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Tom Santschi (Paul William Santschi)

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Biography

Lucerne, Switzerland
American leading man and character actor of the silent period. Born in Crystal City, Missouri(though a number of popular reference works list Switzerland and Kokomo, Indiana). He is listed in the 1880 census as living in Kokomo at the age of two years. This means his date of birth must have been 1878. His father, Paul Santschi was born in Sigriswill, Switzerland and came to the U.S. as a child. Tom Santschi promoted the myth that he was born in Switzerland since it seemed much more exciting than being born in Crystal City or Kokomo. Read more...

Actor

Character: Dutch Mike Lutze

Paradise Island 1930

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Character: Bud Landers

The Phantom of the West 1931

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