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Willy Grunwald

1870 - 1945

The director and actor Willy Grunwald grew up in Hannover where he also made his first acting experiences. Later he went to Berlin - among others at the Lessingtheater - and during World War I he directed first plays for the front theater.

He always directed his attention to the theater where he impersonated many roles. When he was unexpected appointed as the director of the Städtisches Schauspiel- und Opernhaus in Hannover he faced a complete new challenge.
His appointment was taken critical from some persons, so the famous writer Vicky Baum described him as an elder actor endowed with attributes like jealousy, vanity, envy and megalomania.

In the meantime Willy Grunwald dedicated devoted to his work and he was soon confronted with the reproach to devote too much to the modernist art. The working conditions became so bad that he asked for his release in 1924.

But also the new medium film attracted his attention and he directed first movies from the middle of the 10's like "Frau Lenes Scheidung" (17), "Das Ende vom Liede" (19), "Graf Sylvains Rache" (20) and "Neuland - Das glückhaft Schiff" (23). 

As an actor he took part in the movies "Opfer der Gesellschaft" (18), "Der Fluch des Spiels" (18) and "Schinderhannes" (28) among others. 

Willy Grunwald died on May 8, 1945 because of falling down the stairs.

Other movies with willy Grunwald (Actor):
Schabernack (36) Ohm Krüger (41)

Opfer der Gesellschaft (18) Der falsche Demetrius (18) Haben Sie Fritzchen nicht gesehen? (18) Die schwarze Locke (18) Die Vase der Semirames (18) Der Rubinsalamander (18) Die siebente Grossmacht (19) Nach dem Gesetz (19) Das Ende vom Liede (19) Graf Sylvains Rache (20) Max, der Vielgeprüfte (20)

Haben Sie Fritzchen gesehen? (18) Die Vase der Semirames (18)

Thanks to Ines Katenhusen for making available some additional information to Willy Grunwald.