Curt Bois

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Curt Bois
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-P047613, Curt Bois und Fritz Kortner im Schiller-Theater.jpg
Curt Bois (left) with Fritz Kortner in the Berlin Schillertheater (1959)
Born (1901-04-05)April 5, 1901
Berlin, Germany
Died December 25, 1991(1991-12-25) (aged 90)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1907–1987
Spouse(s) Hedy Ury (?–1962) (her death)
Dagmar Bois (?–1991) (his death)

Curt Bois (April 5, 1901 – December 25, 1991) was a German actor. He is best remembered for his performance as the Pickpocket in Casablanca (1942).

Bois was born in Berlin and began acting in 1907, becoming one of the film world's first child actors, with a role in the silent movie Bauernhaus und Grafenschloß. In 1909, he played the title role in Der Kleine Detektiv ('The Little Detective').

Bois' acting career spanned eighty years, a longer period than can be claimed by any other actor. His final performance was in Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire, 1987). Bois performed in theatre, cabaret, musicals, silent film and "talkies" over his career as an actor.

In 1934, the Jewish Bois was forced to leave his home in Nazi Germany for the United States, where he found work on stage on Broadway. By 1937, he had found his way to Hollywood, and began acting in films, the best-known of which was Casablanca (1942), with a single speech warning about pickpockets as "vultures everywhere" while stealing the wallet of a gullible Englishman.

After World War II Bois decided it was safe to return to Germany, which he did in 1950. He finished his life and career in Germany, first in the East, and finally in the West. Bois died in Berlin, the city of his birth, at the age of ninety.

Partial filmography[edit]

1 American film debut.

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