Egon Brecher

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Egon Brecher
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Egon Brecher
Born (1880-02-18)18 February 1880
Olomouc, Czechoslovakia formerly Olmütz, Austria-Hungary
Died 12 October 1946(1946-10-12) (aged 66)
Hollywood, California, USA
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1903–1946

Egon Brecher (February 18, 1880 – August 12, 1946) was a Czechoslovakian stage actor and director who toured Austria and Germany acting on the stage, and also served as the chief director of the Stadts Theatre in Vienna, before entering the motion picture industry.


Born as a son of a professor, he began to study philosophy in 1900 at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He did not finish his studies, because he decided to become an actor. He debuted either in 1900 (according to Zalmen Zylbercwaig) in the play Das neue Ghetto (The new ghetto) by Theodor Herzl or in 1903 on the Vienna stage in Grillparzer′s Sappho. He played on several province stages in Germany and Austria until 1910 and then played in Vienna on stages directed by Josef Jarno until 1921. Besides, in 1907, he founded an initiative (which lasted for something like one or two years) to play modern yiddish theatre in German language with Siegfried Schmitz and members of the student club ‘Theodor Herzl’ like Hugo Zuckermann and Oskar Rosenfeld. In 1919 he was co-founder of the Freie Jüdische Volksbühne in Vienna, a yiddish stage, which existed for three years.

Then, in 1921, he went to Broadway, to act there. He moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s to appear in foreign-language versions of American films. In the mid-1930s he appeared in classic horror films The Black Cat, Werewolf of London, The Black Room, Mark of the Vampire and The Devil-Doll, and worked steadily in the espionage films of the 30s and 40s, his Slavic accent landing him roles both noble and villainous. One of his largest screen roles was in 1946's So Dark the Night. He died that same year of a heart attack.

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  • Brigitte Dalinger: Verloschene Sterne. Geschichte des jüdischen Theaters in Wien. (History of Jewish theatre in Vienna) Picus Verlag, Wien 1998, p. 65 and 198


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See also: Brecher