Ludwig Donath

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Ludwig Donath
Ludwig Donath in "Jolson Sings Again".jpg
Ludwig Donath in Jolson Sings Again
Born (1900-03-06)March 6, 1900
Vienna, Austria
Died September 29, 1967(1967-09-29) (aged 67)
New York City, U.S.
Cause of death leukemia
Nationality Austrian and American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1921-1968

Ludwig Donath (6 March 1900 in Vienna – 29 September 1967 in New York City), was an Austrian actor who appeared in many American films.


Born to a Jewish family[1] Donath graduated from Vienna's Academy of Dramatic Art and became a prominent actor on the stage in Berlin. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he returned to Vienna and was active there in theater and film and until the Anschluss in 1938. He began his American film career with Lady from Chungking (1942) and went on to appear in dozens of films, including Gilda (1946), The Jolson Story (1946), Jolson Sings Again (1949), The Great Caruso (1951), My Pal Gus (1952), Sirocco (1951), and Torn Curtain (1966).

Donath played the father of entertainer Al Jolson (Larry Parks) in the two biopics The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949), although he was less than 15 years older than Parks as Jolson.

He also appeared frequently on television and on Broadway.

He died of leukemia in 1967.

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