Ferdinand Schumann-Heink

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Ferdinand Schumann-Heink (born 9 August 1893 Hamburg, Germany died 15 September 1958[1]) was a prolific character actor with over 65 films to his credit. He was the son of opera singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink.[2]

Though most of his films were uncredited roles, he wrote the screenplay for the 1930 film Mamba.[3]

During the First World War Ferdinand enlisted in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, serving at Camp Funston, Arizona until he was medically discharged with weakened lungs from pneumonia.[4] Ferdinand's brother George Washington Schumann-Heink died of illness whilst in the US Army. His brother August had returned to Germany where he was killed in action with the Imperial German Navy when his U-Boat hit a mine in the Mediterranean Sea.[5]

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  1. ^ Find-a-grave entry
  2. ^ "Schumann-Heink sues movie man". The Evening Independent. 23 December 1925. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Schumann-Heink 69, 'Could not retire'". The New York Times. 16 June 1930. Retrieved 21 July 2011. Then she drew him out to the centre of the stage and introduced him to the audience as her son, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink. "He's the author of 'Mamba'; ...
  4. ^ http://www.balboaparkhistory.net/glimpses/scheink.htm
  5. ^ "Schumann-Heink Sails for Germany" (PDF). The New York Times. 3 August 1919.

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