Paul Lukas

Paul Lukas


Paul Lukas
Film: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born May 26, 1895 in Budapest, Hungary
Died Aug. 15, 1971 of heart attack in Tangier, Morocco

Paul Lukas, tall and handsome, first found fame on the stages of Budapest and Vienna.

At 20, he joined the national theater of his native Budapest, and in nine years played 60 parts in the dramas of Shaw, Chekhov, Molnar and Pirandello.

He was brought to Hollywood in 1927 to play the suave continental hero of silent films — in which his ignorance of English was no problem. He whispered Hungarian recipes into Pola Negri's ear during passionate love scenes.

Learning English for the talkies, he continued his Hollywood career into more than 100 films where his roles ranged from hussar to grandfather.

In 1943 he won an Academy Award for his performance in "Watch on the Rhine."

In 1964, when he was celebrating his 70th birthday and his 50th year as actor, Lukas told what the years do to the beautiful people:

"One moment you are young and pretty. The next, old Father Time has stepped in with silent teeth and chewed you up."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1943 Best Actor Watch on the Rhine Win

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