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Curt Bois (left) with Fritz Kortner in the Berlin Schillertheater (1959)
April 5, 1901|
|Died||December 25, 1991
|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.
- The Young Man from the Ragtrade (1926)
- The Prince of Pappenheim (1927)
- The Transformation of Dr. Bessel (1927)
- A Tremendously Rich Man (1932)
- Tovarich (1937)1
- The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
- Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
- The Great Waltz (1938)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) as Student
- Hullabaloo (1940)
- Bitter Sweet (1940)
- Boom Town (1940) as Ferdie
- That Night in Rio (1941)
- Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
- Casablanca (1942)
- Swing Fever (1943)
- Paris After Dark (1943)
- Princess O'Rourke (1943)
- The Desert Song (1943)
- Cover Girl (1944)
- Saratoga Trunk (1945)
- The Spanish Main (1945)
- Arch of Triumph (1948)
- The Woman from Tangier (1948)
- The Woman in White (1948)
- Caught (1949)
- Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)
- The Haunted Castle (1960)
- The Boat Is Full (1981)
- Wings of Desire (1987)
1 American film debut.
- Curt Bois at the Internet Movie Database
- Curt Bois biography from Thomas Staedeli's index of German film stars and filmmakers from 1903–1945
- Photographs of Curt Bois