Alexander Granach est un Acteur Autrichien né le 18 avril 1893 à Horodenka (Ukraine)
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Nom de naissance Jessaja GranachNationalité AutricheNaissance 18 avril 1893
à Horodenka (Ukraine
)Mort 14 mars 1945
(à 51 ans) à New York (Etats-Unis
Alexander Granach (April 18, 1893 – March 14, 1945) was a popular German actor in the 1920s and 1930s who later migrated to the United States.
Granach was born Jessaja Granach 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 Dracula's Renfield. He co-starred in such major early German talkies as Kameradschaft (1931). Granach, who was Jewish, fled to the Soviet Union when Hitler came to power. When the Soviet Union also proved too inhospitable, he settled in Hollywood, where he made his first American film appearance as Kopalski in Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka (1939). Granach proved indispensable to big-studio filmmakers during the war years, effectively portraying both dedicated Nazis (he was Julius Streicher in The Hitler Gang) and loyal anti-fascists. Perhaps his most notable 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 virtually the entire supporting cast was prominent European refugees.
Alexander Granach died on March 14, 1945 in New York from a pulmonary embolism following an appendectomy. Alexander Granach's autobiography, There Goes an Actor (1945) was republished in 2010 under the new title, From the Shtetl to the Stage: The Odyssey of a Wandering Actor (Transaction Publishers). His son, Gad Granach, lived in Jerusalem and wrote his own memoirs with many references to his father.
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