sakall

Highest Rated: 100% Wonder Man (1945)

Lowest Rated: 57% The Student Prince (1954)

Birthday: Feb 2, 1884

Birthplace: Not Available

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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee Actor 2015
57% 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
64% 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
86% 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 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
99% Casablanca Carl 1942
No Score Yet Seven Sweethearts Mr. Van Maaster 1942
90% 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


Felix Bassenak says: When the bag lets out the cat, somebody gets scratched.

Felix Bassenak says: Nobody needs a mink coat but the mink.

Customer says: Um, waiter? Will you ask Rick if he will have a drink with us?

Carl Headwaiter says: Madame he never drinks with customers. Never. I have never seen it.

Customer says: What makes saloon keepers so snobbish?

German Banker says: Perhaps if you tell him I run the second largest banking house in Amsterdam?

Carl Headwaiter says: Second largest? It wouldn't impress Rick. The leading banker in Amsterdam is the pastry chef in our kitchen.

German Banker says: We have something to look forward to.

Carl Headwaiter says: And his father's the bellboy.

Rick Blaine says: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine.

Ilsa says: Play it Sam, let me hear 'As Time Goes By'.

Sam says: [to Illsa] You're no good for him, you're bad luck.

Rick Blaine says: They grab Ugarte and she walks in. Well, thats the way it goes, one in one out.

Capt. Louis Renault says: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.

Carl Headwaiter says: The second largest? That wouldn't impress Rick. The leading banker in Amsterdam is now the pastry chef in our kitchen.