Alexander Granach

Birthday:
04/18/1893
Place of birth:
Werbowitz, Galicia, Austria-Hungary:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alexander Granach (April 18, 1890 – March 14, 1945) was a popular German actor in the 1920s and 1930s who immigrated to the United States in 1938. Granach was born Jessaja Gronach in Werbowitz (Wierzbowce/Werbiwci) (Horodenka district, Austrian Galicia then, now Verbivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine), to Jewish parents and rose to theatrical prominence at the Volksbühne in Berlin. Granach entered films in 1922; among the most widely exhibited of his silent efforts was the vampire classic Nosferatu (1922), in which the actor was cast as Knock, the lunatic counterpart to Renfield, effectively a substitute name for Dracula. He co-starred in such major early German talkies as Kameradschaft (1931). The Jewish Granach fled to the Soviet Union when Hitler came to power. When the Soviet Union also proved inhospitable, he settled in Hollywood, where he made his first American film appearance as Kopalski in Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka (1939) for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Granach proved indispensable to film makers during the war years, effectively portraying both dedicated Nazis (he was Julius Streicher in The Hitler Gang, 1944) and loyal anti-fascists. Perhaps his best role was as Gestapo Inspector Alois Gruber in Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die! (1943). His last film appearance was in MGM's The Seventh Cross (1944), in which almost the entire supporting cast was prominent European refugees.

Credits

Nosferatu: The First Vampire (1998)
as archive
My Buddy (1944)
as Tim Oberta
The Seventh Cross (1944)
as Zillich
Voice in the Wind (1944)
as Angelo
Three Russian Girls (1943)
as Major Braginski
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
as Paco
Mission to Moscow (1943)
as Russian Air Force Officer
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
as Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber
Wrecking Crew (1942)
Northwest Rangers (1942)
as Pierre - Man in Casino
Half Way to Shanghai (1942)
as Mr. Nikolas
Joan of Paris (1942)
as Gestapo Agent
A Man Betrayed (1941)
as T. Amato
So Ends Our Night (1941)
as The Pole
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
as Hotel Valet (uncredited)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
as Soldier (uncredited)
Ninotchka (1939)
as Comrade Kopalski
Bortsy (1936)
as Rovelli
Последний табор (1936)
as Danilo
la tragédie de la mine (1932)
as Kasper
Kameradschaft (1931)
as Kasper
Der Raub der Mona Lisa (1931)
as Redner
Danton (1931)
as Marat
1914, die letzten Tage vor dem Weltbrand (1931)
as ein Freund Jaurès‘
Das letzte Fort (1929)
as Gestino
Flucht in die Fremdenlegion (1929)
as Beppo, Legionär
Großstadtschmetterling (1929)
as Coco
Der Adjutant des Zaren (1929)
as Stranger
Polizeibericht Überfall (1928)
Ich hatte einst ein schönes Vaterland (1928)
as Pollaczek
Die berühmte Frau (1927)
as Diener bei Alfredo
Svengali (1927)
as Geiger Gecko
Qualen der Nacht (1926)
as Murphy
Die Radio Heirat (1924)
I.N.R.I. - Ein Film der Menschlichkeit (1923)
as Judas Ischariot
Ein Weib, ein Tier, ein Diamant (1923)
as Archivar Lindhorst
Schatten – Eine nächtliche Halluzination (1923)
as Shadowplayer
Der Mensch am Wege (1923)
as Shoemaker
Die Tänzerin Navarro (1923)
as Clegg
Paganini (1923)
as Ferucchio
Erdgeist (1923)
as Schigolch
Lucrezia Borgia (1922)
as ein Gefangener
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
as Knock
Camera obscura (1921)

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