Louis Mann

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Louis Mann and Clara Lipman in 1901

Louis Mann (20 April 1865 – 15 February 1931) was an American theatre actor and sometime director, who in his later life made a few appearances in motion pictures. He was married to actress and playwright Clara Lipman.


Mann was born in New York City in 1865 to Daniel and Caroline Mann,[1] and made his first theatrical appearances as a child actor, mainly in German-language theatricals. In 1896 he appeared in the Herald Square Theatre on Broadway, in the George Dance and Ivan Caryll production The Girl from Paris. He played Hans Nix to Clara Lipman's Estelle Cookoo in the 1897 Morton-Kerker musical comedy The Telephone Girl.[2] [3] and in 1899 the two appeared in the original run of the farce The Girl in the Barracks. Mann and Lipman took the leads, and were well received.[4] Mann continued appearing in original stage comedies, and in 1903 produced his own Broadway production, Charles Nirdlinger's The Consul at the Princess Theatre on 29th Street.[5] The play had a short run, and in the later half of 1903, Mann appeared in Weber and Fields low comedy musical Whoop-Dee-Doo.[6]

Louis Mann in "The Cheater," 1911[7]

In 1906, Mann appeared in his wife's play Julie Bonbon, which opened at Lew M. Field Theatre, New York. He appeared in all five of his wife's works, staging her final piece Nature's Nobleman.[8] By 1914, Mann appeared in his first moving picture, Giles Warren's Your Girl and Mine: A Woman Suffrage Play. In 1918 Mann appeared in his most notable role, that of Karl Pfeifer, in Aaron Hoffman's stage play Friendly Enemies.[9] His most notable film role was The Sins of the Children (1930) opposite Robert Montgomery and Leila Hyams.


  1. ^ Louis Mann personal history jewishencyclopedia.com
  2. ^ Advertisement - Boston Daily Globe | Boston, Massachusetts | Sunday, August 19, 1900; pg. 19; col. 8
  3. ^ Brown, Thomas Alston; A History of the New York Stage (The Telephone Girl); 1908; pg. 583 accessed September 7, 2012
  4. ^ Louis Mann and Clara Lipman appear in a new farce from the German
  5. ^ The Consul Internet Broadway Database
  6. ^ "Weber and Fields Again" (PDF). New York Times (September 25b). 1903. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  7. ^ "Daily Illini" (Digital copy). Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. January 8, 1911. p. 7. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ Nature's Nobleman Internet Broadway Database
  9. ^ Friendly Enemies Answers.com

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