Curtis Bernhardt

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Curtis Bernhardt
Born Kurt Bernhardt
15 April 1899
Worms, Germany
Died February 22, 1981(1981-02-22) (aged 81)
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, United Sates
Nationality German
Occupation film director

Curtis Bernhardt (15 April 1899 – 22 February 1981) was a German film director born in Worms, Germany, under the name Kurt Bernhardt.[1] He trained as an actor in Germany, and performed on the stage, before starting as a film director in 1926. Other films include A Stolen Life (1946) and Sirocco (1951).

Bernhardt made films in Germany from 1925 until 1933,[1] when he was forced to flee the Nazi regime — who briefly had him arrested[2] — because he was Jewish. Bernhardt directed films in France and England before moving on to Hollywood to work for Warner Brothers in 1940. He produced and directed his last Hollywood picture, Kisses for My President (1964), about the nation's first female Chief Executive starring Polly Bergen and Fred MacMurray.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b Profile,; accessed 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 17 June 2015.

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