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Paul Muni

Paul Muni
Movie publicity photo (1932)
Personal information
Birth nameMeshilem Meier Weisenfreund
Birth dateSeptember 22, 1895
Place of birthLwów, Poland, Austro-Hungarian Empire (present day Lviv, Ukraine)
Date of deathAugust 25, 1967(age 71)
Death placeMontecito, California, U.S.
Other namesMoony Weisenfreund
Years active1929 - 62
SpouseBella Finkel (1921-1967-his death)

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Paul Muni (born Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund, September 22, 1895 August 25, 1967) was an Austrian-Hungarian-born American stage and film actor. During the 1930s, he was considered the most prestigious actor at Warner Brothers studios, and one of the rare actors who was given the privilege of choosing which parts he wanted.

His acting quality, usually playing a powerful character, such as Scarface, was partly a result of his intense preparation for his parts, often immersing himself in study of the real character's traits and mannerisms. He was also highly skilled in using makeup techniques, a talent he learned from his parents, who were also actors, and from his early years on stage with the Yiddish Theater, in New York. At the age of 12, he played the stage role of an 80-year-old man; in one of his films, Seven Faces, he played seven different characters.

He was nominated six times for an Oscar, winning once as Best Actor in The Story of Louis Pasteur.

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