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Paul Muni (Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund)

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Biography

Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Lviv, Ukraine]
Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and eyes, 165 pounds. He joined the Yiddish Art Theatre in New York (1908) for 4 years, and then moved to other Yiddish theaters until 1926, when he "went into an American play" called "We Americans", his first English-language role. Read more...

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Character: Orin Nordholm Jr.

The World Changes 1933

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Character: Joe Radek

Black Fury 1935

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Character: Emile Zola

The Life of Emile Zola 1937

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Character: Dr. David Newcome

We Are Not Alone 1939

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Character: Eric Toresen

Commandos Strike at Dawn 1942

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Character: Prof. Joseph Elsner

A Song to Remember 1945

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Character: Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Abelman

The Last Angry Man 1959

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Character: Tom Cooper - Attorney

The Ford Television Theatre 1952

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Character: James Dyke

The Valiant 1929

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