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Paul Hörbiger

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Paul Hörbiger (29 April 1894 – 5 March 1981) was an Austrian theatre and film actor.

Paul Hörbiger was born in Budapest, the son of Hans Hörbiger, an engineer who wrote Welteislehre on glacial cosmology, and elder brother of actor Attila Hörbiger. In 1902 the family returned to Vienna, while Paul attended the famous gymnasium (secondary school) at St. Paul’s Abbey in the Lavanttal. In World War I he served in an mountain artillery regiment of the Austro-Hungarian Army, discharged in 1918 with the rank of an Oberleutnant.

Paul Hörbiger started his acting career in 1919 at the city theatre of Liberec (Reichenberg) and from 1920 performed at the New German Theatre in Prague. In 1926 his fame grew after he was employed by Max Reinhardt at the ensemble of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, reaching a high point with his appointment at the Vienna Burgtheater in 1940.

In 1921 he married the actress Josepha Gettke with whom he had four children. The actors Christian Tramitz… read more

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