Ernst Deutsch

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Ernst Deutsch
Ernst Deutsch, 1931.jpg
Ernst Deutsch (in his gym, 1931)
Born (1890-09-16)September 16, 1890
Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Died March 22, 1969(1969-03-22) (aged 78)
Berlin, Germany
Cause of death heart attack
Other names Ernest Dorian
Citizenship Austrian
Occupation Theater and film actor
Years active 1916-1966
Known for Acting
Spouse(s) Anuschka Fuchs (m. 1922–69) his death

Ernst Deutsch, aka Ernest Dorian (16 September 1890 in Prague – 22 March 1969 in Berlin), was an Austrian actor. In 1916 he played the protagonist in the world première of Walter Hasenclever's Expressionist play The Son in Dresden to great acclaim.[1] He also had the role of the antihero Famulus in Wegener's The Golem: How He Came into the World in 1920. He is most widely known to English-speaking audiences for his role as "Baron" Kurtz in the 1949 film noir The Third Man.


The actor Ernst Deutsch was the son of Prague-based German merchant Ludwig Kraus and his wife Louise Kraus. Deutsch married his childhood friend Anuschka Fuchsin in 1922.[2] She was the daughter of the Prague industrialist Arthur Fuchs. Her cousin Herbert Fuchs of Robettin was married to the sister of Franz Werfel.


Deutsch grew up in the town of Prague, attended high school. Deutsch was a good tennis player and came up to rank 7 of the Austro-Hungarian tennis list. After high school he served in the k.u.k. Army. He was a childhood friend of Franz Werfel in Prague.[3][4]

In 1914, Deutsch made his stage debut at Berthold Viertel on the Vienna Volksbühne.[4] After a short season in Prague Edgar Licho hired him for the Albert Theatre in Dresden, where he moved in 1916. In the Dresden Albert Theatre Deutsch played in Schiller's The Robbers the role of Franz Moor and in Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening the role of Moritz Stiefel. He gained acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Walter Hasenclever's drama The Son. This role established him as a famous expressionist actor.[2][3] The drama premiered on October 8, 1916. Deutsch played before invited guests. In 1917 he went to the German Theater Berlin, played until 1933 at various stages of the city, gave guest performances in Hamburg , Munich and Vienna, and was even participated in a tour of South America. Since 1916, he starred in 42 silent films. In April 1933 he left Germany because the Nazi Germany's state doctrine was Antisemitism. After leaving Germany he played back in Vienna and Prague, gave guest performances in Zurich, Brussels and in 1936 in London. In 1938 when Germany's antisemitism was spreading throughout Europe he emigrated to New York, played briefly on Broadway in 1939 and moved to Hollywood, where he received American citizenship.[2] From 1942 he played under the pseudonym of Ernest Dorian in some Hollywood movies. He mostly played Nazis and German officers in these films.[4][5]

After a stint in 1946 in Buenos Aires Ernst Deutsch returned in 1947 to Paris from where he went to Vienna. In Vienna he became a member of the Burgtheater.[5] At the National Theatre he played in 1948 in The Helpers of God directed by Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross Society. In 1951 he moved back to Berlin and played there in Schiller and Schlossparktheater. In addition to his stage-works, he often toured in Germany and abroad. His early work in films included the Baron Kurtz in the Carol Reed-directed film noir The Third Man alongside Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.[4] He was awarded the Best Actor award in 1948 in Venice for his performance in the film Der Prozeß. He enjoyed critical success in theater as Nathan the Wise in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's classic of the same name, as well as Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.[6][7] In more than 2000 performances he played the role of Nathan and traveled with productions from all over Europe. Deutsch was considered as an expressionist actor par excellence for his portrayal of the title role in Walter Hasenclever's youth drama The Son (1916, 1918 and 1923).[2][8]

He died on 22 March 1969 in Berlin[2] and was buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Berlin highway.



The Ernst Deutsch Theater in Hamburg-Uhlenhorst


  • Die Rache der Toten (1916)
  • Die zweite Frau (1917)
  • Apokalypse (1918)
  • Irrungen (1919)
  • Die Tochter des Henkers (1919)
  • Aladdin und die Wunderlampe (1919)
  • The Monastery of Sendomir (1919)
  • Die Frau im Käfig (1919)
  • Die Geisha und der Samurai (1919)
  • Blondes Gift (1919)
  • Der Galeerensträfling (2 parts) (1919)
  • Fluch der Vergangenheit (1919)
  • Vom Schicksal erdrosselt (1919)
  • Monica Vogelsang (1919)
  • Der gelbe Tod (2 parts) (1920)
  • Erpreßt (1920)
  • Ferreol (1920)
  • Fiebernächte (1920)
  • Gerechtigkeit (1920)
  • Haß (1920)
  • Das Frauenhaus von Brescia (1920)
  • Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (The Golem: How He Came Into the World) (1920)
  • Die Jagd nach dem Tode (2. Teil: Die verbotene Stadt) (1920)
  • Judith Trachtenberg (1920)
  • Lady Godiva (1920)
  • Von morgens bis mitternachts (1920)
  • Hannerl und ihre Liebhaber (1921)
  • Burning Country (1921)
  • Die Dame und der Landstreicher (1921)
  • Der alte Gospodar (1922)
  • Herzog Ferrantes Ende (1922)
  • Sein ist das Gericht (1922)
  • Der Kampf ums Ich (1922)
  • Liebe kann man nicht kaufen (1922)
  • Die Pagode (1923)
  • Das brennende Geheimnis (1923)
  • The Ancient Law (1923)
  • Soll und Haben (1924)
  • Dagfin (1926)
  • Das Frauenhaus von Rio (1927)
  • Zwei unterm Himmelszelt (1927)
  • Artisten (1927)
  • The Marriage of Corbal (1936)
  • Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
  • The Man I Married (1940)
  • So Ends Our Night (1941)
  • The Prisoner of Japan (1942)
  • Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942)
  • Reunion in France (1942)
  • The Moon Is Down (1943)
  • Night Plane from Chungking (1943)
  • Isle of the Dead (1945)
  • Der Prozeß (1948)
  • The Third Man (1949)
  • K - Das Haus des Schweigens (1951)
  • Wenn abends die Heide träumt (1952)
  • Nathan der Weise (1955 TV movie)
  • Jedermann (1958 TV movie)
  • Sebastian Kneipp - Ein großes Leben / Sebastian Kneipp - Der Wasserdoktor (1958)
  • Ein Mädchen vom Lande (1961 TV movie)
  • Vor Sonnenuntergang (1962 TV movie)
  • In der Strafkolonie (1963 TV movie)
  • Der Fall Bohr (1966 TV movie)


  1. ^ Schürer 1997.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ernst Deutsch". Film - Zeit (in German). Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Malkin & Rokem 2010, p. 155.
  4. ^ a b c d Grange 2006, p. 74.
  5. ^ a b Nahshon 2012, p. 281.
  6. ^ Sieg 2002, p. 67.
  7. ^ Jansohn 2006, p. 207.
  8. ^ a b Grange 2006, p. 75.
  9. ^ Italy; Documents and Notes. Centro di documentazione. 1964. p. 73. 


  • Schürer, Ernst (1997). German Expressionist Plays:The German Library serial vol. 66. New York: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-0950-8. .

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