Victor Varconi

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The native form of this personal name is Várkonyi Mihály. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi in Roberta (1935) trailer.jpg
Varconi in trailer for Roberta (1935)
Born Mihály Várkonyi
(1891-03-31)31 March 1891
Kisvárda, Austria-Hungary
Died 6 June 1976(1976-06-06) (aged 85)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1913–1959
Spouse(s) Anna Aranyosy (m. 1919–1949) (her death)
Lilliane Varconi (m. ?–1976)[1]

Victor Varconi (31 March 1891 – 6 June 1976) was a highly successful silent film star in Hungary. Born Mihály Várkonyi in Kisvárda, Austria-Hungary, he was the first Hungarian actor to make a film in the United States. His normal speaking accent sounded almost exactly like that of Transylvanian Bela Lugosi.

He worked under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, and played Pontius Pilate in DeMille's 1927 production of The King of Kings.

Varconi's popularity waned with the advent of sound films - because of his accent he was cast in smaller parts, often playing Hispanic characters. He worked on the New York City stage and wrote for radio.

He died from a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California on June 6, 1976 at the age of 85. He was interred at the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, California, USA.

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