Victor Varconi

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The native form of this personal name is Várkonyi Mihály. This article uses the Western name order.
Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi in Roberta (1935) trailer.jpg
Varconi in trailer for Roberta (1935)
Born Mihály Várkonyi
(1891-03-31)March 31, 1891
Kisvárda, Austria-Hungary
Died June 6, 1976(1976-06-06) (aged 85)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1913—1959

Victor Varconi (March 31, 1891 – June 6, 1976) was a highly successful silent film star in Hungary. Born Mihály Várkonyi in Kisvárda, Austria-Hungary, he was the first Hungarian actor to make a film in the United States.

He worked under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, and played Pontius Pilate in DeMille's 1927 production of The King of Kings.

Varconi's popularity waned with the advent of sound films- because of his accent he was cast in smaller parts, often playing Hispanic characters. He worked on the New York City stage and wrote for radio.

He died from a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California on June 6, 1976, at the age of 85 and was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, California, USA.

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